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The 2017 winners are!
  • For videos - - Select 2017 i5 winners!, or 2017 submission playlists

    The Grand Prize winner (photo above)!

  • middle school
    • Best Story Telling Award
    “Saving the Short-Eared Owl” by Lauren Miles
    Communicating Science Award
    “The Immune System” by Brianna Givens, Trinity Griffin, Tierra Green, Maranda Kelly, Sanatana Kopelik, Alexis Michalski, Emma Pfenningworth, and Alia Plata
    (Sto-Rox Jr./Sr. High School)
    Best Use of Technology Award
    “Saving the Short-Eared Owl” by Lauren Miles
    Artistic Vision Award
    “Robots in STEM” by Neha Chopade and Puja Chopade
    (Columbia Elementary School)
    Viewer's Choice Award
    "The Immune System” by Brianna Givens, Trinity Griffin, Tierra Green, Maranda Kelly, Sanatana Kopelik, Alexis Michalski, Emma Pfenningworth, and Alia Plata
    (Sto-Rox Jr./Sr. High School)

    high school
    • Best Story-telling Award
    “Sea Perch: Diving into Robotics” by Morgan Biddle and Bavi Makkar
    (Gateway Senior High School, Gateway Video Club)
    Communicating Science Award
    “Water Quality in Pittsburgh's Urban Ecosytems” by Nicholas Bertone, Fauntaye Bryant. Christian Cross, Isabella DiRenzo, and Shaun Fisher
    (Western PA School for the Deaf)
    Best Use of Technology Award
    “Robotic Revelations” by Reid Davis, Daniel Pergi, Owen Price, and Nick Shust
    (Western PA School for the Deaf)
    Artistic Vision Award
    “I Want to Make a Movie” by Ryan Peters
    (Baldwin High School)
    Viewer's Choice Award
    “STROKE: A Documentary” by Paul Groseclose

    Grand Prize - the best of the whole bunch!
    “STROKE: A Documentary” by Paul Groseclose

    SO WHAT IS i5?

    SO WHY i5?

    HOW TO USE i5 - in the classroom, in an afterschool program, on your own...

    ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!      ____________________________________________________________________________________

    SO WHAT IS i5?

    A digital video competition for middle and high school students
    on the impact of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in their lives -
  • innovations
  • issues
  • individuals
  • inspiring careers
  • incredible income potential

    Tell your story! (individuals or teams)
    Make a video of five minutes or less
    that shows how science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) are an important part of your life.
    (sample ideas)

    Entrants must not be an employee of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh,
    or their immediate families and members of their household.

    SO WHY i5?

    Creating a video fosters the development of critical life skills including
    systems thinking, problem solving, iterative design and digital media literacies.

    The i5 Digital Video Competition has students develop and use engineering practices
    outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), such as,
    developing and using models, designing solutions, communicating information, and working crosscurricular.

    The mission of Carnegie Science Center's Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development,
    and this program in particular, is to inspire more young people to consider and pursue careers in STEM fields,
    and to cultivate a STEM-literate community.


  • digital video of 5 minutes MAX...not including title page/credits
  • Quicktime movie format (.mov)
  • title page including name of film, student(s) names (for indivdual OR team members), school name, grade
  • please include science sources and any photo/film/approval for sources in the credits after the video
  • content must be tasteful and appropriate for all ages


    February 10, 2017 SUBMIT topic (the deadline)
        You get a judging point for submitting this form!
        (download story outline submission form)

    March 20, 2017 ENTER competition (the deadline)
        (how to enter)

    March 26 - April 9, 2017 VOTE for Viewer's Choice Award
        (how to vote for the Viewer's Choice Award)

    April 20, 2017 ATTEND the celebration
    reception & Awards Ceremony @ Carnegie Science Center, OMNIMAX Theater
        (invitations will be emailed & rsvps are a must!)
        (reception & Awards Ceremony 'the details')


         by the way, everybody (all participants) 'win':
  • a chocolate Oscar
  • an i5 pin
  • a poster with a still from their video
  • a certificate of participation

         middle school category prize winners:
  • Best Story-telling Award ($150)
  • Communicating Science Award ($150)
  • Best Use of Technology Award ($150)
  • Artistic Vision Award ($150)
  • Viewer's Choice Award ($150)
         high school category prize winners:
  • Best Story-telling Award ($150)
  • Communicating Science Award ($150)
  • Best Use of Technology Award ($150)
  • Artistic Vision Award ($150)
  • Viewer's Choice Award ($150)

