EnergySmart School Inventors

EnergySmart School Inventors

U.S. Department of Energy and Owens Corning Invention Contest for Kids

EnergySmart Schools Contest logo: a blue face with a bright idea bubble, filled with a Compact Fluorescent Bulb, above it's head.

Four creative elementary school students met with the nation's top energy scientists and engineers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to build their energy-saving ideas through a national invention contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Owens Corning.

Each student drew an original, energy-saving device and submitted a 100-word-or-less description of how it works for a chance to be appointed an EnergySmart Schools Inventor and participate in the EnergySmart Schools Inventor Summit in January 2001 at Berkeley Lab. Winners received $250 savings bonds and trips to a DOE laboratory to build their inventions with the help of Berkeley Lab and Owens Corning scientists and engineers. All four inventors continued on to New York City on a press tour in February to exhibit their award-winning, energy-saving inventions.