BY KELLY MADSEN | IOWA ENERGY CENTER
The University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE)‘s annual Iowa Energy Poster Contest invites elementary students state-wide to create a poster to showcase their interest in renewable energy. Posters ranged from drawing of homes with rooftop solar panels to more abstract energy savings “dos and don’ts”.
On Monday, seven individuals from Iowa’s energy industry gathered to judge the posters based on their creativity, ideas, and use of art as a form of communication. The judges selected two winners from each grade, and also selected honorable mentions. The winners will be recognized by Governor Terry Branstad and/or Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds on April 30 at the Iowa State Capitol, and will be treated with an energy-efficient goodiebag full of books and solar powered toys.
“Contests like this are important because they recognize students who are concerned about energy,” said Pat Higby, energy outreach education coordinator at UNI’s CEEE. “It allows them to serve as examples for other students to become interested in renewable energy.”
The Iowa Energy Poster Contest has been a long-standing tradition at the CEEE, beginning in 1990, but it has not been held for the past two years, and this year marked a “pick-up year” for the contest. The Iowa Energy Center was involved with funding the management and logistics of the contest, and also provided two poster judges.