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SO WHY i5?

HOW TO USE i5 - in the classroom, in an afterschool program, on your own...

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!     The 2016 winners are!
  • For videos - - Select 2016 i5 winners!, or 2016 submission playlists

  • middle school
    • Best Story Telling Award
    “STEM versus Stripes” by Lauren Miles
    Communicating Science Award
    “Drilling into our homes” by Arjun Narayan
    (Marshall Middle School)
    Best Use of Technology Award
    “STEM Meets Roller Coasters” by Cathryn Coles, Michaela Denison, and Natalie Moore
    (Pleasant Hills Middle School)
    Artistic Vision Award
    “i5: Be the Force” by Sam McClendan, Takeyla Mickens, and Janelle Wright
    (Propel Northside)
    Viewer's Choice Award
    “i5: Be the Force” by Sam McClendan, Takeyla Mickens, and Janelle Wright
    (Propel Northside)

    high school
    • Best Story-telling Award
    “The Reality of Pittsburgh” by Matthew Drzai and Brittney Fouse
    (Altoona Area Junior High School)
    Communicating Science Award
    “Military Medicine” by Samantha Logsdon
    (McGuffey High School)
    Best Use of Technology Award
    “STEM at WPSD” by Chad D'Amore, Zion Harper, Antoine Hunter, Kyle Keracher, Ruth Nieliwocki, Fauntaye Bryant, Seth Reeves, Tori Reeves, Samantha Gibbs, Cassie Friday, Kyle D'Amore, Christian Cross, Alexandra Francis, Danielle Fisher, Justin Warke, Destiny Tanner, and Dennita Lewis
    (Western PA School for the Deaf)
    Artistic Vision Award
    “Something Needed but Not Appreciated” by Kayla Lubert
    (Hampton High School)
    Viewer's Choice Award
    “Matthews International: continuing to innovate” by Poss Peters and Victoria Peters
    (St. Peter's Homeschool)

    Grand Prize - the best of the whole bunch!
    “STEM versus Stripes” by Lauren Miles
    (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 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 10, 2017 SUBMIT topic (the deadline)
        You get a judging point for submitting this form!
        (download story outline submission form)

    March 20, 2017 ENTER competition (the deadline)
        (how to enter)

    March 26 - April 9, 2017 VOTE for Viewer's Choice Award
        (how to vote for the Viewer's Choice Award)

    April 20, 2017 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!
                         PLUS - check back for cool prize update!

    All category prize winners also receive:
  • trophies for each winner's school
  • two general admission tickets for the Carnegie Science Center

  • 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. 10 (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 26-April 9
    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

  • i5 CRASH COURSE/curriculum

  • science center support team and iPads for your use (contact us!)

  • 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.
             Four 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 & have your photo taken by the paparazzi (and email it home!)
    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, Ozobots,... 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 2016 speaker
                         at the
         i5 Digital Video Competition
                  Awards Ceremony

           Heather Knight is a Ph.D candidate at Carnegie
    Mellon's Robotics Institute and runs Marilyn Monrobot,
    a robot theater company which creates socially
    intelligent robot performances and sensor-based electronic art. Founder of the Robot Film Festival and Cyborg Cabaret, Heather was on the 2011 Forbes List
    for 30 under 30 in Science.                           

    Her work also includes: robotics and instrumentation
    at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, interactive
    installations with Syyn Labs, field applications and sensor design at Aldebaran Robotics, and she is an alumnus
    from the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab.
    She earned her bachelor and masters degrees at MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and has a
    minor in Mechanical Engineering.                                                                                                                   

    downloadable flyer/poster for school year 2016-2017

    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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