Colour, joy and dancing at the 4th final of the all-polish contest: ”let’s find a place for electronic waste 2012” in the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw.

This year’s final of the contest, the fourth in a row, took place on June 15, 2012 in Warsaw at the Copernicus Science Centre – an ideal place for such an event as ours. Science, technology and ecology all under one roof.
This year’s location of the 4th final was supposed to give its participants the possibility of visiting the Copernicus Science Centre free-of-charge after completion of the final ceremonies. They did it. Almost as many as 180 participants of the final received tickets to visit the Copernicus Science Centre from AURAEKO – the organiser of the contest.

The 4th edition of the contest took place under the auspices of the Chief Environmental Protection Inspector, which must be noted with great satisfaction. 28 teams consisting of five members and one caretaker participated in this year’s fourth All-Polish Contest. The works were sent by 26 teams. The teams which failed to comply with all the standard requirements were not classified by the Contest Committee. The assessment of the contest works according to the criteria listed above allowed 4 main laureates of the contest to be selected:

1st Place – Middle School No. 4 in Legionowo

2nd Place Public Middle School No. 8 in Łomża

3rd Place – Middle School No. 3 with Integration Departments in Zgierz

4th Place – School Complex in Staw

The members of the winning teams (places 1 – 4) received individual material prizes – COOLPIX cameras (S 3 300, S 30 and L25) produced by the NIKON company, as well as sweets from the NESTLE company and small souvenirs from AURAEKO.

On top of this, the winning schools received the following prizes for:\

– taking first place – LED Smart TV 42LV375S TV set from the LG company

– taking second place – LED Smart TV 32LV5500 TV set from the LG company

– taking third place – DM2780D-PZ monitor from the LG company. HD 3D remote control television

– taking third place – LED M2280DF-PZ monitor from the LCD company with the television tuner.

The rule of the contest is that all the children participating in it are rewarded, however the main prizes fall to the laureates.

A huge outburst of joy took place, as could be expected, after the reading out of the verdict of the Contest Committee by Gabriela Leszczyńska – President of the AURAEKO Management Board. The rejoicing youth was joined by BLUESMASZYNA – a blues vocal – music band, and after just a short while almost all the persons present joined, regardless of the occupied official position, sex and age. The applause of the gathered persons quickly turned into a collective dance on the stage.

This is the way in which the accomplishment of the educational objectives of the contest was celebrated. The following objectives were formulated:

1. Raising the participants’ awareness of what used electrical and electronic equipment is and what the threats are of the increasing level of saturation of households with electrical and electronic equipment as well as used batteries and accumulators within households.

2. Increasing awareness and an improvement in the ability to reduce the negative impact of used electrical and electronic equipment as well as used batteries and accumulators on the environment.

3. Popularisation of a pro-ecological attitude through actions as well as through experiencing the pro-ecological actions in the peer group.

4. Indication of the correlation between socially useful action in the local peer group and the obtained measurable effects, also at the All-Polish level.

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