Pupils from schools in Hatfield, St Albans, Stevenage in Hertfordshire, and Bisham on the Buckinghamshire/Berkshire border took part in a special eco competition launch today at the headquarters of Mitsubishi Electric in Travellers Lane, Hatfield.
The Eco School Competition has seven challenges for pupils who wish to win a prize of £2,000 worth of environmental resources for their school.
The competition, which has been created by Mitsubishi Electric under its ‘The Learning Curve’ initiative, is open to all schools and also Scouts, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and any other youth groups who are committed to raising environmental awareness amongst their communities.
“We want to encourage children to examine the way they use energy and challenge themselves, their schools and their family and friends to make a difference”, explains Jenny Maskrey, who manages the Learning Curve on behalf of the company.
The competition asks the schools to examine six key areas: Waste; energy; bio-diversity; travel; water; and heath, and then invites the children to take the ‘Green Invention Challenge’.
“The winner of this competition will be a school or youth group that has completely embraced the challenge and can demonstrate real engagement with their community”, adds Jenny.  “Anyone can take part and anyone can win, they just need to show how passionate they are to make a difference”.
Entry to the competition is via the dedicated Learning Curve website, where schools can also find out more details about the company’s special educational programme, which has been designed to engage children and fit in with the national curriculum. 
To date, over 1,000 pupils from across the Northern Home Counties have visited Hatfield, and Mitsubishi Electric has recently expanded the programme to its offices in Manchester and Livingston.
The closing date for the Eco School Competition is the 5th June 2015 and the winner will be announced by the end of the school year.
Schools should visit the website to sign up for the competition and find out more details on the educational programme and resources available: www.the-learning-curve.org.uk.