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Careers in Energy Week - Student Contests

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Careers in Energy Week

Oct. 14-20, 2013

High School Video Contest

Individual students are asked to express why a career in the energy/utility industry is exciting, innovative and engaging and, if any, which energy/utility career(s) the students might be interested in considering in the future and why through a creative 2-minute video.  Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: Content – (35 points); Creativity – (35 points); Structure (e.g. grammar, spelling) and organization of video – (30 points).  

Videos should be in MPEG-4, AVI or MOV formats, uploaded and shared through Google Drive, and kept to a maximum of 2 minutes.  Please submit the video by Friday, November 15, 2013 by sharing the video with the email address: cacareersinenergy@gmail.com.  Please state your name, grade level and name of your school and name of your teacher/counselor on the video.  This will not be counted towards your maximum 2 minute length for the video. 

One winning video will be selected in California, with (1) first place runner up for Northern California, and (1) first place runner up for Southern California.  Winning videos may be published and the student will receive a cash prize of $500 for first place and $250 for the runner ups.  Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. By entering the video contest, your video may published publically. Decisions of judges are final and binding. Winner will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail after January 1, 2014.

Community College and University – App Concept Development Contest

Teams comprised of up to 2 full-time students are asked to develop a concept for an app or mobile/online game designed to teach K-12 students about the energy and utility industry (what our engineers do, problems we solve – i.e.: the board game Operation teaches kids internal body parts and organs for surgery, Sim City teaches kids about running a business and theme park operation):

  • Engage users around STEM and the importance that technology plays in the energy and utility industry
  • Attract and engage the next generation of industry leaders

Students should build a concept for an app or mobile/online game that would attract students to the industry. 

Projects should be presented using presentation slides (e.g. PowerPoint, Prezi, Slide Rocket, etc.) in PDF format.  The submission should include a ½ page typed summary and a maximum of 10 slides, not including the title page and appendices.  The title slide should include the team member(s)’ full name(s), school name, name of your teacher/counselor, and all team email addresses that can be used to contact the team members.  The slides should include any imagery or mock-up of the proposed app.  The projects should be submitted by Friday, November 15, 2013 via Google Drive to: cacareersinenergy@gmail.com.

One winning app concept will be selected in California, with (1) first place runner up for Northern California, and (1) first place runner up for Southern California.  Winning teams will receive a cash prize of $1,000 for first place and $500 for the runner ups. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. All submitted apps will become property of the California Energy and Utilities Workforce Consortium.

Judges will evaluate the app contest submissions using the following criteria: Utilization of STEM-related curriculum (bonus if energy/utility information included) – (25 points); Usefulness to students, specifically grade levels K-12 – (25 points); Quality of design – (25 points); and Originality, creativity, innovation – (25 points).   Decisions of judges are final and binding. Winner will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail after January 1, 2014.