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Environmental Films...A Project Based Learning Opportunity

MCPS Outdoor Environmental Education Programs is collaborating with the American Film Institute and American University’s School of Communication Film and Media Arts Department to offer a great opportunity: the Environmental Film Festival!  This is an authentic, project-based learning unit that starts early in the academic year with student questions about an environmental issue that stir their curiosity and passion.  

Through the course of six months, students

  • conduct a thorough investigation of their selected issue  which integrates the content indicators 
  • develop a timeline for completion of a media presentation
  • learn to use technology – cameras, filming techniques, sound and film editing, etc., to create their final presentation   

The project culminates with a student created environmental documentary, public service announcement (PSA), or animated product. Benefits for students include student engagement in a project that integrates science, technology, social studies, and language instruction to increase academic achievement.  Final products will be aired in the spring at AFI, and will also be sent to ITV to be broadcast in the spring.



MCPS Environmental Film Festival Guidelines and Overview 2016

Judges Report and Rubric for Films



Sample Student Films



Questions? Contact Brian Shilling