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K-I-C Start School Presentations

Since 2008, takeCHARGE has offered school presentations aimed at raising awareness of the importance of using energy wisely and encouraging students in Newfoundland and Labrador to take action today to reduce their energy usage.

As part of the Kids in Charge (K-I-C Start) Program, we offer two distinct presentations aimed at educating students in grades K-3 and grades 4-6. Presentations are engaging, fun and interactive with content, activities and prizes tailored to each group. Both presentations last approximately 30-45 minutes.

Energy Efficiency Explorers (Grades K-3)

We all have a part to play in using less energy. Through training to be Energy Efficiency Explorers, students will identify the ways energy is used and discover energy-saving actions they can perform at home and at school. This presentation is designed to help students understand their role in saving energy through demonstrations, dialogue and interactive games. After the presentation, students are awarded certificates of completion and named honorary Energy Efficiency Explorers.

Energy Efficiency Superheroes (Grades 4-6)

Guided by an elite team of Energy Efficiency Superheroes, students are introduced to a variety of energy-saving products and learn energy-saving actions they can perform at home and at school. This presentation builds upon information provided in the Explorers presentation and introduces students to the concepts of energy conservation and energy efficiency. Students discover what they can do to be Energy Efficiency Superheroes and why it’s important.

takeCHARGE is committed to inspiring a culture of conservation amongst the youth in our province and we look forward to working with students to develop new Energy Efficiency Explorers and Superheroes.

Book a Presentation

To book a presentation, please email schoolprogram@takechargenl.ca

School Contests

ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

K-I-C START CONTEST (GRADES K-3)

To enter the K-I-C Start contest, students must explain why saving energy is important and demonstrate what they can do to conserve. Entries are a classroom effort. Individual classes must design an entry that is creative, informative and fun. A class can film a short video, write a book, record a song, and design a poster or other creative mediums that communicate energy savings. Only your imagination limits you!

Deadline to Enter: February 27, 2017

For more details on entering the K-3 Contest (click here)

PRIZES

There will be two grand prize winners of a $2000 customizable electronics package and multiple winners of two iPads. The prizes will be awarded at the classroom level.

K-I-C START CONTEST (GRADES 4-6)

To enter the K-I-C Start contest, students must explain why saving energy is important and demonstrate what they can do to conserve. Entries are a classroom effort. Individual classes must design an entry that is creative, informative and fun. A class can film a short video, write a book, record a song, and design a poster or other creative mediums that communicate energy savings. Only your imagination limits you!

Deadline to Enter: February 27, 2017

For more details on entering the 4-6 Contest (click here)

PRIZES

There will be two grand prize winners of a $2000 customizable electronics package and multiple winners of two iPads. The prizes will be awarded at the classroom level.

K-I-C START CONTEST (GRADES 7-12)

The enter the K-I-C Start school contest for grades 7-12, students are required to creatively communicate messages about saving energy to their peers. Students must explain why saving energy is important and demonstrate what they can do to conserve, in a way that will inspire other students to take action.  Entries can be from an individual or a group of up to four students. Entries should be creative, informative and fun, and can be in the form of a video, book, song, poster or other creative medium.

Deadline to Enter: April 14, 2017

PRIZES

There will be three grand prize winners. Each winner will receive one iPad for each member of their group and 5 iPads for their school!

For more details on entering the 7-12 Contest (click here)

Kids

Meet The Characters

These explorers are always looking to find the best ways to save energy. Read their stories and learn where to spot the Energy Efficiency Explorers in your home!

  • Theo Thermostat

    Theo Thermostat

    What he looks like: Theo is the smallest of the explorers—he is about the size of an iPad mini. Because he is very shy, he prefers to stay at home. You will find him on the wall of each room of your house, working away as silent as a mouse.

    What he does: Theo’s job is very important. He controls the temperature in the house. He is so good at it that he can do it when he is asleep.

    Theo’s story: Many years ago before Theo was born, there was no way to keep the house warm. Someone had to put wood on the fire all night to keep it burning. If the fire went out, the house was very chilly in the mornings. Brrr.

    On the day Theo was born, he made families very happy and mornings a lot less cold. Today Theo the thermostat is found on many walls, helping to control the heat, even when we sleep! His work is all done automatically, and boy, does he help save energy!

    What he likes: Theo likes it when houses are warm and cozy when you need them to be and cooler when you don’t. He also likes it when temperatures are exact, keeping the temperature comfortable and saving money.

    Favourite game: Hot Potato


  • Isaac Insulation

    Isaac Insulation

    What he looks like: Isaac is as big and tall as a fridge. He’s a little soft around the middle. When you say something nice to him, he tends to blush and turn pink.

    What he does: Isaac lives in the walls where he keeps busy doing important work. In the winter time, he helps to make sure warm air stays in your house and cold air stays out. In the summer, he keeps your house cool by not letting all the hot air pass through the walls.

