One video, created by students at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf using sign language, touts the importance of installing rain barrels to help conserve water and decrease the amount of stormwater runoff and sewer overflow. The school in Edgewood has four rain barrels of its own and hopes to add more.
Another, by a Fox Chapel Area High School student, informs viewers about KidsBiz, a nonprofit organization created to help children, ages 8 to 12, get into the world of business.
Students from Elizabeth Forward produced a video introducing their Light as a Feather program, which aims to help students who are victims of bullying. In the program, a room with a feather symbol on its door means that a "safe place" teacher or other staff member is there. Students hope the program will improve the overall environment of schools.
These are samples of more than 50 videos that have been submitted by students in grades 6 through 12 for the second annual Steeltown Entertainment Project "Take a Shot at Changing the World" contest.
This year, the contest focused on the students' ideas for changing the world and the environment and Pittsburgh innovations.
Steeltown Entertainment Project will award more than $10,000 in prizes to the winning videos. Out of the $10,000, $2,000 will be given based on an online vote by the public. Voting runs through Tuesday. You can view these videos and vote at www.takeashotcontest.org.
The winners will be announced at 2 p.m. Sunday at the first "Take a Shot at Changing the World" Film Festival, at the Heinz History Center. This event is open to the public and free, but RSVP to Rachel@steeltown.org to guarantee a seat.moviesvideo
Alexa Bakalarski: email@example.com. First Published May 14, 2012 12:00 AM