Hey, kids, want to solve the world’s energy problems and win prizes? Total, the French energy company, has launched a new online game that lets students create an energy strategy for an imaginary company.
Total says the game is designed for students who want to explore the world of energy and become familiar with its challenges. The online strategy game, Total Genius Campus, is an original way of getting young people to think about possible energy scenarios of the future.
“Energy is one of the major issues of the 21st century. We felt that a strategy game was an innovative and effective way to educate the next generation of graduates about the challenges involved” explains François Viaud, Total’s Senior Vice President, Human Resources.
“It also gives us an opportunity to raise Total’s profile among students in a wide range of disciplines worldwide, who are curious and concerned about the issues facing their generation.”
Players take on the role of Energy Minister in an imaginary country called Genius Land. Their job is to meet the country’s energy needs by using the various energy sources available and taking into account realistic constraints. That means limiting carbon emissions and working within the government’s budget. The winner will be the player or team who comes up with the best “energy mix.”
The contest will be open from October 31 to November 28, 2011, and participants can play individually or in teams of four. Prizes to be won include Total stock portfolios worth up to €1,500 and the possibility of attending the next session of the Total Summer School, a week-long event that brings together around more than a hundred students from around the world to discuss corporate social responsibility and the future of energy.
Students can play the game at www.totalgeniuscampus.com.
Total Exploration and Production Canada has interests in a number of oil and gas projects in Western Canada, including several in the northern oil sands. Total is one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world, with activities in more than 130 countries.
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