TOM Schuemaker is plugged into the future of energy and has an award to prove it.
The Riverside High School student is one of the winners in the Tasmanian Science Talent Search and will join hundreds of students and their families for the presentation ceremony in Hobart tomorrow.
The theme for the 2012 competition was Energy Evolution: Sustainable Energy for All.
Tom, aged 12, created a poster featuring an electricity plug feeding renewable energy into a house. He won the upper primary posters section.
He said he saw geothermal, solar, wind and tidal power as something for the future because it could be used over and over, and was not a finite resource like coal or oil.
"The plug goes into the house and the plug is the way you can use electricity to power items in the house," he said of his poster.
"When I grow up, I want to have solar panels.
"I think they look cool but also they work very efficiently."
The prize presentation ceremony will be held at the University of Tasmania Sandy Bay campus in the Stanley Burbury Theatre, Churchill Avenue.
The display of winning entries will be open to the public from 10am.
This will be followed by the presentation of general awards for early childhood and lower primary age at 11am to noon, special awards from 12.45pm to 1.45pm and general awards for upper primary and secondary age groups from 2 to 3pm.
The 2013 competition will also be launched.
The 2013 theme is Australian Science Through the Ages.