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The state Department of Fire Services in conjunction with the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators (MaSAFE) and the MA Property Insurance Underwriting Association (MPIUA) are pleased to announce this year’s YouTubeTM High School Burn Awareness Video Contest!

This contest is a great way for young people to learn about the consequences of fires and burns without getting hurt and more importantly to teach their peers. There are too many internet videos that don’t show the true impact these injuries have.

Information for High School Teachers
High school communications 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 and 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.

Burn Awareness Video Contest
This contest is open to grade 9-12 students enrolled in Massachusetts’ schools and submissions must be from school-sponsored ELA or communications courses or sponsored extra-curricular groups. Communications teachers or faculty sponsors are required to review and approve all storyboards before filming starts. Videos are required to be one to three minutes long, explore burn prevention topics, be well researched, not demonstrating risky or unsafe behavior, and to be both educational and informative. This contest addresses learning standard components (Gr.9-10) SL.9-10.5, W.9-10.6, (Gr. 11-12) SL.11-12.5, and W.11-12.6 of the Massachusetts Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy. School districts offering communications classes, which include the design and creation of media productions, are encouraged to promote this contest through an independent or group assignment as part of its curriculum delivery.

Contest Rules and Scoring Rubric  pdf format of Contest Rules and Scoring Rubric

Contest Rules and Scoring Rubric

  • 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 ELA or communications courses or sponsored extra-curricular groups.
  • 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).

Prizes

The Grand Prize will be a digital video camera for the school, courtesy of the MA Property Insurance Underwriting Association (MPIUA), and members of the winning team will share $200 in gift cards from Best Buy™ from the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators (MaSAFE).

The Second Place team will share $100 in gift cards from Best Buy™ from MaSAFE.

The Third Place team will share $50 in gift cards from Best Buy™ from MaSAFE.

To see last years’ winning videos go to the DFS YouTube™ Channel.

Helpful Resource Links for the Contestants:

Department of Fire Services, click on Fire Safety Topics

National Fire Protection Association click on Safety Information

Safe Kids International

American Burn Association

Shriners Hospital For Children