Classrooms use data loggers to track their school's energy usage.

BOURNE, Mass. - A new energy contest for kindergarten through 12th grade students has been introduced by Onset Computer Corp. The Hobo Energy Challenge contest will give free professional energy-monitoring equipment to teachers and students in an effort to promote energy awareness within schools.

The mission of the challenge is to use data loggers to document energy usage in schools. Participating classrooms will received a free Hobo Loaner Package that includes everything the class will need to start investigating energy usage. The package comes with a Hobo data logger, software and energy-saving contest activities.

Classrooms that investigate and document energy usage in at least one area of their school will win a complete Hobodata-logger system. An entire classroom set of Hobo data loggers will be awarded to elementary, middle- and high school classrooms that make the greatest effort to investigate energy usage.

"The inspiration for the Hobo Energy Challenge came from a classroom at the Burrel Union Elementary School in California," said Mark McSherry, president of Onset. "Students there used Hobos to investigate school energy usage and ultimately helped the school to reduce its electric bill by roughly 20 percent."

For further details on the energy challenge, visit www.iscienceproject.com.