Students can address unprecedented times in this year’s theme:”Explore the issue you most
want the president and new Congress to address in 2021″
Awarding 150 Student and 53 Teacher Prizes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2020 — Amidst the variety of new educational settings, C-SPAN’s StudentCam competition provides a unique opportunity for enrichment learning. This year, the competition’s 17th, we’re asking students to join the national conversation on the challenges our country is currently facing with the theme: “Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021.” In cooperation with our cable and satellite television partners, C-SPAN invites all middle and high school students to enter the documentary contest, which awards $100,000 in cash prizes.
The C-SPAN Education Foundation awards 150 student and 53 teacher prizes. The grand-prize winner will receive $5,000, and multiple cash prizes of $3,000, $1,500, $750 and $250 will be awarded to students in first, second and third places and honorable mention categories.
“StudentCam provides our nation’s youth with a platform to voice their opinions and concerns, whether they are in the classroom or learning online,” said Craig McAndrew, Director, C-SPAN Education Relations. “Considering the global pandemic, current political climate, and other matters affecting the country, we hope to hear from students as they think critically about issues that are important to them.”
- Middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) may compete individually or in teams consisting of two or three members. Documentaries must be the original work of students; however, teachers may provide guidance and critiques.
§ All documentaries must include C-SPAN video clips that support the chosen topic and are used effectively within the documentary.
§ StudentCam documentaries should comprehensively represent a variety of viewpoints related to the chosen topic, including those that may oppose the filmmakers’ points of view.
§ Documentaries must be between 5 and 6 minutes in length.
§ Entries must include sources, either in the end credits or an emailed works cited list.
§ Video submissions and entry forms can be uploaded directly online at www.studentcam.org.
- Deadline for students to submit entries is midnight PST, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.
The documentaries will be judged by a panel of C-SPAN representatives. High school students will compete on a regional level, with the U.S. divided into three regions: West, Central and East. Middle school students will be judged on a national basis. The grand-prize winner with the best overall entry will be selected nationally from both middle and high school entries.
Winners will be announced in March 2021, with the top winning videos to air on C-SPAN in April 2021. Competition details are available at www.studentcam.org.
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Pam McGorry, Education Program Senior Specialist
Robin Newton, Media Relations Specialist