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Consumer Classroom Inter-School Competition rules 2016 - 2017

Competition open to secondary schools (12-18 year old students) across the European Union from 10th October 2016 to 17th March 2017, midnight, (Central European Time)
Take part in our fourth edition of Inter-School Competition on:
Smart Energy Consumers
Nowadays, your pupils are familiar with the global fight against climate change towards a more sustainable world. Many of them are wise consumers in the fight against this world challenge, they have learned how to minimize waste and save water. But are they aware of their impact as energy consumers?
Energy is everywhere! Indeed, in todays’ world, our young people won’t become wise consumers unless they learn how to improve their energy consumption. It’s in the ways of transporting we have (car, train, bike, motorbike), at home when we choose how to struggle against the heat or the cold, at school when we turn on the light, or even during holidays when we shower or take long baths. Energy efficiency also depends on household appliances we choose and, especially for young people, on our use of electrical appliances (including mobile phones, headphones, tablets and computers).  
Energy Union and Climate Change policy are one of the top priorities of the European Commission. In February 2015, the European Commission presented a Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy. With regards to consumers, this strategy includes a clear and efficient consumer rights protection legislation, as well as a revision of the Energy Labelling Directive, a new Ecodesign working plan, to easily and freely access to data on real-time and historical energy consumption. In the longer term, the 2050 Energy Strategy’s goal is to transform the energy system (by reducing green-house emissions from 80 to 95%). 
It also aims at empowering consumers by making their energy bill more controllable and predictable (helping the environment and saving money) and by increasing energy security by a domestic supply.
In this frame, teenagers should learn that their daily behaviour has an impact on energy consumption and more broadly on global sustainable consumption and the fight against climate change.  

The Competition Exercise

This project will take you beyond your classroom – you will have to collaborate with another European school! Using the tools on the Consumer Classroom website you can connect with a partner school in Europe to create and share an intercultural experience of learning. 
Benefit from Consumer Classroom’s teachers online community to build a strong and enthusiastic team! ”All for one and one for all!" 

The exercise will consist of three stages:

With your help, students will define the role of energy consumption in the fight against climate change towards more sustainable societies.
Then, students from both classes will be invited to share and confront their daily behavior as energy consumers in terms of mobility (e.g. their parents’ car use), heating and cooling, thermal insulation, lighting, water use (bathing, washing, and gardening), energy efficiency of household appliances and even electrical appliances (including mobile phones, headphones, tablets and computers), etc.
Once they track their energy footprint, students of both classes would share their work and collaborate in order to create all together an Online Energy Consumption Tool Kit for Teens. This online tool should be made by your students and target your own students’ concerns to help them measuring and improving their energy footprint. This is a unique chance to be creative!
  • Expected characteristics of the Online Tool Kit:
    • It should contain an Energy Consumption Calculator for Teens;
    • It should offer concrete tips and measures to improve teenagers’ energy footprint.
  • Expected formats of the Online Tool Kit:
    • The Online Tool Kit as a whole is expected to be an online website page;
    • This online website page should contain at least 3 of the following formats:
      • Short-video (3 minutes max), including taped role-play
      • Infographic
      • Photo presentation
      • Animation
      • Audio
      • Online quizz
As your students will collaborate with another country, they are warmly encouraged to compare their cultural specificities and pay special attention to cost savings and home safety, and include their findings/outcome as the project context.       
We kindly invite you to join our competition and let your students’ ideas be presented on how to become Smart Energy Consumers,  make the difference  for climate change and a more sustainable world! 

What are the prizes?


First Prize:

A 2-day trip to Brussels for the project team to visit the European Capital and especially: the main European Union Institutions. The winning project will be presented on the Consumer Classroom website.

Short-listed Projects

The choice to select one item to equip their class/school.

Runner Up Prizes:

Honorary certificate by the European Commission for the participation in the competition. 

What are the key dates in the Inter-School Competition?

Registration of project teams & projects submission: 10th October 2016 to 17th March 2017
Short-listing of proposals by jury of experts: 21st March to 7th April 2017
Voting session for the best short-listed Inter-School projects: 17th April to 26th April 2017
Announcement of the winner of the competition and results: 12th May 2017

Get Started Now!

Go to and join the Inter-School Competition! 

Consumer Classroom team wishes you best of luck!


How to Enter the Competition?

