Last year, while I received some excellent posters (which were required so they couldn’t just put together boring PowerPoints), I wasn’t thrilled by the idea of watching 58 three minute presentations. So, I put a twist into the presentation. Rather than making a poster, I required all of them to make a one minute Animoto video about their research sort of as a 1 minute commercial of what they learned. At first, there were a lot of “a whole minute?? How am I going to find enough to fill it?” which the next day turned into “You have to extend it to 2 minutes! I have so many great things I don’t want to cut out.” For many of the topics, the video idea failed. The topics were too technical and the students didn’t have a good focus for their research. But, some of the kids really amazed me at what they put together. I have included three of my favorites below. I liked them mostly because of their cleverness: the right music, the right background, the right combination of pictures and text. I don’t share student work often (which I will change next school year), but here is some of what my students put together. Enjoy!
Creating Meat in a Lab
Enhancing Food with Science