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Redford Center Stories Visual Storytelling Contest
Empower middle school students to re-imagine materials use.
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Class trip to 4Ocean global HQ in Boca Raton, FL
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Due March 9th, 2020 - Redford Center Stories is an environmental storytelling Contest designed for teachers who are ready to empower their middle school students to re-imagine materials use, production and waste in the 2019-2020 school year. Redford Center Stories celebrates young minds by offering a showcase for students to share their ideas through a Visual Storytelling Contest, with winners announced on Earth Day 2020. This project-based approach to learning sparks curiosity, invites creativity, builds confidence and fosters teamwork as students seek solutions to real-world environmental problems. Join us in elevating youth voices and inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders.

Working in small teams of three to no more than four, students will identify and research a story idea based on the Contest theme—re-imagining materials use and production and exploring the path to a circular economy. Teams will present their learning in a short 30-90 second Apple Clips film that will be submitted to The Redford Center by their teacher sponsor no later than 5pm PST on March 9, 2020, in order to qualify for entry into the Contest.

Teachers are responsible for obtaining student releases, parent permissions, and approving and uploading all submissions. To submit projects, teachers will log in to the educator portal on the main contest page and upload their films into the “submit project” area of the site.

The Redford Center asks that each student and teacher who participates in the Contest complete all necessary evaluation forms.

Click the link below for Official Rules and more details.

Prizes

One Grand Prize winner and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize winners will be selected from each grade level (6th, 7th & 8th) and will receive the following:

Grand Prize
$500 Donors Choose gift card to fund a classroom project.
Grand prize-winning team members and teacher, along with one parent chaperone per student, will be awarded hotel accommodations for two nights and round-trip airfare to 4Ocean global headquarters in Boca Raton, FL in spring 2020. The trip includes a meeting with 4Ocean co-founders, a tour of 4Ocean’s headquarters and cleanup operations, a screening of the team’s film for 4Ocean employees and a beach cleanup experience.
A 4Ocean bracelet made from recycled materials for each team member and teacher.
Recognition of the film, team members and teacher on Redford Center social media.

1st Place Prizes
$300 Donors Choose gift card to fund a classroom project.
A 4Ocean bracelet made from recycled materials for each team member and teacher.
Recognition of the film, team members and teacher on Redford Center social media.

2nd Place Prizes
$200 Donors Choose gift card to fund a classroom project.
A 4Ocean bracelet made from recycled materials for each team member and teacher.
Recognition of the film, team members and teacher on Redford Center social media.

3rd Place Prizes
$100 Donors Choose gift card to fund a classroom project.
A 4Ocean bracelet made from recycled materials for each team member and teacher.
Recognition of the film, team members and teacher on Redford Center social media.
* Each 4ocean bracelet funds the removal of one pound of trash from oceans and coastlines.

*Every participating classroom will receive a free educational screening license and curriculum for The Redford Center’s award-winning HBO film Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution.

Eligibility
Open to middle school classrooms across the U.S. who are able to access the Apple Clips video editing software in their classrooms, since all story submissions must be created using Apple Clips—a free iOS app.

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