Some of you may be looking at the title of this post and saying, “Huh? That was never a contest in OWL!” That’s true. Let me explain.
The “My Green Home Contest” was open to the kids who attended the series of presentations we put on recently at Willowbrook Shopping Centre in Langley, B.C. The results were pretty cool, and I thought I’d share them with you.
Before I do, though, I thought I’d fill you in on the rules. Entrants had to draw their own vision for a sustainable house from the future and tell us all about it. Also, they had only about 15 minutes to do it in. Not a lot of time!
So! Now that that’s settled, take a look below for the grand-prize winner and the two runners-up (click on each to see an enlarged version).
1. Grand-prize winner: Kaitlyn, 12
For this one, judges were really impressed with the fact that the living space is raised up, which leaves a lot of extra room for the garden and green house below. It also looks like it can pack in a lot of people, which creates less need for materials and energy to create homes elsewhere.
2. Runner-up: Benjamin J., 11
Some of the labels will be tough to see on here, but this entry turned the entire city green with such ideas as a weather-powered car, solar-powered radio, and a compost-powered heating and cooling system.
3. Runner-up: Olivia D., 9
This one popped out to judges because it showed both the inside and outside of the house, and all the green features of each: such as a bouncy floor (#1) that powers the house when you walk on it and a skylight (#7) on the house’s roof.
Cool! What do you think, blog readers? Would you like to see a contest like this in the pages of OWL? Any other contest ideas? (Way back when, a blog reader named Katherine suggested we do a word search contest, and that idea made it into the magazine. So suggest away!)
Talk to you tomorrow!