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 for 2014...............................
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    SO WHAT IS i5?

    A digital video competition for middle and high school students on the impact of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in their lives - namely:
  • innovations
  • issues
  • individuals
  • inspiring careers
  • incredible income potential

    Tell your story! Make a video of five minutes or less that shows how science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) are an important part of your life. (link to examples)

    Entrants must not be an employee of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh or Pittsburgh Filmmakers, or their immediate families and members of their household.

    SO WHY i5?

    Creating a video fosters the development of critical life skills including systems thinking, problem solving, iterative design and digital media literacies.

    The i5 Digital Video Competition has students develop and use engineering practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), such as, developing and using models, designing solutions and communicating information.


    digital video of 5 minutes MAX
  • not including title page/credits
  • Quicktime movie format (.mov)
  • title page including name of film, student(s) names, school name, grade
  • please include your science sources and any photo/film/approval for sources in the credits after the video
  • content must be tasteful and appropriate for all ages

    February 13, 2015 SUBMIT topic by email (the deadline)
    You get a judging point for submitting this form!
        (download story outline submission form)

    March 23, 2015 ENTER competition (the deadline)
        (how to enter)

    March 29 - April 12, 2015 VOTE for Viewer's Choice Award
        (how to vote for the Viewer's Choice Award)

    April 23, 2015 ATTEND the reception & Awards Ceremony @ Carnegie Science Center, OMNIMAX Theater
        (invitations will be emailed & rsvps are a must!)
        (reception & Awards Ceremony 'the details')

    (by the way everybody - all participants - 'win' a chocolate i5 pin, and receive a certificate/poster for participation)
         middle school
  • Best Story-telling Award ($150)
  • Communicating Science Award ($150)
  • Best Use of Technology Award ($150)
  • Artistic Vision Award ($150)
  • Viewer's Choice Award ($150)
         high school
  • Best Story-telling Award ($150)
  • Communicating Science Award ($150)
  • Best Use of Technology Award ($150)
  • Artistic Vision Award ($150)
  • Viewer's Choice Award ($150)
                   Grand Prize - the best of the whole bunch!
        ($300 + a $400 tuition certificate that can be used for any media class, camp or workshop at Pittsburgh
               + PLUS trophies for each winner's school
         All category prize winners also receive:
    two general admission tickets for the Carnegie Science Center
         two general admission tickets for Pittsburgh Filmmakers Theaters*.
    *good for one screening - not valid for festival screenings or special events

  • think clarity of message, ability to deliver message, connection to Pittsburgh region, use of technology available to you, creativity (approach or concept), use of research, adherence to submission guidelines and of course the judges' discretion
  • to help you get started (link to judging criteria, prizes, and to sample titles & videos)

    how to enter:
    1. submit your topic, video and all the paperwork on or before the deadlines (dates)
    2. follow the judging requirements (judging criteria)
    3. submitting your video
    Entries should be submitted by uploading online (how to upload your video) for judging.
          In addition - for final screening and exhibition -
             a physical copy of a movie file should be mailed to:
                  Geri Baker @ Carnegie Science Center
                  One Allegheny Ave.
                  Pittsburgh, PA 15212
                  FAX: 412.237.3375 attn: Geri Baker
        For the best and highest quality, please send a .mov movie file copied on a flash drive or disc. (Quicktime H.264     preferred).
    4. submit your paperwork:
        -story outline submission due Feb. 13 (form)
        -entry form, release forms (individuals/talent, locations, materials/music)
        -please have the signature of your parent! (on the entry form unless you are over 18)

    how to vote for the Viewer's Choice Award: (March 29-April 12)
    Go online to your Youtube or Google account (if you do not already have one they are free!):
    1. Click here (or go to
    2. Then, click to view films
    3. Next, click 'like' for up to 3 middle school and 3 high school films

