A Great Opportunity for Student Filmmakers

  • Jun 23, 2016


Hey, students and teachers, are you looking for a cool way to kick-off your summer break? Why not make a film?

Following on the success of last year’s CineSpace short film competition, NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society are once again inviting filmmakers of all ages to vie for cash prizes by creating a movie of any genre that incorporates content from NASA’s library of historic images and video!

If you enter, you’ll be competing for $26,000 in prizes with cash awards going to the top three submissions as well as the two films that best demonstrate the themes “Benefits of Space to Humanity” and “Future Space Exploration.”

But you’ll have to act fast. Deadline for submission is July 31st.

This year’s contest, which is open to all professional and aspiring filmmakers, will be judged by acclaimed director Richard Linklater (School of Rock). Participants under the age of 18 will need the permission of a parent or guardian to enter.

Check out last year’s 1st Place winner below, then head over to CineSpace for more info.

Good luck, and here’s hoping it’s your film being featured here next time!

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—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio


Image and video: NASA/Houston Cinema Arts Festival

STEM Education Takes Flight With NASA eClips Videos

  • Apr 03, 2015


Since its inception, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been a valued resource for teachers, sharing its vaunted expertise in math, science, engineering and other subjects via quality educational materials distributed free-of-charge.

This month, we’d like to call your attention to NASA eClips, an extensive collection of short videos exploring timely applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, topics.

The videos are engaging, well-produced, and divided into K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 categories. All are accompanied by downloadable lesson guides aligned to national standards for science, math, and technology. There’s even a “Teacher Toolbox” to help you put it all to work.

Check out the sample video below. For the rest visit NASA eClips online.

And to stay abreast of other great free educational resources, be sure to bookmark this site and follow DIRECTV Goes to School on Twitter.

Note: NASA TV is channel 346 in your DIRECTV SCHOOL CHOICE programming package.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio