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Eversource Challenge

What is the
Eversource Challenge?

The Eversource Challenge is a program for K-12 students living in an Eversource electric community. It invites students to showcase their knowledge on saving energy, energy-efficient technologies, and sustainability through various challenges.

Eligible Towns

The Eversource Challenge is open to all students in grades K-12 in towns served by Eversource (see "List of Eligible Communities," below). Check here and see if your community qualifies. The program offers grade-specific challenges ranging from poster-making for first graders to developing an energy-efficiency action plan for high school students. We encourage teachers and administrators to promote the program in their classrooms and schools. To see the challenge for each grade, visit our assignments section.

LIST OF ELIGIBLE COMMUNITIES


EASTERN

Acton
Acushnet
Allston
Arlington
Ashland
Assonet
Auburndale
Bedford
Boston
Brighton
Brookline
Burlington
Cambridge
Canton
Carlisle
Carver
Charlestown
Chelsea
Chestnut Hill
Dartmouth
Dedham
Dorchester
Dover
Duxbury
East Boston
Fairhaven
Framingham
Freetown
Holliston
Hopkinton
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Kingston
Lexington
Lincoln
Marion
Marshfield
Mattapan
Mattapoisett
Maynard
Medfield
Medway
Middleborough
Millis
Milton
Natick
Needham
New Bedford
Newton
Newton Center
Newton Highlands
Newton Lower Falls
Newton Upper Falls
Newtonville
Norfolk
Plymouth
Plympton
Readville
Rochester
Roslindale
Roxbury
Scituate (Humarock)
Sharon
Sherborn
Somerville
Stoneham
Sudbury
Waban
Walpole
Waltham
Wareham
Watertown
Wayland
West Newton
West Roxbury
Weston
Westport
Westwood
Winchester
Woburn


WESTERN

Agawam
Amherst
Ashfield
Becket
Berkshire
Bernardston
Blandford
Buckland
Cheshire
Chester
Chesterfield
Chicopee
Colrain
Conway
Cummington
Dalton
Deerfield
E. Otis
Easthampton
Erving
Feeding Hills
Gill
Granville
Greenfield
Hadley
Hatfield
Hinsdale
Holyoke
Huntington
Indian Orchard
Lake Pleasant
Lanesboro
Lee
Lenox Dale
Leverett
Longmeadow
Ludlow
Middlefield
Montague
North Amherst
North Hatfield
Northfield
Otis
Pittsfield
Plainfield
Richmond
Russell
Sandisfield
Savoy
Shattuckville
Shelburne Falls
South Deerfield
South Lee
Southampton
Southwick
Springfield
Stockbridge
Sunderland
Turners Falls
Tyringham
West Chesterfield
West Hatfield
West Springfield
Westfield
Whately
Windsor
Woronoco
Worthington

Registration

Registration for the Eversource Challenge runs from December 17, 2018, to March 14, 2019.
For more information, email eversourcechallenge@eversource.com.
For the official rules, click here.
Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony

At the end of the program, finalists from each grade and one guest are honored at a special awards ceremony.
Judging

Judging

Judges base their decisions on the use of accurate and scientific facts, creativity, readability, persuasiveness, originality and appearance. Students' submissions are judged against those from the same grade levels in their community. Entries containing violence or other inappropriate content will be disqualified.
Prizes

Prizes

Each grade has first-, second- and third-place winners. In the case of winning groups, each student receives his or her own prize.

First-Place Prize:
$400 Amazon™ gift card
Second-Place Prize:
$250 Amazon™ gift card
Third-Place Prize:
$100 Amazon™ gift card
Amazon is a trademark of Amazon.com Inc. and its affiliates.
*All prizes subject to change.
Registration
The Eversource Challenge gives students grade-specific assignments that showcase their energy knowledge with a focus on four core values:
Awards Ceremony

Energy
conservation

Reducing or going without a service to save energy.
Judging

Energy-efficient
technologies

Technologies that have been developed to save energy.

     

     

Judging

Energy
efficiency

Using less energy to provide the same service.

     

     

Prizes

Sustainability


Not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.

