When is the 2019 Student Energy Summit?
This year’s Student Energy Summit will be held on two consecutive days — Sunday, November 10th and Monday, November 11th, which is the Veteran’s Day holiday.
Where is it held?
The Student Energy Summit is held at the Hawaii Convention Center on the island of Oahu.
What time is the Student Energy Summit?
Check-in will open on Sunday, November 10th at 7:45am, and the program will begin on both days at 9:00am. We anticipate the program will conclude around 4:00pm on both days. The exact start and end times are subject to change.
How much does it cost to attend?
Thanks to the support of our generous sponsors, it is free to students and teachers.
Are meals included?
A light breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees on both days.
If I park at the Hawaii Convention Center, do I have to pay?
Yes, parking at the Hawaii Convention Center costs $10 per day and will be the responsibility of the driver to pay. However, if you drive an electric vehicle (with a valid electric vehicle license plate), you may park at the Convention Center for free.
Who is eligible to attend the Student Energy Summit?
The Student Energy Summit is open to middle and high school students — Grades 6-12 — from public, private and charter schools. It is open to students from Hawaii and beyond.
Do I need to register in advance to attend?
Yes, we need all attendees (students and teachers) to be pre-registered.
Do I need to attend both days?
Yes, we expect all attendees to participate on both days.
How many people are expected to attend?
In 2018, there were 192 students and 32 teachers in attendance. We are expecting a similar amount of attendees in 2019.
Can students sign up individually or do they need to be part of a team?
We require that all students be part of a team. Each team should have 5-6 students. The makeup of the teams should be based on their grade level. Teams can combine students from different grades, but the students should all be within the same school-type levels — middle school (gr. 6-8) or high school (gr. 9-12).
Do the teams need a teacher? Can one teacher be in charge of multiple teams?
Each team needs to have a teacher. We ask that each teacher be in charge of only one team.
How do I register for the Student Energy Summit?
The Student Energy Summit’s registration form can be found on its website. Once you submit the registration, you will be provided with a link to take a brief questionnaire.
Do I need to know the names of all my team members to register?
Yes, we require team member names (students and teacher) for the registration.
Will the information provided in the registration be used elsewhere?
No, the names, email addresses and other information will only be used for Student Energy Summit purposes. Teachers will receive news about upcoming Summits via email, but students will not be contacted.
What are the registration deadlines?
Why is the deadline earlier for non-Oahu teams?
The deadline has been set early for teams traveling to Oahu because:
What does the travel stipend cover?
Thanks to our generous donors, we are able to offer a limited amount of stipends to cover the costs of traveling to Oahu for the conference. The stipend is intended to cover the following:
Who is eligible for the travel stipend?
The stipend is intended to be used for students. If available, we may offer it to cover a chaperone. The requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
How do I request a travel stipend?
On the registration form, the last question asks you to indicate if you need a travel stipend.
After I submit my travel stipend request on the registration form, how do I know if it is approved?
Your registration form will be reviewed by Blue Planet Foundation’s Student Energy Summit team. At this point, please consider your request as pending approval. A Blue Planet representative will then contact the teacher directly to get more information. You will be notified if and when your request has been approved.
Can I stay longer than those two days of the Summit?
Yes, if you want to fly in early or leave later, you will communicate that with the Blue Planet representative who contacts you about travel logistics. You will be responsible for paying for additional hotel room nights and anything outside of what was previously listed.
I live on Oahu — am I eligible for the travel stipend, shuttle service or accommodations?
Unfortunately no. We are reserving the stipends and any travel coordination for non-O‘ahu attendees.
What will the students be learning at this year’s Summit?
We are in a climate crisis, and the youth are going to have to live with the long-term effects of our decisions and indecisions. We plan on providing information, inspiration and guidance on the following:
Will there be any assignments or projects?
Yes, each team will be tasked to help develop solutions to our climate and energy issues. Details will be unveiled at the Summit.
Do we need to bring any supplies with us?
No, all supplies will be provided at the Summit.
Will the teams need to do anything to prepare for the Summit?
Prior to arriving, each team will be asked to fill out a questionnaire. At the Summit, each student will be asked to fill out a pre-Summit survey to assess their level of knowledge and interest.
Will there be any follow-up homework given?
Following the Summit, each team will be given a post-Summit survey. This will help Blue Planet Foundation assess how much the students have learned and if the Summit changed any previous perspectives. Students may also be tasked with sharing their learnings and continuing their campaigns with their fellow students or communities. More information will be shared at the Summit.
How will the surveys be used?
The surveys will be used to help Blue Planet Foundation assess the quality and value of the Summit. It will also be instructive for future education programs and messaging.
Why was the Student Energy Summit created?
Blue Planet Foundation launched the Student Energy Summit in 2015. It was designed to empower students to think creatively about renewable energy, clean transportation alternatives to fossil fuels, and energy efficiency.
Why is Blue Planet Foundation interested in reaching students?
Blue Planet Foundation recognizes that the youth are our future, and they’ll be the ones inheriting our climate challenges. Blue Planet puts an emphasis on educating the children of Hawaii to empower them to speak up and act.
Does Blue Planet Foundation consult with education professionals in developing the Summit?
The Blue Planet Student Energy Summit team includes its Education Director Griffith Jurgens, who has 12+ years of teaching experience in Hawaii and California. He leads the development of the curriculum, while Blue Planet’s Special Projects Director Francois Rogers handles the event and travel coordination for the Summit. The team is also consulting with Zoe Ingerson, a middle-school teacher at SEEQS on Oahu.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
You may reach out to Francois Rogers at [email protected].