Statewide student contest focuses on energy efficiency ideas

Energize Connecticut, in partnership with the United Illuminating Co. and Eversource Energy, is accepting entries for its 11th annual “eesmarts” student contest for students in grades K-12. The contest is open to all students in Connecticut and the deadline for entries is April 24.

The contest invites students to create projects about energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability. Finalists for each grade level will be honored at an awards ceremony June 5 at the state Capitol in Hartford.

United Illuminating is the main electric provider in Shelton. Eversource Energy includes the former Yankee Gas, which provides natural gas to the city.

Science, math and technology

“The eesmarts program is intended help Connecticut students understand the science, math and technology related to clean energy and empower them to make energy-efficient choices, now and in the future,” said Bill Dornbos, Environment Northeast and Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board chairman.

“The annual contest is a great opportunity for students to creatively demonstrate their understanding of clean energy and develop projects that can positively impact Connecticut’s environment,” Dombos said.

Different topics for grade levels

Students in grades K-8 are assigned grade-specific topics and asked to submit their entries in the form of a poster (grades K-2), narrative (grade 3), news article (grade 4), book review (grade 5), essay (grade 6), speech (grade 7), or public service announcement (grade 8).

Students in grades 9-12 compete in the Power of Change award category, which asks students to propose a community-based project to address an energy-related issue.

Students may work in groups in the high school category, and winners’ schools will receive funding to make their proposed project a reality. The school grants are $1,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place.

For all grade levels, first-place winners will receive a $400 Amazon gift card, second-prize winners a $250 Amazon gift card, and third-place winners a $50 Amazon gift card.

For information about the contest, go to