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SO WHY i5?

HOW TO USE i5 - check out the many different ways!


    The 2015 winners are!
  • For videos - - Select 2015 i5 winners!, or 2015 montage, or 2015 submission playlists

  • middle school
    • Best Story-telling Award
    “STEM in my Future” by Justin Clevenger and Richie Dell
    (South Fayette Middle School)
    Communicating Science Award
    “Pittsburgh Food Science” by Trinity Cioppa, Jazmine Howard and Ciarra Turner
    (STEM Stars Woodland Hills Junior High School)
    Best Use of Technology Award
    “The Concussion Crisis” by MaKayla Brown, Abigail Collura, Maggie Goob, Dylan Ordean, Nino Masciola, Max Miller, Dani Sakulsky, Leah Stoner and Evan Walker
    (Propel Montour)
    Artistic Vision Award
    “Be a Hero: i5” by Abigail Hipkins and Brandy Washington
    (Canonsburg Middle School)
    Viewer's Choice Award
    “Project 15206: A Watershed Moment” by Amila Niksic
    (Winebiddle Street Homeschool)

    high school
    • Best Story-telling Award
    “Computer Reach: Refurbishing Computers, Manufacturing Hope” by Sead Niksic
    (Obama Academy)
    Communicating Science Award
    “Pollution in the Pittsburgh Region” by Tyler Barry, Zach Gibbons, Jake McCloskey, Avery McGinnis, and Evan Noll
    (Altoona Area Junior High School)
    Best Use of Technology Award
    “Redefining Rest: How Modern Medicine Uses STEM To Change The Way We Sleep” by Ross Peters
    (St. Peter's Homeschool)
    Artistic Vision Award
    “The STEAM Revolution” by Jacob Spagnol
    (Elizabeth Forward High School)
    Viewer's Choice Award
    “Computer Reach: Refurbishing Computers, Manufacturing Hope” by Sead Niksic
    (Obama Academy)

    Grand Prize - the best of the whole bunch!
    “Project 15206: A Watershed Moment” by Amila Niksic
    (Winebiddle Street Homeschool) ____________________________________________________________________________________

    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 -
  • innovations
  • issues
  • individuals
  • inspiring careers
  • incredible income potential

    Tell your story! (individuals or teams)
    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.
    (sample ideas)

    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, communicating information, and working crosscurricular.

    The mission of Carnegie Science Center's Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development,
    and this program in particular, is to inspire more young people to consider and pursue careers in STEM fields,
    and to cultivate a STEM-literate community.


  • digital video of 5 minutes MAX...not including title page/credits
  • Quicktime movie format (.mov)
  • title page including name of film, student(s) names (for indivdual OR team members), school name, grade
  • please include 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 12, 2016 SUBMIT topic (the deadline)
        You get a judging point for submitting this form!
        (download story outline submission form)

    March 21, 2016 ENTER competition (the deadline)
        (how to enter)

    March 27 - April 10, 2016 VOTE for Viewer's Choice Award
        (how to vote for the Viewer's Choice Award)

    April 21, 2016 ATTEND the celebration
    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 Oscar
  • an i5 pin
  • a poster with a still from their video
  • a certificate of participation

         middle school category prize winners:
  • 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 category prize winners:
  • 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!
                   a certificate good for one Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Youth Media
                   workshop, class or camp of the winner’s choosing

    All category prize winners also receive:
  • trophies for each winner's school
  • 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 ideas & 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
        -how to export your video to get the best copy.exporting your video
        -entries should be submitted by uploading online (how to upload your video) for judging.
    4. submit your paperwork:
        -story outline submission due Feb. 12 (form)
        -entry form  please have the signature of your parent on the entry form unless you are over 18!     
        -release forms (individuals/talent, locations, materials/music)

        For questions or submissions please contact:

                  Geri Baker @ Carnegie Science Center
                  One Allegheny Ave.
                  Pittsburgh, PA 15212
                  PH: 412.237.1552

    how to vote for the Viewer's Choice Award:

    March 27-April 10
    Go online to your Youtube or Google account (if you do not already have one they are free!):
    1. Click here (or go to http://
    2. Then, click to view films
    3. Next, click 'like' for up to 3 middle school and 3 high school films

  • SmashJam Digital Video workshop for Educators Oct. 3 (more information coming soon!) -
    Check back during the school year for additional workshop opportunities!

  • i5 CRASH COURSE/curriculum

  • science center support team and iPads for your use (coming soon)

  • STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) toolbox
  • copyright information
  • storyboarding sheet
  • computers & technology - Check out the CLP Digital Media Labs!
             free lab 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)
  • 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 21, 2016 to CELEBRATE!
                        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 may be reserved which includes a seat for the participant -
             by emailing by April 15.
             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 at the Carnegie Science Center (large screens with looping videos!)
                         during the reception (think tasty snacks)
                         Try out a 3D Doodler - and take home your doodle ... and more (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

          check out the 2015 speaker
                        at the
         i5 Digital Video Competition
                    Awards Ceremony

                       Brett Perl:
    Architecture Thesis student, Changing the World

    socially-, economically-, environmentally-conscious design                           
    Clinton Global Initiative
    granted him a fellowship based on his design work

    "Six" is his current project in Haiti          

    Brett Perl is graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University in May of 2015. His conceptual design work in Haiti has been publicly and personally commended by President Bill Clinton at Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Additionally, he's received a Fellowship from the Resolution Project based on project proposals made at CGI. He has studied the spatial, economic, social, and environmental implications of redesigns of existing systems in Haiti specifically. Additionally, Brett has had substantial
    experience with fabrication
    and prototyping using both
    digital and analog workflows.                                                                                                                   

    downloadable flyer/poster

    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

    Want more information?
       please do contact me:

                                                       Geri Baker

                                                      Carnegie Science Center
                                                      One Allegheny Avenue
                                                       Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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