Past Winning Project Summaries

BP’s A+ for Energy grants are for all teachers. Energy is the ideal topic for integrating into all subjects, so teachers across disciplines including Social Studies, English/Language Arts, History, Music, Dance, Technical Arts and of course Math and Science are encouraged to apply. 

Browse project summaries taken from past winning project proposals for inspiration and to see just how an A+ for Energy grant can apply to all subjects, grade levels and student learning styles.

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Elementary School

Colonel Walker School
Calgary
Catherine Ranger & Larysa Hart 
Kindergarten to Grade 6
Together WE Grow: An Energy Film Festival
What legacy will you leave? Students, staff and community members will focus on alternative means of energy consumption. An Energy Film Festival will act as a literacy-based project, working to enhance student awareness of the impact people have on the environment. Students will be given the opportunity to explore alternative means of energy through visual and performing arts. Projects preceding the Film Festival will educate and engage all students, in kindergarten to grade six, by giving them the opportunity to participate in inquiry-based activities, field trips, guest speakers, multimedia explorations and residencies. 

École Dickinsfield School 
Fort McMurray
Kitty Cochrane
Kindergarten to Grade 6 
Waste Free Lunches
This project will help École Dickinsfield School students start to use reusable bottles and containers, changing to a waste-free lunch habit. The school will learn about plastic bottle and baggie life cycles, oil required and pollution created at all points in their life cycle. Reusable bottles and containers will be researched, ordered and distributed by students for each child in the school. Waste reduction will be tracked, and interviews will be conducted regarding challenges and successes of the program. Through the development of a website, students will influence others in the local and global communities to have waste-free lunches.

Cappy Smart School 
Calgary
Florin Panaitescu & Jacci Christensen
Kindergarten to Grade 6
EnLIGHTening MINDS and HEARTS
This project will put grade four and five students in a humanitarian position by providing solar energy to a school in a developing country. Students will first learn about electricity through research, analysis and discussion. They will then assemble solar lanterns while applying the scientific method to the process. Following the evaluation of the lanterns’ effectiveness in producing energy, a school-wide assembly will be called to share students’ learning experiences and the humanitarian destination of the lanterns.

Annunciation Elementary School
Edmonton
Renee Shevalier-Lavin
Kindergarten to Grade 6
Hot Dog - Now we're cooking!
This project aims to reduce the carbon footprint of grade four students. Students will examine the different types of energy used in Alberta and focus on solar energy as a renewable, efficient and affordable energy source. Students will work in groups to learn about solar cookers and will later build one of their own. 

Ben Calf Robe St. Clare Elementary Junior High Catholic School 
Edmonton
Sara Kovick 
Grades 4 to 6
Reconnecting Urban Aboriginal Students with Mother Earth	
Students at Ben Calf Robe St. Clare Elementary Junior High Catholic School will have the opportunity to go on field studies where they can use digital technologies to study the environment and energy sources from an Aboriginal context. The first part of the project will focus on appreciating the environment and how it provides us with resources to meet our needs. The second part of the project will be an independent study of an energy source from an Aboriginal viewpoint.

Junior High School

Kate Chegwin Junior High School 
Edmonton
Colin Lacey & Tara Hoogewoonink
Grade 7 to 9 
A Science Fair of Energy
Grade eight students will choose an area of energy that interests them and conduct research into it. They will design a lab experiment, based on their research, connecting learned theory to practical application. Students will then prepare a lab report and tri-fold presentation to be shared in class and at the school science fair. Community organizations will be invited to judge the students, and top projects will move on to compete in the regional science fair.

Arts Centered Learning at Willow Park School 
Calgary
Kalpana Vrielink & Tanya Roberts	
Grade 7
Energy on Trial	
To address modern energy needs, grade seven students will develop documentaries that place 'Energy on Trial'. Students will be given the task of creating a set of criteria to investigate and judge various forms of energy (wind, solar, hydroelectric). After exploring the benefits and challenges of each source, students will make personal assessments as to their preferred systems of sustainable energy and develop their skills in communicating these ideas through video.

