Museum trip just the ticket for Smart Kids, Smart Energy Competition finalists

All six finalists in the Smart Kids, Smart Energy Design Competition, run by Jersey Electricity and Eco Schools to mark November’s Energy Month, had bundles of surprises at the prize giving party at the Powerhouse. As well as being the first children in Jersey to meet the giant Mr Smart himself, they learned they would all be joining winner Ethan Fryer and his St Martin School classmates on the trip to London’s Science Museum next week.

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Over 600 Key Stage 2 pupils from 13 of Jersey’s primary schools designed inventions run on sustainable electricity along six themes. The entries were originally judged by Ian Langlois, Creative Director of marketing agency LRD, who has turned all the designs into advertisements for Jersey Electricity and which are currently appearing in the JEP and local magazines, before going to a public vote via Facebook.

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Ethan’s Smart Electric House won the public vote but as all the designs were so good and all turned into adverts, Jersey Electricity and Eco Schools decided the fairest thing to do was invite all the finalists and a friend on the trip to the Museum where the children will see exhibitions on ‘Making the Modern World’, ‘Electric Light Bulbs’, ‘Solar Powered Cars’, ‘Robots’ , ‘Fuelling The Future’ and ‘Climate Change’.

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The other five finalists joining Ethan and his classmates are: runner-up, Trinity’s Poppy-Anne Elcock (Smart Electric Garden), St Clement’s Patrick Filleul (Smart Electric Car), JCG Prep’s Rebecca Arthur (Smart Electric Robot), St Mary’s Bryna McGee’s (Smart Electric School) and St George’s Jaimee Lincoln (Smart Electric Invention).

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Jersey Electricity CEO Chris Ambler thanked everyone who took part and said: ‘We were delighted to work with Eco Schools teachers again who a fantastic job in educating our children about the importance of saving energy and conserving resources. It is this generation that really gets the ECO message and we want to encourage them to understand the importance of sustainability and energy efficiency. Protecting the environment and reducing carbon emissions that cause climate change is very important to us as Jersey’s leading energy provider. So we want people to use electricity wisely but use it in more ways – just like in all your innovative designs.’

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Mr Ambler then presented the finalists with their tickets to London, a framed copy of their advertisement and a prize bag of energy-related goodies before the final surprise of the afternoon – the unfurling of a giant poster of the winning design suspended from the Powerhouse footbridge.

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