Form a Project Team

First you need to form a project team with another European school / class found on the Consumer Classroom website. The project team must consist of at least two classes/groups of pupils from different EU countries and must register for participation in the competition by 17th March 2017. Without at least one partner school from a European Union Member State you will not be entitled to participate, so start looking for your partner now! 

To help you with finding a school in a different country, Consumer Classroom has schools willing to participate listed on the Forum and on the Inter-School projects page, so have a look or create your own entry to help someone find your class:

Choose your resources on Energy

After forming your team the collaborative part begins! Alongside your class and partners, look through our database of resources to choose and learn about the issues that interest you based on the theme. Now you can plunge into putting down your own perspective. 

To help you in the endeavor, Consumer Classroom offers you tools such as:

  • Learning Kit on Energy;
  • “My collections”, where you can group and save the resources that you want to use;
  • “Advanced Lesson Builder”, with which you can create multimedia lessons with many visual features and;
  • “My Class”, which you can use to share resources and lessons with your entire group of students and keep them up-to-date on the project by posting messages on their online noticeboard. 
These tools could turn out to be especially helpful in coordinating your work with the other European school.


Now your students and partner class(es) are better aware of the added value and opportunities to create an interesting and complete projectEncourage your students to discuss, collaborate, and contact your partner school from another country in a regular basis. Working closely with your partner school can bring about many new perspectives and ideas to the topic as it comes from a different environment and culture. In addition, the project language should be agreed within the project team. Proposals can be submitted in all EU official languages. If you’re looking for a partner school on our website, specify your preferred working language(s) so that other schools can easily find you.  

Prepare your Project Entry

Project entries must be submitted through the Consumer Classroom website before 17th March 2017
Each project entry must contain: 
  • a list with the project team members of both classes (teachers and students),
  • a short description of the project (in English), 
  • a short description of the collaboration that took place and Consumer Classroom's pedagogical resource(s) used (in English), 
  • an Online Tool Kit (website page format) which will include an Energy Consumption Calculator for Teens and tips/measures on at least 3 formats out of  the following list: a short-video (3 minutes max), including taped role-play, an infographic, a photo presentation, an animation, audio, and online quizz
  • a short summary of the promotional activities forecasted to promote your project (for example through own social media accounts, contacts with local media, or promotion activities at your schools). (in your preferred language).
Project submitted without a team compossed by at least one European partner class and/or after the deadline will be uploaded in the project gallery on Consumer Classroom website but will not be eligible to win the competition. 


Accepted formats

  • Video entries must be less than 3 minutes in length and should not be more than 80MB in size. Any type of video is acceptable; animation, image montage, etc. and can be uploaded on the Consumer Classroom site. The following file formats will be accepted: avi, wmv, mov, flv, ppt, web page.
  • Multimedia lessons can be finalised with the Advanced Lesson Builder tool available on the website. Any type of support is acceptable: Word, PowerPoint, Prezi, Powtoon, etc.
  • Image(s) should be submitted in size A5 to A0 in .jpg format with the entry online. 

How projects will be evaluated?

Each project will be evaluated:

1)  First by a jury composed of European experts in education and consumer policy.  The jury will have a balanced geographical representation. 

The evaluation will be done on the basis of the following 5 major criteria:

1. How well does your project address the theme of the competition?  Is it suitable for the age target group? 
5 points
2. Is the pedagogical approach clear, creative and diverse? (clear lesson learnt, use of at least 3 formats among those of the list)
3. Type of collaboration with the other partner class (examples, strategies)
4. Use of the website as a research source to develop the project (find a partner school, use pedagogical resources or tools) 
5. Potential of the proposed solution to be implemented at schools / family daily life / social community

20 projects will be shortlisted. This treshold may be extended if there are projects obtaining equal points.
The list of the shortlisted projects will be published on Consumer Classroom website before the voting session starts.

2)  The short-listed projects will then be displayed on the Consumer Classroom website for two weeks and subject to online vote.  Anyone who finds your project deserving recognisition will be able to vote for it through the project gallery on Consumer Classroom website. 

The main judging criteria for voters to select a project will be:
  • Relevance with the competition theme;
  • Clarity of message;
  • Originality / innovation in approach to the subject.
Your project team should spread the word about your project - tell your family, friends and classmates about it. Every vote counts! 

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