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Bismarck, N.D. – Jaden Schmitz, Jacob Moeykens and Jase Rogness from Hazen High School won the first round of the #ShowYourEnergy competition with their video outlining how energy affects our morning routine, how we communicate, how we travel and even how some of us see things. The students are members of teacher Chris Harvey’s video production class and won $150. The students will advance to the final round where they have an opportunity to win a $1,500 grand prize, which will be presented at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in May 2018.
“I would recommend this to other teachers,” says Harvey. “I think it’s a good chance to do cross curricular types of projects. Social studies teachers working with science teachers, those types of partnerships would work well for this type of program. This also helped us teachers fulfill research requirements, so we benefited on those two activities.”
“I was happy about winning, because we spent about two weeks working on it,” explains student Jaden Schmitz. “It took a while and we definitely put in the work, so we are happy that it paid off.”
#ShowYourEnergy was launched by Gov. Doug Burgum as part of Energy Awareness Month in October to raise awareness about energy by focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics program. This campaign is designed to fulfill several of North Dakota’s educational standards, making this a great way for teachers to incorporate fun, creative, hands-on activities into their regular lesson plans. Winners will be chosen during three grading rounds to receive prizes.
One submission in each category (Grades 1-6 and Grades 7-12) will be chosen based on a grading rubric. Winning videos from each round will receive $150 and will continue on to the finals. One video from the finals in each category will be chosen for the Grand Prize of $1,500 for the class, plus the chance to attend the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in May 2018 to showcase their video. The next deadline is February 1, 2018 and the third-round deadline is April 1, 2018. The Grand Prize winner will be chosen from among each round’s champion.
For more information about #ShowYourEnergy and how to enter, visit www.showyourenergy.com.