WHY SCIENCE AND FILMS?
Films are powerful educational tools because they use storytelling to engage audiences emotionally, and are a broadly-accessible by the public. Showing films heightens audience interest, helps the audience make real world connections, provides common ground for communication; and creates teachable moments which motivate the audience to care about science.
The goal of Let's Talk About Water is to improve communication around water issues by using film as a bridge between scientists and a more general audience. The youth engagement aspect of LTAW provides this bridge between scientists, students, and society. There is opportunity for interaction between students, teachers, and global scientific leaders.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOUTH?
Students receive interactive and hands-on training in film editing and science communication, from the inception of an idea, to framing of it, to implementation, and promotion.
Some students may have their films promoted regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Students may also win a prize for their school or class:
First Place: CDN $5,000
10 Additional Prizes: CDN $1,000 each
HOW TO ENTER
Teachers will submit films on behalf of their student teams. To begin, teachers can send an email stating their interest in participating, including their name, school, and class grade. Please have this initial email submitted before the end of February, 2020.
ELIGIBILITY & CRITERIA
Students from grades 5 to 12 are eligible to enter in teams, with a recommended size of 4 students per team.
Films should be no longer than 2 minutes in length, and should center on a theme of water or water science. Click below for further details on criteria.
In addition to workshops offered to students and teachers, the U of S offers downloadable training materials for providing interactive and hands-on programming regarding film editing, science communication, and knowledge translation.