Think!-ing about creative ways to save energy recently led to prizes for students in two schools in our service area.

It started with Think! Energy Innovation, an energy efficiency program we offer to high schools. The program consists of an in-school presentation and an Innovation Challenge, which challenges kids to explore innovative ways to make a difference in energy or water efficiency.

Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences students and teacher Greg Mazurek pose with their Think! Energy prizes.

Teams of up to four students can communicate their ideas to others through artwork, essays, videos, music, photography or other creative methods. Grand prize-winning teams receive solar backpacks – an energy-efficient prize that’s useful every day.

We were pleased to recently honor the following teams:

Grand prizes:
Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences, Drums: Shania Piasecki, Dailynn Tejeda, Madison Chartrand  (teacher: Greg Mazurek)

Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences: Eric Ragan (teacher: Greg Mazurek)

Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences: Samantha Zaremba, Dario D’Amato, Nicole Leshko, Ashley Albrechta  (teacher: Greg Mazurek)

Western Wayne High School, Lake Ariel: Caleb Brungard, Connor Laity, Matt Romanowski, Maxwell Phillips (teacher: Anthony Zoppi)

Honorable mentions:

Western Wayne High: Nick Kassen, Daniel Kassen (teacher: Anthony Zoppi)

Western Wayne’s award winners pose with teachers Mark Nebzydoski and Anthony Zoppi.

Western Wayne High:  Sadie Nahman, Amber Fenwick, Sinaea Buford, Nicholas Gombita (teacher: Anthony Zoppi)

Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences: Kaitlyn Beiler (teacher: Greg Mazurek)

If you’d like to see some of the winning work, check out these links:

Western Wayne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jOJYFzD_GI&feature=youtu.be

Hazleton: http://energy-innovation.doodlekit.com/

Hazleton: https://exploringenergyefficiency.wordpress.com/