It was like the Oscars had come to Canberra this week as Questacon hosted primary school students from across Australia, all of whom walked down the ‘green’ carpet for the Future Sparks award ceremony, held as part of National Science Week celebrations.
Run by Green Cross Australia in partnership with CSIRO and the Clean Energy Council, the Future Sparks competition is a web-based resource inviting video and written entries from primary schools that shares ideas for a sustainable energy future. Future Sparks is supported by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
State finalists were invited to Canberra for the cutting edge award ceremony, streamed live on the internet, with Western Australian schools joining in via video conference.
Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Mark Dreyfus presented the awards and said it was fantastic to see such creative ways to show how Australians can cut carbon pollution.
He later announced the overall winner, with Table Cape Primary School in Tasmania’s ‘Transmission from the Future’ video taking top honours.
Table Cape Primaryís Connor Hookway and Jamieson House spent three months producing their winning video entry.
The two boys are great friends who bounce ideas off each other; Connor likes to be in front of the camera with Jamieson happier behind the scenes. Connor wowed the audience with an impromptu break-dancing performance after he received the award.
Mara Bun, CEO of Green Cross Australia, said the aim of the project was to tickle the imagination of students and get them thinking and talking about energy sources and applications for the future that will help manage greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are so impressed with the response, both the command of the video format and the creativity the students have shown,” Ms Bun said.
Overall winner: Table Cape Primary School, Tasmania
People’s Choice winner: Zaidyn Melrose from Harrington Park Public School in Sydney