Past Winners -To see past years’ winning videos go to the DFS YouTube™ Channel.
The 2013-14 YouTube™ High School Burn Awareness Video Contest is co-sponsored by the state Department of Fire Services, the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators (MA SAFE), and the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.
Information for High School Teachers
High school communications teachers are encouraged to have students in grades 9-12 develop 1-3 minute videos by December 22, 2013. Teachers should know that the contest addresses the Massachusetts Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy. Fire educators hope that students will engage in discovery learning using their own medium to understand the dangerous, life-long consequences of the misuse of fire to combat all the incorrect and incomplete information that exists on the Internet about fire and burns. Fire educators are encouraged to talk to their high schools about this contest.
- The video should be 1-3 minutes long exploring burn prevention topics.
- The video should include age appropriate material for a target audience of students in grades 9-12. Material should not demonstrate risky or otherwise unsafe behavior. Fire can only be depicted in the video through royalty-free stock footage or other creative means, but not through images recorded by students as part of this contest.
- It should be both educational and informational. So many YouTube™ videos show risky behavior but never tell the “rest of the story”.
- All videos should be well researched.
- We are accepting entries ONLY from school-sponsored communications courses or sponsored extra-curricular groups.
- Communications teachers or faculty sponsors must review and approve all storyboards before filming starts.
- Students are strongly encouraged to contact Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) officers, public fire and life safety educators or burn and fire professionals and survivors to help with their research.
- There can be multiple entries from the same school or program, as students may wish to work in small groups or teams on the project. Students on a winning team will share the prize.
- Videos should be in one of these YouTube compatible formats: Windows Media Video (.WMV); .AVI (windows), .MOV (mac); .MPEG; .FLV (adobe flash); .or SWF (shockwave flash).
The Grand Prize will be a digital video camera for the school and members of the winning team will share $200 in gift cards from Best Buy™. Courtesy of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators.
The Second Place team will share $100 in gift cards from Best Buy™. Courtesy of the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators.
The Third Place team will share $50 in gift cards from Best Buy™. Courtesy of the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators.