Riley’s renewable energy idea earns him top award

St Patrick’s Primary School student Riley Smith was recently judged a winner in the 2021 Science of the Snowy Scheme competition.

When Riley Smith got in front of the camera and shared his idea for a renewable energy future, he was judged a winner of the 2021 Science of the Snowy Scheme competition.

A year 3 student at St Patrick’s Primary School, Riley brilliantly pitched his idea for Snowy Hydro’s next renewable energy project, ‘Crazy Power’, through a short video.

The competition was open to students in years 3-6 who live in the Snowy Mountains and surrounding areas. 

An independent panel determined Judge’s Choice winners and members of the public were able to vote online for their favourite entry in the Community Choice category.

Judges were Kristy McBain MP, Sounds of the Mountains station manager Dave Eisenhauer, and from Snowy Hydro, Kent Allen, Steph Astbury and Sal Tringali. 

Snowy Hydro said it is committed to supporting learning opportunities for the next generation of innovators, and to celebrate the importance of STEM, they again hosted this exciting competition to help students learn more about renewables. 

Snowy Hydro CEO Paul Broad said the competition provided students with a great opportunity to learn more about the role Snowy Hydro is playing in underpinning Australia’s transition to a renewable energy future.

“We are proud to be running our annual Science of the Snowy Scheme competition again and seeing the new and innovative renewable projects students came up with to help Snowy Hydro keep the lights on for generations to come,” he said.

Snowy Hydro said it had great engagement with the competition this year, with students from Gundagai to the south coast and throughout the Snowy Mountains entering.

Riley will receive a family ticket for up to two adults and two children to attend their choice of Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo, Sydney or ZooFari Lodge at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo for one night. 

And for his class at St Pat’s, a virtual Q&A with Snowy 2.0 TBM namesake, astrophysicist Kirsten Banks.

The winning entries will be displayed on the Snowy Hydro website and showcased at the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre in Cooma.


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