The first ever White House Student Film Festival happened last week. The festival blends two things I have a keen interest in – filmmaking and technology. Specifically, the student-made films capture how K-12 students are using technology in the classroom. There were over 2,500 entries from across the nation. Those were narrowed down to 16 Official Selections (above) and 127 Honorable Mentions, all of which can be viewed from the White House’s YouTube site. Kal Penn, Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson were among the special guests at the festival, and Conan O’Brien addressed the students by video. One of my favorites videos is Full Steam Ahead from the children at SciTech Kids. 3D printing! Augmented reality! Coding! Robots! Pongsats! Man, I wish we had that stuff when I was in school!
It’s great that these K-12ers are using video to talk about the impact of science, technology, engineering, math, and art in the classroom. Hopefully this turns into an annual event.