        Grand Prize:
    the best of the whole bunch!
                         PLUS - a Pittsburgh Filmmakers Workshop

    All category prize winners also receive:
  • trophies for each winner's school
  • two general admission tickets for the Carnegie Science Center
  • two tickets to a Pittsburgh Filmmakers Theater

  • think clarity of message, ability to deliver message, connection to Pittsburgh region,
    use of technology available to you, creativity (approach or concept), use of research,
    adherence to submission guidelines and of course the judges' discretion
  • to help you get started (link to judging criteria, prizes, and to sample ideas & videos)

    how to enter:
    1. submit your topic, video and all the paperwork on or before the deadlines (dates)
    2. follow the judging requirements (judging criteria)
    3. submitting your video
        -how to export your video to get the best copy.exporting your video
        -entries should be submitted by uploading online (how to upload your video) for judging.
    4. submit your paperwork:
        -story outline submission due Feb. 10 (form)
        -entry form  please have the signature of your parent on the entry form unless you are over 18!     
        -release forms (individuals/talent, locations, materials/music)

        For questions or submissions please contact:

                  Geri Baker @ Carnegie Science Center
                  One Allegheny Ave.
                  Pittsburgh, PA 15212
                  PH: 412.237.1552

    how to vote for the Viewer's Choice Award:

    March 26-April 9
    Go online to your Youtube or Google account (if you do not already have one they are free!):
    1. Click here (or go to
    2. Then, click to view films
    3. Next, click 'like' for up to 3 middle school and 3 high school films

  • i5 CRASH COURSE/curriculum

  • science center support team and iPads for your use (contact us!)

  • STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) toolbox
  • copyright information
  • storyboarding sheet
  • computers & technology - Check out the CLP Digital Media Labs!
             free lab to teens grades 5-12 including mentors, free programs,...
  • classes with the Youth Media Program @ Pittsburgh Filmmakers
  • video toolbox (online videos about many aspects of video design)
  • continuity editing
  • sound editing site - Audacity
  • mixing.editing, royaly free music, more 'how to'! - additional websites (scroll down the page)
  • iMovie Guide     Cheat Sheet p1     Cheat Sheet p2
  • keep it simple storytelling

    reception & Awards Ceremony 'the details' :
  • Everybody is invited to come down on April 20, 2017 to CELEBRATE!
                        We'll send you an email invite!
    All entrants will be sent invites, plus you can have passes for your family/friends.
             Four seats may be reserved which includes a seat for the participant -
             by emailing by April 14.
             (After this date remaining seats will be open for reservation.)

  • Pre-registration is a must (we do have to make plans)

  • Everything starts at 6:30pm!!

  • 6:30-7:30pm    Sign-in & have your photo taken by the paparazzi (and email it home!)
    ALL video entries will be shown at the Carnegie Science Center (large screens with looping videos!)
                         during the reception (think tasty snacks)
                         Take aways with conductive paint & 3D Doodlers! Try out Ozobots (think fun stuff to do)!

  • 7:30-9:30pm   Awards Ceremony - including top finalist films featured during the ceremony where
                         all finalists will be recognized!

  • 9:30-10pm Photos of award winners

                       check out
                the 2017 presenter
                          at the
         i5 Digital Video Competition
                  Awards Ceremony


    Caroline Record has a MS in Human Computer Interaction & BFA in Fine Art –
                both from Carnegie Mellon University.
    She has received multiple recognitions for excellence including
                as an Andrew Carnegie Scholar & Yale University Norfolk Fellow.
    She is currently with the Innovation Studio which is the design, development and workflow laboratory
    at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. The Studio is a collective of cultural technologists working to support
    a culture of innovation throughout our museums, which include Carnegie Museum of Art,
    Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Science Center.                                      

    Caroline is an artist and technologist who uses code to create her own artistic systems. These systems are at once clever and tactile. Her work includes ‘She’ a singing printing sculpture, ‘Forever Overhead’ viewed simultaneously from the perspective of the ground and the sky,
    and on view last summer at 707 Penn Gallery, as well as a ‘Drawing with Code’ workshops for students.                                                                                                                   

    downloadable flyer/poster for school year 2016-2017

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    Want more information?
       please do contact me:

                                                       Geri Baker

                                                      Carnegie Science Center
                                                      One Allegheny Avenue
                                                      Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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