JHS 9th Grade Videography Students Win STEM Wars PSA Competition

JHS 9th grade Videography team recently won the STEM Wars video production competition for Public Service Announcements. Teammates (L to R): Zackery Hayes, Caleb Cordner, Savannah Hazelton, Chloe Short, Sara Beebe, Vanessa Sanfilippo and Vanessa Pellittieri.

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The JHS 9th grade Videography team recently won the STEM Wars video production competition for Public Service Announcements. Teammates: Zackery Hayes, Caleb Cordner, Savannah Hazelton, Chloe Short, Sara Beebe, Vanessa Sanfilippo and Vanessa Pellittieri produced three PSA’s: “Cyber Bullying,” “Texting & Driving” and “Teens Under Stress in Schools.”

The criterion was to produce a Public Service Announcement that promotes a community-related idea, an issue, and/or an important matter in society. The PSA could also promote a non-profit community organization. This type of an organization does community based-activities and it usually depends on grant monies or charitable donations from various sources. These sources enable the organization to survive and continue operating within its community.

The PSA video project had to be 30 seconds long, include an audio track/narration that correlated with appropriate images, graphics, and suitable visuals, promote a community non-profit organization, its activities, vision, and philosophy, evidence of research on the topic and the organization with a clear message, and a call to action.

Videography and JHS Technology Education instructor, Mr. Qadri, added: “Students in this 9th grade Videography class were asked to produce Public Service Announcements about important issues in society. The unit is done in class to prepare for the annual STEM War competitions at JCC, where a video production component is part of the activities that students could compete in. After students in two JHS Videography sections studied the production criteria, with about 48 students working in teams of three or four, the pre-production planning, production, and post-production phases on the process were all in ‘action.’ If you walked in our studio any time during this type of a class, you’d find students actively involved in their daily tasks. One production team might be using our digital cameras and studio lighting kits to shoot/videotape a scene in front of the green screen, while another team might be in the sound-proof recording booths to complete the needed narrations for voice-over segments, or a third team might be having a production-team meeting in the classroom because they felt the need conference with the teacher to resolve an issue or modify a storyboard or a script. The hard work usually pays off in the end, an ‘A’ grade and a public recognition along with a prize if the team’s project is the winner at STEM Wars. This is so exiting for all involved; and we still have the rest of the year to do more video production opportunities, as we all work toward applying ELA and Technology Education state learning standards.”

JHS ELA teacher Charles McKenna provides additional classroom instruction for grade 9 Videography; and Ed Tomassini, a videographer through the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, provides as-needed consultation and program technical support.