    Isaac’s story: Before Isaac came along, houses were always cold in the winter. The heat from the stove always escaped through the walls of the house. Families even tried to fill the walls with newspapers!

    One cold winter’s day, an inventor put on a sweater, and had a thought: “If I can stay warm when I wear a sweater, maybe my house would stay warm if it had a sweater on.” This was the moment that Isaac Insulation was born! The inventor stuffed the walls with Isaac Insulation. Fluffy like a sweater, he kept the house warm and saved a lot of energy. Today, the walls of all houses and buildings are stuffed with insulation.

    What he likes: Isaac likes when homes add insulation to the basement and attic. Bundling up like that saves a lot of energy.

    Favourite game: Pin the Tail on the Energy Hog.


  • Winnie Window

    Winnie Window

    What she looks like: Winnie is a rectangle. Even though she’s very thin, she’s made up of two layers of glass covered in a special coating and filled with a gas.  She’s not just any window; she’s an ENERGY STAR® window.

    What she does: Though Winnie isn’t very tall, she is a star at saving energy. Winnie is always on the lookout for drafts. She can stop them in their tracks—pesky cold air is no match for her.

    Winnie’s story: Long before Winnie, families complained about their old drafty windows. That was until a very smart fellow came along. One chilly winter’s day as he was washing his old windows, the sun was so bright that he had to put on his sunglasses. When he went back to work, he noticed that with sunglasses on, not only did he see better, but his eyes were warmer! BINGO! An idea popped into his head. If the window had another layer of glass, it would help keep the cold air out. But he didn’t stop there. He found that if there was a special coating on the glass, it would act like a sunblock and help to protect the house from powerful UV rays.

    And that was how Winnie was born! Today, many windows are built like Winnie, with two layers of glass and a special coating. We call them ENERGY STAR windows.

    What she likes: Winnie likes it when homes and offices use ENERGY STAR windows. It makes her feel proud to help save energy.

    Favourite game: The Scavenger Hunt. Winnie likes to look for more ways to save energy in the house.


Saving energy is what we do. When we band together, our powers become stronger! Read our stories to see how we make the world more energy efficient!

  • Captain Therma

    Captain Therma

    Known by his superhero friends as The Controller, Captain Therma is always in charge of the temperature in your house. Hardworking, he is a silent guardian, able to control the heat in your home automatically, even when he’s sleeping.

    Experience: When he was a little boy, Captain Therma always knew he’d follow his dream of helping the world save energy. But it wasn’t until he studied computer science that he realized he could use his computer programming skills to make energy saving automatic, and therefore, more efficient. Captain Therma speaks fluent in Celsius – that’s how you measure temperature.

    Superpowers: He can receive and transmit information wirelessly. Also capable of controlling the temperature.

    Special knowledge: Very good with computers and an excellent programmer.

    Weakness: Afraid of open spaces, Captain Thermo prefers to stay close to the walls.

    Pet peeve: When people turn up the thermostat instead of putting on a sweater.

    Accomplishments: Saved 10% of the household’s heating costs by turning the temperature down 5 degrees at night and when the family was away.

    Catch phrase: “Is it hot in here?”


  • The InsulatR

    The InsulatR

    Despite his big size, The InsulatR tends to be a homebody. He likes nothing better than to lie around the house and is always ready to protect everyone inside from the extreme temperatures outside.

    Experience: Knows the home is the castle and makes it as comfortable as possible.

    Superpowers: The InsulatR is a shapeshifter – he has the power to transform his shape at will. That means he can fit into the tiniest nooks and crannies of your house. When he does this, he can stop drafts and cold from coming in and warm air from leaking out.

    Special knowledge: Chemistry. And counting in R values- the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.

    Weakness: The InsulatR is super sensitive to sunlight so he likes to stay covered. Oh, and he doesn’t like to be touched.

    Pet peeve: Why settle for a drafty home when there are so many insulation options available.

    Accomplishments: He’s keeping homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

    Catch phrases: “Don’t wait to insulate!” and “What’s your R value?”


  • Wonder Window

    Wonder Window

    This superhero has quite a few tricks up her sleeve. Her super strength allows her to block even the strongest gusts of wind. She is able to withstand extreme heat and cold. And—oh, yah—she’s invisible.

    Experience: Wonder Window is really good at shining a light on places that could use a little help when it comes to saving energy.

    Superpowers: Not only does she have the power of invisibility, she has super vision that helps her see the ways to save energy. And according to her, energy efficiency always includes saving money and helping the environment.

    Special knowledge: How to let the light in, but keep the cold out.

    Weakness: She gets a bit misty-eyed when the temperature changes quickly.

    Pet peeve: Leaving doors and windows open when the heat is on is a definite no, no.

    Accomplishments: Shining a light on how ENERGY STAR® windows can decrease your energy costs by about 6%.

    Catch phrase: “I can see clearly now – to better energy efficiency!”