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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
  • REC Seeks Art from Grade School Students in Design Contest

A new art contest being held by the Alaska Rural Energy Conference asks Alaska students in grades 5-8, “What do you want your community’s energy system to look like when you are 50 years old?

The REC attracts around 400 people biennially from over 75 villages and towns in Alaska and beyond. The three-day event offers a large variety of technical sessions covering new and ongoing energy projects in Alaska, as well as new technologies and needs for Alaska's remote communities.

The conference’s art contest offers Amazon gift card prizes ranging from $50-$20 for first, second and third places. Artwork must be 8.5 inches by 11 inches for easy reproduction. Entries should be mailed flat (folded or wrinkled entries will not be accepted) or emailed as a jpg file to the contact below by Feb. 14, 2018, with a cover sheet (a separate jpg or pdf file if emailing). The cover sheet must include:

 1) Student name, 2) teacher name, 3) school name, 4) community name, 5) local electric utility name, and 6) this statement: “I give my permission for this artwork to be used as the front or back cover of the 2018 Alaska Rural Energy Conference program.” The sheet must be signed by the student and their parent or legal guardian.

Mail entries by Feb. 14 to the Alaska Energy Authority, Attn. Karin St. Clair, 813 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage, Alaska 99503. Email entries, by the same date, to St. Clair at KStClair@aidea.org.

Teachers and parents can find ideas on how to incorporate energy-related lesson plans that dovetail well with the contest at www.akenergysmart.org. More information about the 2018 Alaska Rural Energy Conference is available on the event website: http://www.akruralenergy.org/.

The REC art contest is sponsored by the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative with support from the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.