The Galp Energy Bootcamp, which took place at the CEiiA, in Matosinhos, on 28th and 29th May, for the purpose of celebrating the World Energy Day and rewarding one of Galp Foundation’s Educational Projects: the UP Projects. Its stage welcomed 15 final teams which presented their solutions to reach first place in the three categories of the Project: Mission Up, Power Up and Switch UP.
The developed solutions aim to tackle challenges related with the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations’ Agenda until 2020, and have a strong focus on themes such as the sustainable consumption, energy transition and mobility.
“Os Vigilantes do Plástico” kicked off the event and were the winners of Mission Up, a category comprised by students from the 1st to the 4th grade. The 3rd grade class from the Escola Básica de Águeda won with their project which tried to find alternatives to the use of plastic through the creation of a biodegradable lunch box, made of cardboard. It seeks to replace the plastic bags in which the students take their snacks.
In the Power UP category, with students from the 5th to the 9th grades, the winning project aims to create a natural fertiliser through recycled paper with incorporated seeds. The solution was created by eleven 7th grade students from the International School of Palmela.
Amongst the Switch UP category projects, the jury elected as winner a prototype developed by four 11th grade students from the Atec Training Academy, in Palmela. The “Green Water Solutions” group developed a product which works by using the water flow of school networks to generate electric energy and improve the energy efficiency.
Created in 2010 by the Galp Foundation, the Mission Up, Power Up and Switch Up educational projects already affected over 1.5 million students, had the participation of around 1,600 schools and saw over 900 projects developed for theassessment of the jury. Designed for Primary and Secondary schools, these Galp Foundation educational projects aim to promote the involvement of students and raise their awareness to take action and change their behaviors in order to improve the sustainable consumption at school, at home and in the local community, in the scope of the global concept of the Sustainable Development Goals. The winning projects will now receive the prizes, between 1,000€ and 7,000€, which will be used as funding for their implementation.