Students can locate their grade on the list below and follow the instructions for the assignment. Don't forget: The registration deadline is Monday, March 14, 2019, and all entries must be received or postmarked by Monday, March 14, 2019.
Kindergarten and Grades 1-2   Saving Energy Poster
Create a poster that shows how you can help save energy around your house (for instance, turning off a light or TV when you're not using it). Use your imagination and show what you've learned about saving energy!
Posters must be between 11" x 17" and 18" x 24" in size.
There is no restriction on tools used (crayons, watercolor, markers, pastels, etc.).
Grade 3   Limericks
Write two limericks about different ways you can save energy! A limerick is a funny poem that consists of five lines: Lines 1, 2 and 5 have nine syllables and the last words of each line must rhyme, while lines 3 and 4 have six syllables and the last words of each line must rhyme. Your first limerick should be about saving energy in your home, and the second should be about saving energy at school.
Provide two limericks on one 8.5" x 11" page.
Entries must be typed.
Grade 4   Create a Billboard Promoting Saving Energy
Create the design and messaging for an outdoor billboard that promotes saving energy to your community. Create the imaging and words that will influence your community to change their energy consuming habits for the better and in 150 words or less explain how your billboard promotes saving energy.
Billboard creative must be created on 11" x 17"
150-word or less explanation must be double spaced typed.
There is no restriction on tools used (crayons, watercolor, markers, pastels, etc.).
Grade 5   Create an Energy Saving Super Hero Character
Create an Energy Saving Super Hero and in 150 words or less explain how your character promotes saving energy. Please create the image of your character on 11" X 17" paper and use 8.5" X 11" paper for the 150-word explanation.
Posters must be 11" X 17"
150-word explanation must be double spaced typed. Please adhere to the word limit.
There is no restriction on tools used (crayons, watercolor, markers, pastels, etc.).
Grade 6    Letter to Parents
Write a letter to your parent(s) or guardian(s) challenging them to change their energy habits and become more energy efficient. Bring up topics such as energy conservation (for example, turning off the lights) and using energy-efficient technologies like LED bulbs.
Entries must be 500 words or less, double spaced and typed.
Grade 7   News Article
Write a news article explaining why it's important to save energy. Your article should describe the concepts of energy efficiency and conservation and why they are important in protecting the environment. Remember to use supporting details to back up your information, and make sure to include tips on how readers can save more energy in their daily lives.
Entries must be typed and double spaced and should be no more than two (2) single pages or one (1) front and back.
Entries may not be longer than two pages and must be typed.
Grade 8   Public-Service Announcement
Prepare a public-service announcement (PSA) and record yourself delivering the PSA for your local radio stations. The announcement should cover energy conservation and/or energy efficiency. Check that your information is accurate and that your message is clear and persuasive.
Entries must be typed and double spaced
The audio should be :30 seconds or :60 seconds in length
Audio must be clear and be able to be emailed for submission The announcement must be either 30 seconds or 60 seconds in length.
Audio and written entries must be emailed to scott@motusexp.com.
The audio recordings constitute part of the Entries and are subject to the Judging Criteria.
Grade 9-12  Persuasive Image
Produce a "Persuasive Image" in words or pictures, that advocates for an energy topic. Write a short poem (125 words or less), draw a cartoon strip (12 cells or less), on energy efficiency, an alternate energy source, or environmental concern. Picture yourself meeting with a friend whose attitude on the issue you wish to change to match your opinion. Entries will be evaluated based on scientific validity and concise and convincing imagery. Every word counts; remember that a picture is worth a thousand words.
125-word poem must be double spaced typed.
Cartoon strip must be 11" x 17" or larger.
There is no restriction on tools used (crayons, watercolor, markers, pastels, etc.).


Registration

Registration for the Eversource Challenge runs from Dec. 17, 2018, to March 14, 2019.
For more information, email eversourcechallenge@eversource.com.
For the official rules, click here.

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Submission

After your registration has been received, you will receive an email explaining the submission instructions. Grades K-7 must mail their entries to the address below, and grades 8-12 must upload their entries online. Please submit only the entries that you registered. Entries must be postmarked or submitted no later than Monday, March 14, 2019

Motus Experiential
Eversource Challenge
ATTN: Scott Halstead
P.O. Box 2353
South Hamilton, MA 01982-9998



FAQ

What is the Eversource Challenge?
It's a program that gives students in grades K-12 the opportunity to showcase their energy-efficiency knowledge through various challenges. Each grade level is assigned a different activity relating to energy efficiency. First-, second- and third-place winners are chosen from each grade.
Who can participate?
Students in grades K-12 living or attending school in an Eversource community can participate. To see if your town is eligible, check the list above or email eversourcechallenge@eversource.com.
When is registration?
Registration opens Dec. 17, 2018, and ends March 14, 2019. You can register online or by mail.
Do students have to register individually, or can a teacher register a whole class?
Teachers are welcome to register all their students at one time. Each teacher is allowed to register multiple classes and may also register students from different grades as long as he or she indicates this on the registration form.
Do parents need to submit registration forms in addition to any submitted by the teacher?
No, only one registration form is needed.
Do teachers need parent permission before registering their class?
registering their class?
No, but we do encourage teachers to notify parents that their children are being entered in this contest.
When are submissions due?
Submissions must be received or postmarked by March 14, 2019.
How is the work submitted?
Grades K-7 must submit their work by mail. Grades 8-12 must submit their work online. You will receive an email with submission instructions once you have registered.
Where should I mail a submission to?
Motus Experiential
Eversource Challenge
ATTN: Scott Halstead
P.O. Box 2353
South Hamilton, MA 01982-9998
When are the winners announced?
Winners are announced at the beginning of April.
When is the awards ceremony?
The awards ceremony is in early May. All winners will be notified and given all necessary details well in advance.
Can work be done in groups?
The only challenge that can be completed in groups is for grades 9-12. All K-8 work must be completed individually.
How are the submissions judged?
Our judges base their decisions on the use of accurate and scientific facts, following the challenge's directions, creativity, readability, persuasiveness and appearance. Entries containing violence or other inappropriate content will be disqualified. For the official rules, click here.
If a group wins for the grades 9-12 challenge, do all members get prizes?
Yes, each group member receives the designated prize for their place.
When are the prizes distributed?
Winners receive their prizes at the awards ceremony. If a winner can't attend, the prize will be mailed to his or her home.
Who can I contact for more information?
Email vanessa@motusexp.comor Call 1-800-674-8243 X3.


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