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.

 WHY ENGAGE?

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.

TRAINING GUIDE

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.

 
 

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?

HARVEST
RAINWATER

Install rain barrels to harvest rainwater and use it on lawns

HONOUR WATER

Learn and respect the indigenous cultural value of water

WORK IN WATER SCIENCE

Educate and start a career in water science

TALK ABOUT
WATER

Advocate for water sustainability, sanitation and hygiene messages

PLANT
TREES

Have frequent sapling plantation drives

SPONSORS

PARTNERS

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