    SMASH JAM Flyer Vision to Video in One Day January 10, Vision to Video 2-day Workshop July 16-17
  • Additional writing resources provided by our Intersections Partnership friends at the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project – Coming Soon!
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) toolbox
  • copyright information
  • storyboarding sheet
  • computers & technology Check out the CLP Digital Media Labs! free to teens grades 5-12 including mentors, free programs,...
  • classes with the Youth Media Program @ Pittsburgh Filmmakers
  • video toolbox (online videos about many aspects of video design)
  • i5 short course:     the basics          continuity editing
  • sound editing site Audacity
  • mixing.editing, royaly free music, more 'how to'! additional websites (scroll down the page)
  • iMovie Guide Cheat Sheet p1 Cheat Sheet p2
  • keep it simple storytelling

    reception & Awards Ceremony 'the details' :
  • Everybody is invited to come down on April 24, 2014 to celebrate the i5 Awards.
                        We'll send you an email invite!
             (All entrants will be sent invites, plus you can have passes for your family/friends as requested.
             Three seats MAX may be reserved which includes a seat for the participant -
             by emailing by April 13.
             After this date remaining seats will be open for reservation.)
  • Pre-registration is a must (we do have to make plans)
  • Everything starts at 6:30pm!!
  • 6:30-7:30pm    Sign-in
                        ALL video entries will be shown in the lobby of the OMNIMAX Theater (large screens with looping videos!)
                        during the reception (think tasty snacks)
                        - NEW THIS YEAR -
                         Art/Tech exhibits & demos (think fun stuff to do).
  • 7:30-9:30pm   Awards Ceremony including top finalist films shown on the largest screen in Pittsburgh
                         (that's in Carnegie Science Center's OMNIMAX Theater) and all finalists will be recognized!
  • 9:30-10pm Photos of award winners

                              2014 speaker at the
         i5 Digital Video Competition Awards Ceremony

                              Dan Wilcox:
              Artist Engineer Musician Performer

    new media & arts engineering, experimental computer rock, technically complicated projects for noisy/primal                           displays
    What are some of the reaches of art/technology?
    What was new?           What is new?
    ...and… what will be new? ...AND...What will YOU create?

    Dan Wilcox combines live musical performance techniques with experimental electronics and software for exploration into themes of science fiction, space travel, cyborgification, and far futurism. He has performed in Europe and around the US with his one man band cyborg performance project, robotcowboy. He has recently finished his MFA coursework at Carnegie Mellon University and is working on his thesis project, robotcowboy: Onward to Mars, 2014.                                                                                                                   

  • downloadable flyer/poster
  • short program description
  • expanded program description

    in the news
  • TRIB - Baldwin junior tells bioswale story in award-winning film
  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Science lessons at Baldwin high school improve environment
  • i5 in a Local Senator's News Feed

    2014 Winners List

    middle school
  • Best Story-telling Award
    “Grandma, if they find a cure do you think they'll call me?” Sead Nikšic (Winebiddle Homeschool)
  • Communicating Science Award
    “Fracking in Pennsylvania: Destroying or Developing" by McKenna Battista, Cassidy Crotteau, Jeremy Dolan, Emily Duffy, and Mia Sterling (Propel Montour)
  • Best Use of Technology Award
    “Then and Now: The Evolution of Technology and STEM" by Garrett Ley and Tyler Niehaus (Moon Area Middle School)
  • Artistic Vision Award
    “Reshaping America" by Ross Peters (St. Peter’s Homeschool)
  • Viewer's Choice Award
    “Long Distance Love and Other Things by Amila Nik?i? and Sead Nik?i? (Winebiddle Homeschool)

    high school
  • Best Story-telling Award
    “Closing the Floodgates: Building the Baldwin Bioswale" by Jillian Weida (Baldwin High School)
  • Communicating Science Award
    “The Forgotten Science of Music, or Music: The Escape" by Beanca Bel, Caleb Hickerson, and Tiona White (Propel Andrew Street High School)
  • Best Use of Technology Award
    “Cyber Synapses: Technology at Troy High School" by Christopher Kao (Troy High School in California)
  • Artistic Vision Award
    “The Forgotten Science of Music, or Music: The Escape" by Beanca Bel, Caleb Hickerson, and Tiona White (Propel Andrew Street High School)
  • Viewer's Choice Award
    “Closing the Floodgates: Building the Baldwin Bioswale" by Jillian Weida (Baldwin High School)

    Grand Prize - the best of the whole bunch!
    “Closing the Floodgates: Building the Baldwin Bioswale" by Jillian Weida (Baldwin High School)
    Want more information?
       please do contact me:

                                                       Geri Baker

                                                      Carnegie Science Center
                                                      One Allegheny Avenue
                                                       Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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