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STEMfest Science Video Competition Rules

Submission deadline - end of business day, Tuesday, October 10, 2017

For you video, please choose one of the following -

Going! Going! Gone Green!

Organization of Intergalactic Investigators

Concerned about the pollution, the Department of Emissions, Environment, and Parks (DEEP) is seeking new ways to protect nature. Are you up to the challenge? Dig DEEP, find a solution, and propose your plan in a 2-4 minute video.

*bzz**bzz* Lt. Bean to Ground Control. Are you getting this? Great news! Our top scientists out here on the Explorer space ship have discovered yet another new planet. Before we land, we need information on what we might run into. Help us out with a video?

The video:

The video:

• Must explain a concept, invention, or theory in any of the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) related to helping the environment.

• Must explain a plant or animal that could live on the unknown planet (choose any planet that has recently been discovered by NASA)

• Must be visually stimulating. Be creative! No “talking head” videos. Don’t just tell us—show us!

• Must be visually stimulating. Be creative! No “talking head” videos. Don’t just tell us—show us!

• Must contain only your or your group’s original work, including music, sound effects, and photography. See the Resources and Tools section below for a list of creative tools you can use.

• Must contain only your or your group’s original work, including music, sound effects, and photography. See the Resources and Tools section below for a list of creative tools you can use.

• Can be any production type including but not limited to live action video, animation or animated photo essay. (An animated photo essay is a series of still images that have been strung together using video editing software and set to music, narration or both.)

• Can be any production type including but not limited to live action video, animation or animated photo essay. (An animated photo essay is a series of still images that have been strung together using video editing software and set to music, narration or both.)

• Must not be boring...have fun!

• Must not be boring...have fun!

Entry Guidelines

Groups

Entries will be divided into groups based on selected project.
Entries must be completed by groups of four or fewer students playing a central role.

Categories are

  • Individual/Small Group Most Creative
  • Individual/Small Group Best Technical Skills
  • Individual/Small Group Best Thorough Research
  • Individual/Small Group Judges’ Favorite

Judging will be based on the following criteria.

  • Accuracy – Was your explanation correct?
  • Creativity/Originality
  • Technical Quality (i.e. focused images, clear sound, interesting graphics)
  • Overall Effectiveness

Prizes

First, Second and Third prizes will be award in all categories except for Judges’ Favorite. The will be only one Judges’ Favorite.

Prizes for each category are

  • First Place:
    • Winner Certificate
    • T-shirt for each member
    • Invitation to be on a student panel at ReadingCon 2018 (Link to ReadingCon 2017 page)
    • Production Workshop at your school with NIU STEAM Production Team Member
  • Second Place:
    • Winner Certificate
    • T-shirt for each member
    • Skype visit with our NIU STEAM Production Team to workshop a piece of their choice
  • Third Place
    • Winner Certificate
    • T-shirt for each member
    • Official STEM Read Book

Judges Choice

  • Judges Choice Trophy
  • T-shirt for each member
  • Official STEM Read Book
  • Invitation to be on a student panel at ReadingCon 2018 (Link to ReadingCon 2017 page)
  • Production Workshop at your school with NIU STEAM Production Team Member

Submission Guidelines

Parent/Guardian Consent Forms

Every student involved in your video needs to have a signed consent form submitted with the video.

Post your video on YouTube

  • Set privacy setting to “Public”.
  • Enter the Video Title and Description
Use the following Tags:
  • STEMfest2017
  • NIUGoGreen or NIUPlanet (Please use one depending on which prompt you used.)

For help on how to submit a video to YouTube, visit the YouTube Help Center. https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57407?hl=en 

If you encounter any difficulty uploading your video contact Kristin at kbrynteson@niu.edu for support or alternate submission method.

You don’t have the right software to create your video? Don’t worry! Here is a list of just a few easy and free tools you can use to create your video. There are lots more available online.

Video/Animated Slideshow Editing

Music

  • Aviary – Online music creator
  • Audacity – Record and mix your own music or voice
  • Hobnox – Create your own high energy tracks
  • JamStudio – Create your own music online

Animation

  • SAM Animation – Watch the intro video on this one. There are some great ideas!!
  • Scratch – Create and program your own animation
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STEMfest 2017 is Saturday, October 21st!


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