SCARCE Seeks Student Videos for World Language Energy Education Film Competition

Aug 30 2016

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Call for student teams

SCARCE is organizing a world language film festival, Focus on Energy.  We are seeking high school and college students to create smart grid and energy efficiency education videos to reach out to those who prefer to speak in languages other than English.  Over 60 languages are spoken in DuPage County!  Our goal is to ensure that no one is left out of the advantages granted by current investments in electrical infrastructure that provide consumers with opportunities to save energy and money.  This is meant to be a challenging, competitive, interdisciplinary learning experience that will encourage creativity and cultural awareness while exploring the human side of technology.  Video submissions using American Sign Language are also welcomed.

Students – Form your team now! 

So, why do this?  Compete and win $1,000 in prize money!  Be creative!  Go crazy with it and let your culture shine! See your video on the big screen in a local movie theater!  Be engaged and make a difference!  Enhance your resume!

Videos must be 3 minutes or less.  We supply the equipment.  Contact [email protected] with questions. 

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Teachers and school administrators – You are encouraged to contact SCARCE without delay for more information about this challenging opportunity for students to blend science with a creative art.  SCARCE is looking for talented student teams to apply their creative skills to make short videos in foreign languages about new smart meters and modernization of our electrical grid.  This is a great opportunity for STEAM learning in action whether part of your curricula or not!


January 25, 2017 – Submit your team application to declare your interest by this date

January 28, 2017 – Attend workshop and video camera training

February 28, 2017 – Submit your world language video for judging

April 23, 2017 – Celebrate at the Focus on Energy Film Festival in a local movie theater



Focus on Energy Film Festival

Student participation will culminate in a film festival showing of their work on April 23, 2017.  This will be a juried competition with $1,000 prizes awarded for winning videos.  Schools and other organizations providing teams will also be awarded video equipment after the Festival!


Focus on Energy Film Fest Home Page

This project is funded by a grant from the Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF).  ISEIF was created to inform and engage Illinois consumers in the transformation to a digital electric grid. ISEIF accomplishes this through funding innovative education, outreach, and research projects in correspondence with smart meter deployment timelines.

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