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                                                                  i5 Digital Video Competition

JUDGING CRITERIA AND PRIZES



  • JUDGING CRITERIA
  • PRIZES
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON JUDGING
  • SAMPLE IDEAS
  • SAMPLE VIDEOS

    Team size is variable.

    Multiple entries permissible.

    Previous entries not accepted.



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    JUDGING CRITERIA

    Judges
    Judging of all entries will be conducted by an independent panel of judges who have expertise in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and filmmaking. The decisions of the judges are final.

    Criteria (Click for ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON JUDGING
    Judges will consider the following criteria when reviewing your entry:
  • 1. Clear message about the relationship between STEM and you (6 points)
  • 2. Ability to deliver the message (3 points)
  • 3. Connection to the Pittsburgh region (3 points)
  • 4. Use of technology available to the entrant(s) (3 points)
  • 5. Creativity (3 points)
  • 6. Use of research (3 points)
  • 7. Adherence to entry rules (up to 2 penalty points)
    Entries that obtain 14 or more points will be eligible to compete for the top prizes as finalists and will be reocgnized at the Awards Ceremony. Top finalists' videos will be shown on the largest screen in Pittsburgh in the Omnimax Theater.

    Story Outline Submission earns you 1 extra judging point!


    PRIZES

    ALL i5 participants will receive:
  • a poster with a still from their video
  • a certificate of recognition for their entry
  • an i5 pin
  • a chocolate OSCAR (yum)


    Student filmmakers compete for:
  • Grand Prize (1):
    $300 plus a Pittsburgh Filmmakers Workshop
  • Best Story-telling Award (1 high school, 1 middle school): $150
  • Communicating Science Award (1 high school, 1 middle school): $150
  • Best Use of Technology Award (1 high school, 1 middle school): $150
  • Artistic Vision Award (1 high school, 1 middle school): $150
  • Viewer's Choice Award (1 high school, 1 middle school): $150

    In addition, each prize winner receives:
  • a trophy for their awards display case
  • two general admission tickets to the Carnegie Science Center
  • two tickets to a Pittsburgh Filmmakers Theater

    NOTE: For teams, cash prizes are divided among all team members.


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON JUDGING

    Message about the mutual impact of STEM in your life, world.
    Sample questions to get you thinking:
    - How does STEM - science, technology, engineering and math affect your daily activities?
    (transportation, how you communicate with people, do homework, where you get your food, how you control your environment - temperature, sound,...)
    - How does STEM (for example, the rivers, tech advances or engineering) affect your health?
    - How does STEM (i.e. the weather, computers/Internet…) affect what you can do (for example, sports, a career, education)?

    Ability to deliver the message
    After viewing your film, is the audience able to articulate your message? How well? Do your artistic style, your sounds, your imagery, your captions, and other elements best support getting the knowledge to your viewers?

    Connection to Pittsburgh Region
    This could mean it happens here physically, for example flooding, or that a person works on protecting the environment here in Pittsburgh (as opposed to France). If it were about tsunamis - it could be, for example, about connections to families here, or research about extreme weather being carried out here in the Pittsburgh region.

    Use of technology available to the entrant
    Camera, tripod, lighting, microphone - how did you use them? How well?

    Creativity, use of original approach or concept
    Does the film take an unusual approach? Is it refreshing? Do you use a unique voice? Do you have a signature style?

    Research involved
    A good bibliography should be included, as appropriate. Is it good science? Give appropriate credit. Does it show an aspect of your working knowledge?


    SAMPLE IDEAS

    innovations
  • Tissue-engineered bones (including wounded soldiers)
  • Nano sports equipment that is lighter and stronger helps me play baseball
  • Solar energy will supplement current energy technology

    issues
  • Marcellus Shale
  • Climate change
  • Stem cell research

    individuals
  • Rachel Carson
  • Women researchers
  • Award winners

    inspiring careers
  • Interview a special individual….what is it like to develop the next ___? …
  • Micah Toll just graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and has several companies and many more patents.

    incredible income potential
  • Impact these STEM fields (medicine, energy, IT) have on our regional economy
  • What kind of growth does the biotech industry bring to our region?
  • Blossoming fields with all kinds of potential for you, your family, and the region
  • Income differences between those employed in STEM fields and non-STEM fields
  • Stories about the impact of income in STEM fields on people's lives


    Visit our YouTube link and see the 2016 winning videos!





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