As the ice begins to melt and the birds begin to chirp, more signs of spring begin to show. When our outreach team had a goal back in late February to create CECA’s first energy related event, we did not exactly know how much planning would be involved to become successful. We wanted our event to be both informative and interactive for students and practical with the school schedule. So why not create a game show? And one of the most watched game shows on TV where intelligent people battle for prizes, Jeopardy! It is a great way to engage students and come up with several intellectual questions. With a refreshed excitement for Energy Jeopardy as we called it, we settled on a date, March 27th.
Planning The Event
While organizing the event, we knew one of our challenges would be convincing students to come to our event if it conflicted with exam or main project periods. Through the few weeks prior to the CECA Jeopardy event, the room was booked, game show questions were created and a budget was created for many delicious snacks, drinks and of course prizes! We wanted enough questions to allow many challengers to learn as well as have a chance to play. Our topics were energy efficiency through transportation, home, buildings, sustainability, science and sustainability.
Closer to the Energy Jeopardy gameshow date, Outreach worked with the remainder of the CECA members to gather volunteers and create one of the more creative parts of our event planning, posters to advertise. Initially we had set our sign ups to teams of two with a goal of having at least five teams. Although close to the event we only had a few individuals completely signed up, we were still confident our work would pay off and with a better reaction from our Facebook Event page, we knew the show must go on!
March 27th finally arose. Our 30 questions were finalized, and a busy day was still to come. To start, we organized the room to resemble the actual Jeopardy game show. To our pleasant surprise, by game time we had reached our goal of five teams of two plus additional audience members. To keep the game interesting, we asked each team to provide a name for their team as well as an animal sound in lieu of a buzzer. Some of the more interesting team names were Shear Excitement, Dip n’ Karrots and Gneiss and the animal sounds ranged from bird chirps, cow moo to a the meow of a sexy kitty. The combination of different animal sounds being called out across the room was definitely one of the most entertaining aspects of the game. After many interesting “What is” answers to our questions, several cheese sandwiches and chips later, the top two teams finally emerge! Congratulations to our first and second placed teammates Sharon Mandair, Patricia Josefina Escobar, Mary Lo, Carlos Ignacio Benzecri and Matthew Lattavo for winning the first ever CECA Energy Jeopardy Challenge! They won 4 free Cineplex movie tickets and were so incredibly happy when they realized that not only did they win the game, they also won a prize!
All in all, the entire team felt that the event was a smashing success! Despite the stress of planning an event in such a short period of time and managing our time between this and work, we managed to get students excited about energy efficiency and to learn more about it.
Finally, a special thanks to our Project Manager Matheos who not only volunteered at the event but also presented updates on CECA and the Green Energy Challenge to our Jeopardy crowd before the game. And another thank you goes out to all the participants and volunteers. You all helped us make this event awesome!
We hope to see many more at our next event!
Northern Lights Solutions Outreach Team