Are there any budding journalists or filmmakers in your classroom? Be sure to let them know that next month C-SPAN will announce the 2015 theme for its annual StudentCam short documentary competition—a great opportunity for civic-minded students (grades 6-12) to influence the national conversation and vie for cash prizes.
Participating schools and teachers are eligible for cash prizes as well.
Let’s face it, the two things every student has these days are 1) a video camera, and 2) an opinion. Why not show them the doors that can open when they use those things constructively?
Check out these testimonials from StudentCam Teacher-Advisers:
“All of my StudentCam participants walk a little taller, (and) they exude a poise and self-confidence that the other eighth graders (who did not participate), don’t.” —Karen Rehder, Farragut Middle School, Knoxville, TN
“I’ve had parents calling me to thank me for doing this and telling me that their children learned so much. I’ve seen myself the learning that goes on with this project; not only on subject matter but on technology and cooperative skills. This is one project I am not letting go!” —Laura De Sabatino, Sawgrass Springs Middle School, Coral Springs, FL
And this, from a proud mom:
“This is the sort of thing that he’ll remember his whole life, of course, and it’s life-changing. You can be sure that you’ve had a formidable impact on this young man, in part because of the honor of the award, but in larger part because he experienced what it’s like to make a difference in something important.” —Sharon Webb, Mother of 2010 StudentCam winner Matthew Shimura, Honolulu, HI
Remember, the process begins in July when C-SPAN announces the theme for 2015′s competition. The deadline for submissions is January 20, 2015.
Check out the video below for a look at this year’s winners.
And for more information visit C-SPAN StudenCam.
—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio
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