Idea to Impact Challenge
Please download the Idea to Impact Information Packet to the right for all additional forms, dates and deadlines
As a County, we recognize educator innovation through the Impact II program. This year, following in the footsteps of the outstanding Edison Challenge Program created in partnership with Southern California Edison and the University of Southern California, we will launch a satellite to our Ventura County Science Fair challenging students to make a difference in their communities with innovative solutions to energy and environmental issues.
The Idea to Impact Challenge is a student challenge focusing on Energy and the Environment. An educator adviser with up to five teams of students working in teams of six select a topic idea related to energy and the environment. They then collaborate to design a lesson plan for younger students, perform a community service project and finally communicate the impact of their work through a digital presentation and portfolio.
The Idea to Impact Challenge engages students throughout the county in meaningful and relevant learning experiences around the topic of energy and the environment. Students are challenged to take a leadership role as they use science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEM fields) to make a difference in their community.
Helpful Internet Resources
Southern California Edison http://www.sce.com: Find out how energy is provided to you through hydropower, coal, and nuclear power generating plants, and learn about ways for better energy efficiency and conservation of these power sources.
US Department of Energy http://www.energy.gov: Main site for the Department of Energy, includes online national library, energy glossary and database, and a kid's resource page.
California Energy Commission http://www.energy.ca.gov: The state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Contains "Energy Quest" website, dedicated to educating children about energy resources.
Consumer Energy Center http://www.consumerenergycenter.org: A one-stop website for the latest information about energy resources and how to use them wisely in our home, work and vehicles.
EREN (Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Network) http://www.eere.energy.gov: Resource for energy efficiency and renewable-energy information. Includes educational materials and resources for kids.
Energy Information Administration (US Dept of Energy) http://www.eia.doe.gov: Official energy statistics, an A-Z directory of energy information, and a kid's page with information on renewable and non-renewable energy.
Fossil Energy (US Dept of Energy) http://fossil.energy.gov: Resource on fossil fuels that includes a database containing information on fossil energy projects, electricity and gas regulation and a student section.
Minerals Management Service http://www.mms.gov: Resources on the nation's natural gas, oil and other mineral resources on the outer continental shelf. Contains kid's energy page with ways to save energy at home.
US Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov: Information about emissions, emissions research and programs that promote clean air.
Alliance To Save Energy http://www.ase.org: Promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.
Energy Hog http://www.energyhog.org: Information on saving energy and how to conduct energy audits in your home and start saving money. Contains great interactive animated kid's page with games and activities.
Flex Your Power http://www.fypower.org: A great resource for energy efficiency and conservation information. Learn how to save money, energy, and the environment. Take "The Flex Your Power Challenge" on-line quiz show to test your knowledge.