Today PSEG Long Island announced the 11 student winners of its annual I Am EM-Powered Energy Conservation Video Public Service Announcement Contest. Two hundred seventy three videos were submitted by creative, local schoolchildren, and 11 made the final cut. Dozens of students and teachers who participated in the program watched the announcement live via webinar hosted by the company this morning.
Over the past two and a half months, nearly 4,000 students in grades 4-8 across Long Island and the Rockaways engaged in PSEG Long Island’s I Am EM-Powered program. They learned concepts of conserving energy, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, the benefits of renewable energy and tackling pollution – concepts they put into action in their video public service announcements.
“It’s great to see how these young learners are embracing the concepts of clean energy, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and tackling pollution. They are adding to the discussion about what we can do to protect and nurture our planet,” said Michael Voltz, PSEG Long Island’s director of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, who co-hosted the event. “Congratulations to the thousands of students who participated, and thank you to the teachers who brought the contest and coursework into their classrooms.”
“It was an honor to announce the winners and share the first look at the winning videos,” said Michael Presti, PSEG Long Island’s director of Customer Experience and Marketing, who also co-hosted the event. “It was great to see how the students took concepts about saving the planet they were given and put them into creative, informational videos. They did such great work!”
Sponsored by PSEG Long Island, the I AM EM-Powered program was provided free to students in the company’s service area – Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaways.
Created by educational consultants, D. Barrett Associates, the STEM-related coursework provided lessons on energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy in alignment with current educational standards on these topics. Teachers could select and submit their favorite three videos to be judged by a strict grading rubric.
Program and contest: By the numbers
- 3,852 – 4th – 8th grade students participated
- 89 – teachers
- 38 – elementary and middle schools
- 30 – school districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaways
- 273 – PSA videos submitted
Here is a complete list of the winners:
The 11 award-winning videos will be on display at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City in late June through July. The 11 PSAs and a recording of the winners announcement are also available on YouTube. Visit youtube.com/psegli and select the “I Am EM-powered PSA contest winners 2023” playlist.
PSEG Long Island provides educational resources through its robust Community Partnership Program, which includes educational programs for children of all ages at schools, after-school and camp programs. Tens of thousands of young learners have been educated on energy conservation and electric safety through these programs.