This posting is made as a companion for the webinar series Discovery Education and 3M are sponsoring to support students and teachers entering the Young Scientist Challenge. This Challenge is entirely video-based. Entrants must create a one to two-minute video (max!) from a list of scientific concepts. Below are some different ways those videos can be made. The examples are from the California Student Media Festival. They are posted to complement the videos made by some of last year’s finalists posted here. No video is superior to any other. They are posted to stimulate middle school thinking about the ways to communicate science. Inspired by Mythbusters, this Challenge is all about communication! Make it make sense! Other tools listed in the webinar include storyboards here (thanks to SchoolHouseVideo). Joe Brennan’s on-the-money tips for building on the success of 2007’s videos. By request, the PowerPoint used for the student webinars is also here. The videos below were winners in the science category. These are only excerpts. Be aware that some of the music and other resources are used in these videos may not be used for the Young Scientist Challenge. The California Media Festival honors videos made in and for a classroom. The Young Scientist Challenge will use video submissions across the web and maybe even on television. So the rules for the Challenge are different than for the Festival. Also, these videos are not on the topics mandatory for the Challenge. So look at the videos posted on Teacher Tube below as example of what you can do when you think outside the lens. Bioaccumulation was made with paper cut-offs moved by hand across construction paper. A photo was taken after each movement. Plate Tectonics Rock! is made with clay and still photographs. Super Baling Man was made with a computer editing editing program. Watch the blogs and the website for more information about making your video!
Plate Tectonics Rock! (below)
Super Baling Man (below)
Super Baling Man, Sheldon High School, teacher Shawn Sullivan, student Justin Purdy; Plate Tectonics Rock, The Girls’ Middle School, teacher Marjorie Lucks, Student Emily Kellison-Linn; Bioaccumulation, TBA