Mean Green House Winners 2011

The Schoolgen team has been hard at work to determine the best entries in the 'Schoolgen Mean Green House Competition' which was open to all Year 7-8 students in New Zealand. After much deliberation we are extremely pleased to announce the winning entries (drum roll !!! ...)

  • First place goes to [Tauranga Intermediate School]
  • Second place goes to [Muritai School in Wellington]
  • Third place goes to [Tairua School in the Coromandel]

These schools will receive an exciting prize pack for electrifying educational fun to be used with a whole class at that school for years to come. Individual members of the team will also receive generous Jaycar gift vouchers that can be used in-store or online.

To get an idea of the excellent work that has gone on in some schools with environmentally sustainable house design check out the work of Year 7 and 8 students at Muritai School

Winners Video 2011
Click here to check out the great video from Muritai Primary School.

To judge the best entries we used the criteria which were set out in the competition details 'Instructions for Students/Teachers' on the Schoolgen website. The winning entries paid attention to these criteria and showed clear evidence of:

  • Research to gather ideas for their design from different sources
  • Understanding of the reasons why the designs work to reduce energy usage
  • Creativity in combining their own ideas along with practical considerations
  • Careful drawings, with the plans including scale, measurements and orientations
  • Construction of a to-scale model house
  • Presentation of their work in an informative and engaging manner through a 5 minute video

Other school entries which were judged as highly commended are as follows:

  • Southland Girls High School (Year 7)
  • Paremata School in Wellington.
  • Waikaka School in Southland.
  • Avalon Intermediate in Wellington.

We would like to acknowledge the help of award-winning architectural company Jasmax in assisting with the final judging decisions.