The Dutch ENERGY CHALLENGES FINALE 2019 is a great success!
Following the 10 A.M. arrival of the 450 fanatical Energizers, the finale was kicked off by local celebrity Raynaud Ritsma, the face of Energy Challenges in Holland. Ritsma ‘’woke up’’ the Energizers with a high energy opening and presented the jury members and prizes on stage. This year, there were again three fanatical judges: Hielke Westra, Alderman (member of municipal council in Holland) for Sustainability of the Municipality of Westerkwartier; Marieta Schreur, Director of Zienn and the Kopland; and Nienke Homan, representative for GroenLinks (Green Left) Groningen. Madeline Langlois of the European Institute for Innovation, the German 2IMPREZS partner organisation, also was present to judge the international Energy Challenges competition – a highly competitive race to save the most energy between three amazing schools.
Secondary School Presentations
Before the finale even officially began, the secondary school Energizers convened to present their energy saving efforts and innovative solutions. This year, four different classes of the Montessori of Groningen were present in Leek. In the theatre of the Rodeburghal Hall, the four groups gave great presentations about their responsibilities for sustainability in the school, with the winners going on to offer input regarding the primary school winners of the Energy Challenges. The jury was very impressed!
At 10:45 A.M., the Energizers of the primary schools began presenting their schools’ energy campaigns by means of their own Energy Market booths. During the presentations, the jury ran to assess all the stalls. The Energizers themselves were also allowed to vote for their favourite Energy Challenges teams, and the school with the most votes received the audience prize. This year, the most votes from the audience went to ‘t Fundament from Lutjegast, Province of Groningen!
The Energizers went wild during the Energy Market presentations at the Dutch finale in Leek.
The Dutch Energizers presented their school’s Energy Challenges 2019 campaign.
In the meantime, the students were busy with the "Crazy88", a huge game with 88 small energy-related assignments to complete in record time – the more assignments completed, the greater the chance to win the Crazy88 grand prize! The Energizers raced to check off assignments such as the egg race, skipping rope, the photo booth, hydrogen tests, smoothie bikes and even the "Energy Truck of Tomorrow".
The Energy Challenges go international
A unique moment of the Dutch finale in Leek was the scheduled online connection with schools from Belgium, Germany & Denmark. In order to encourage knowledge transfer and interregional cooperation amongst young pupils in their efforts to reduce carbon emissions in their schools, the Energizers scheduled an international video conference to take place during their 2IMPREZS finales and celebrations. The Dutch Energizers were composed of representatives from the three schools that participated in the International Energy Challenges 2019—the very impressive Bisschop Bekkerschool, De Windroos and Brederoschool primary schools.
The Dutch Energizers participated in the International Energy Challenges through the 2IMPREZS project waiting for the other Energizers from all over the North Sea Region to join them online for their international 2IMPREZS conference.
The award ceremony took place at 11:30 A.M., and all Dutch Energy Challenges participants received a well-deserved medal. The main prize of a class trip to a very popular amusement park in the Netherlands went to the Pendinghe from Groningen. The jury found their booth to look extraordinary and was very impressed by their energy saving actions. For example, the Pendinghe Energizers had ensured that the entire school received reusable water bottles as part of their pupil-run "plastic soup" initiative.
After the award ceremony, the students could not go home without singing the Energy Challenges rap again – "Ga gesparen man!" ("Go save man!"). After the rap, the students left home, full of energy, after a very successful morning!
‘’Ga gesparen man!’’ (‘’Go save, dude!’’) pulsed through the crowd of 450 Enerizgers at the Dutch 2IMPREZS Energy Challenges Finale 2019.