Monday, March 30, 2015

Energizer Asks You to "Join Our Journey" #TransformingInnovation

Boo is all about the science. Even in kindergarten his favourite books were what he called "fact books." Non-fiction, learning about the world and how it works. Animals, space, technology, the human body - it all fascinates him, and I am delighted to encourage that interest. This past weekend we attended an event with Energizer at the Ontario Science Centre, where he had the chance to create a battery-operated Scribble Bot and learn about a great contest Energizer is currently hosting to encourage kids' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
All the kids were excited to meet the Energizer Bunny himself. Quite the cool dude.
The event was in part a celebration of Energizer's latest battery innovation - the new EcoAdvanced AA batteries, which contain 4% material from recycled batteries. That may not sound like a lot, but they are the first in the world, and have a goal to reach 40% recycled content by 2025. In addition to the more eco-friendly content, these are Energizer’s longest lasting high-performance alkaline battery. Long-lasting, earth-friendly innovation. I like it!

We used these batteries in our Scribble Bots, which the kids constructed with some very simple materials - a styrofoam cup, small motor (available from hobby shops), clothespin, tape, googly eyes and pipe cleaners for decoration, and a marker.
The Energizer Bunny was very interested in the proceedings.
Scribble Bot!
And here's our finished Scribble Bot in action:

We had such a good time, and it was awesome to see the kids so excited about creating their robots.  I wonder who among them will go on to careers in STEM and be the great innovators of the future??

And then there's this great contest!

Energizer invites young Canadians (aged 5-12) to Join Our Journey by entering drawings of their dream creature at for a chance to work with experts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to see their creature brought to life with the Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ battery, and win $10,000 towards an RESP! How cool is that? Boo is stoked and has started to work on his ideas for a creation to submit. I'm sure he doesn't care about the RESP (I do!), but he is thrilled at the idea of seeing a drawing of his come to life.  Have a look at this video, which we viewed at the event, and see the excitement on these kids' faces when they receive their creatures!

This contest is open to Canadian residents only, and submissions are being accepted until midnight, May 4, 2015. See for all the details, and to enter.

What will your child build?

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Energizer EcoAdvanced. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own, or those of my family.


  1. What a fun experience! Heck I'd be excited to meet the Energizer Bunny! I will admit, when I first read "4%" my initial thought was 'big deal' but then I continued on.. 'the first in the world'.. this is pretty amazing & fantastic!

  2. looks like alot of fun:)


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