Bishop Kidd Junior High School 
Calgary
Alexandria Matos
Grade 7 to 9
Fuel the Burn!
How much energy do we consume? Our X-Boxes? Cell phones? Laptops? Grades seven to nine students will know after this project. Bikes will be set up to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy, providing students with a hands-on, or ‘bikes-on’, approach to understanding the energy consumption of day-to-day activities. This will teach students how reliant we are on energy and which alternative sources we can use.

Louis Riel School 
Calgary
Andrew Weeks & Jason Hartl
Grade 9
A Call to Action - An Energy Film Festival
Students will focus on Alberta’s expansion into fossil fuel industries and the effects, both good and bad, on the economy and population. Multiple views on the energy sector will be examined, emphasizing the justifications behind the wide range of opinions that exist. Students will conduct research, listen to guest speakers and go on field trips. Students will then create film documentaries, making recommendations and sharing knowledge about energy.

High School

Calgary Academy 
Calgary 
Grades 10-12
Ms. Mary Bren
Car Wars
Students will each be assigned a type of alternative energy to research (solar, wind, hydrogen or biomass); and build a car incorporating their assigned technology. This project will culminate in a cut-throat race to uncover the fastest and longest running cars. Using multimedia techniques, students will then develop and record a commercial, promoting both their car and the alternative energy they researched. Finally, a mock city council meeting will take place, where different schools of thought participate in a large scale debate, within the context of the Athabasca Oil Sands. 

Beaverlodge Regional High School
Beaverlodge
Lynn Nordhagen	
Grade 11
Creating Sustainable Energy Policy in Alberta
To what extent do government policies shape our energy goals as a province and as a nation?  For this project, students in grade 11 social studies classes at Beaverlodge Regional High School will examine current energy choices and what steps should be taken to meet future energy needs. What initiatives and polices encourage long-term sustainability of the energy resources at our disposal?  Should we embrace more alternative technology? How can we make our views on our energy needs heard? These questions and more will be researched, debated and reported to elected officials by the grade 11 classes and their representatives.

École Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School 
Lacombe
Steve Schultz
Grade 10 to 12
Community Composting and Solar Greenhouse
The EcoVision Community Composting and Solar Greenhouse is a project that encourages students to design, build and promote a community greenhouse and composting system at the school. By building a solar greenhouse in partnership with the community, fresh local produce will be provided for the school and the community. The compost program will also allow the school and the community to fertilize its gardens and beautified spaces while reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill.

Mountain View Academy 
Calgary
Carlos Schroeder
Grade 9 to 12 
Mobile energy and Environmental Science Lab	
A mobile Earth and Environmental Science Lab will be designed and built for use in field explorations within the subjects of geology, astronomy, energy resources and environmental science. The mobile lab will hold a cart containing resources for the study of air, soil and water composition and quality; solar and wind power and astronomy. A solar panel and wind turbine will provide most of the power required for off-site investigations. Students will also use the resources of the mobile lab and other recycled materials to build solar furnaces, wind turbines and other models designed during their energy resource investigations.

School-wide

Mangilaluk School  
Tuktoyaktuk
Ephraim Warren
Kindergarten to Grade 12
Treeless Tundra: Paperless School
Students and teachers will work together to reduce the costs of producing and buying paper for the school. Students will examine the energy used in making and using paper, as well as the costs involved. They will then examine whether using technology in lieu of paper uses less energy and costs less. Students will witness first-hand the difference between using paper or technology, and work towards a more energy-efficient and paperless school.

Ecole Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School 
Lacombe 
Grade 7 to 12
Steve Schultz & Catherine Lepage
LEAFS (Lacombe Educational Aquaponic's Food System)
Grades 10 to 12 students will grow Tilapia fish in a solar heated tank and use their excrement as nutrients for growing vegetables inside a geodesic greenhouse. Goals of this project include enhancing students’ education through cross-curricular activities, reducing the school’s carbon footprint, increasing the availability of fresh food and encouraging community collaboration on the LEAFS project.