America‚Äôs Home Energy Education Challenge, sponsored by the Deptartment of Energy and the National Science Teachers Association, offers teachers and their students the opportunity to learn about energy, its use, and how energy conservation saves money and precious resources. Participating schools will compete for more than $200,000 in prizes distributed at the regional and national levels of the competition.

Home Energy Award, the first segment of the Challenge, inspires friendly competition among classes and schools. Teams from 11 regions of the U.S. compete for $102,000 in cash prize. The winning projects will be based on student participation rates, energy savings, and the overall creativity and quality of the participating local competition.

Students who are unable to monitor their individual home energy may participate in an optional activity of the Challenge that involves developing a home energy savings plan and a poster depicting that plan.  The winners of this optional program will be judged on their poster and their plan and compete for $48,000 in cash prizes.

The Energy Fitness Award, the second segment of the Challenge, focuses directly on individual and classroom knowledge about energy. This online component is a separate educational gaming activity. Students can participate at any time and can return to play multiple times. Each student who successfully completes the Energy Fitness Award quiz will receive an Energy Fitness Badge. Schools and/or classrooms with exemplary participation in this activity will earn additional prizes.

For more information, visit America's Home Energy Education challenge website: www.homeenergychallenge.org.