Student Video Contest: Making Movies About Movies
Are you the parent of a budding filmmaker, writer, or scientist? Maybe your child loves Star Wars or X-Men. Are you looking for a creative learning enrichment activity that helps spark your child's imagination while fueling his or her interest in STEM subjects? The USA Science & Engineering Festival, in partnership with the Kavli Foundation, has launched a science video contest that is designed to challenge your child while providing a unique outlet for creative expression.
Not only does your child get an opportunity to practice and develop some real world science research skills, this fun activity also uses critical thinking, content and idea organizational skills, creative thinking, communications technology, and writing skills.
Do you love movies? Learn more about one of the following science, technology, engineering, and math career paths. You might find an exciting way to integrate your interest in the big screen with your interest in film technology, design, computer science, and art!
Movie Science Projects
For science project ideas related to film, animation, and movies, try one of these big screen ideas:
If your child has never made a video before, or entered a video contest, here are some tips to help get them started:
- Have your child view at least one movie, show, or game that they want to investigate. It might help to make a list of futuristic technologies, along with a list of questions.
- Research the science behind the futuristic technologies.
- Ask questions, for example, what does science need to solve, invent or perfect in order to make interstellar space travel a reality?
Write a Brief Essay-style Outline and a Video Script
Make a 30 to 90 second movie that presents the topic in a creative way. Student movies can be made using a video camera (or video capable phone) and by editing photos, original art work, animation, text, royalty free stock footage (such as NASA). There are many styles of presenting video information including:
- Power point or slide show style presentation, with or without narration and music
- Reporter talking with a scientist or teacher
- Reporter speaking directly to the camera
- Group or individual song, poem, or rap
Upload the Final Edited Movie File to YouTube
Enter using the form on the contest website starting November 1. Deadline is Mar. 21, 2014. The winners will be announced at the USA Science & Engineering Festival during the weekend of April 26-27, 2014.
- First Prize $2000
- Second Prize $750
- Third Prize $500
- People's Choice $250
- Wolfram Mathematica Software
- Free Stunt Ranch Training
For more information please visit the video contest webpage: http://www.usasciencefestival.org/2014-festival/2014-contests/kavli-video-contest-2013-2014.html
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