The program encourages teachers across the United States and parts of Canada to ask their students what they as individuals can do to make a difference. Open to K-12 students, the challenge is an educational competition designed to encourage students to learn more about energy and the environment. Student entries must reflect the theme “Igniting Creative Energy” and demonstrate an understanding of what an individual, family or group can do to make a difference in their home or community. Students may express their ideas in the form of documented science projects, essays, stories, artwork, photographs, music or video or website projects. They may also submit recent service projects, or results from the National Energy Foundation’s own Energy Patrol activities.