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Announcing The 2018 Dataseam Sci-Fi Project – Rules, Prizes, Dates

This is a great opportunity for students to apply knowledge and imagination in order to create a new world; sound the alarm on the future; or solve today’s problems. Students are challenged to create a movie, original piece of art, or written example of science fiction.

Imagination is a powerful tool for any scientist, inventor or leader. Imagination opens the mind to alternate ways of approaching real-world problems.

Prizes.  Winners of each category (Movie, Writing, Art) and each grade group (5-8 and 9-12) receive a $200 Apple Card to purchase equipment, videos, music and more.  Honorable Mention winners receive a $50 Apple Card.  Individual or team receives one prize.

 

Your Assignment  Decide what you want to say. Develop the characters, the setting, the conflict, and the resolution. Choose the media to best tell your story.

Movie.  Film should be 7-10 minutes in length including titles, credits and any additional outtakes. There is no limit to number of characters, scenes or locations for your film. Opening title should include 1) Film Name, 2) Production Team Name, 3) “A Dataseam Sci-Fi Project Film. Submit “mp4” video format with upload limit of 300 MB file size.  (Larger size may be accepted, info@kydataseam.com)

Writing.  Can include short story, personal narrative or screen play. 500-800 words. May include photographs or illustrations that count toward awesomeness points. Submit as one PDF with upload limit of 300 MB file size.

Visual Art.  Produce a photo, drawing or other type of two-dimension artwork that tells a story. Must include 100-150 word caption describing inspiration and context for the image. Submit as one PDF with upload limit of 300 MB file size.

Dataseam Sci-Fi Project Rules

Judging – Each piece will be scored by judges based on the following criteria.

  1. 30% Creativity. How well do you use characters, setting, conflict and resolution to tell the story.
  2. 30% Production Quality. How well do you use the media to tell your story? How well have you used editing, music, sound, and camera? How well do your words capture the reader. Is your art balanced and visually impactful?
  3. 30% Makes us think. How have you helped society look at a topic differently? How have you captured the viewer and made them think about our world, our technology, our place in the universe or our place on the block?
  4. 10% Awesomeness. Extra credit because it has that much awesomeness.

Original Content – Students should create all work including story ideas, scripts, storyboards, shooting, editing and post-production. Teams should not infringe on third party (images, video, music). Legal, limited use of third party images, sound is allowed.

Space Theme – Stories, video and writings must be rooted in some aspect of space. It can be far away planets in deep space, satellites and space stations, or deal with alien cultures that visit our planet.  The sky is the limit.

Real Science – While we encourage you to envision new and alternate realities, your piece should be grounded in fundamentally sound science. You may imagine “new” discoveries or inventions that change what we assume to be true.

Eligibility – Competition is open to students attending school in Kentucky. Project judged and prizes awarded in two grade groups, 5-8 and 9-12. You must compete in the grade you are attending at time of submission.  Open to individual or team.

Submission – All entries must be submitted using the online portal (HERE) After February 15. Follow the instructions on the submission page. We strongly suggest that you test the upload capabilities from your school or location prior to the deadline. Mark the project “TEST” in the subject field.

Any questions contact, info@kydataseam.com.

Program Dates

Program kickoff January 15, 2018

Submission Deadline March 1, 2018 (midnight local time)

Winners announced via website March 15, 2018

DataseamScholars at Morehead State University – video

Morehead State University and Dataseam have partnered to provide students, passionate about majoring in science, technology, engineering or math to pursue their dreams at Morehead State University.  This includes degrees from the MSU Space Science Program and those wanting to teach these subjects in K-12.  As a Kentucky DataseamScholar at Morehead State University  you will receive a scholarship valued at the cost of tuition for fall and spring semesters of enrollment.  This is a renewable scholarship for your four years at MSU.   Check out all MSU scholarship opportunities today.  Application deadline for the DataseamScholars program is March 15, 2018.

 

 

 

 

DataseamScholars at the University of Louisville – Apply Today

The DataseamScholars Program offers students from Participating Dataseam School Districts an opportunity to pursue and pay for college education in high-paying growth jobs. Explore the education programs at the University of Louisville today.  Take advantage of the ways to cover student costs, including the DataseamScholars Program.

DataseamScholars at the University of Louisville receive a $2,000 per year renewable scholarship to pursue studies in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math studies.

Application deadline is January 8, 2018.

The University of Louisville is a state-supported research university located in Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses seven of the university’s 12 colleges and schools.

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week, December 4 thru 10

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week December 4-10, we’ve released a new Hour of Code challenge in Swift Playgrounds for iPad. In this new challenge, students can use logic and Swift code to build The Incredible Code Machine. They can still choose last year’s challenge with Byte and friends to learn the basics of coding. Both are fun ways to explore teaching, writing, and learning code.

Schools can host their own Hour of Code event in class or after school by downloading the Swift Playgrounds app and Hour of Code Facilitator Guide. Teachers can also sign up for a Today at Apple coding session at their local Apple Store. We encourage everyone to share their unique creations with @AppleEDU on Twitter using #EveryoneCanCode.

In addition, Apple has updated the Everyone Can Code curriculum with new app design and prototyping activities for elementary, middle, and high school students. The Learn to Code teacher guides for middle schools feature new lessons with robots, drones, and other devices. The App Development with Swift curricula for high schools have been updated for Xcode 9 and Swift 4. You can download these updated resources from the iBooks Store.

Information provided by Apple.

Professional Level Performance is the Result of Professional Level Practice

(Danville, Ky) – People who get better at any skill, do so through carefully designed purposeful practice. Purposeful practice focuses students on their learning zone, and develops a life-long learning attitude-a different way of learning.
We had the  opportunity to work with small groups of students in a Governor’s School for the Arts, photography ArtShops. The challenge was, how do you help the students improve their skills in just a few hours? More importantly how do you enable the students to take this short workshop experience and run with it the rest of their lives?
The four step design of our  GSA ArtShops target the goal of purposeful practice . Let’s consider the details.
 
Establishing Current Capability
The first step in designing purposeful practice was to identify specific skills the students needed to take better photos. Our students brought portfolios of their current work for evaluation. We set benchmarks of where the students were so we could decide where we wanted to take them.
Setting Goals
Three learning zones were considered when designing the student goals.
  1. Goals that were already mastered would have been in the student’s comfort zone.
  2. Goals too challenging would have put the students in their panic zone.
  3. Knowing where the benchmarks were, we set some goals just beyond their current performance levels. This was that magical zone where students push forward and learn best. Their learning zone.

With our goals in mind we introduced a discussion of concepts in lighting, composition, camera angles, leading lines, etc., that the students could use to improve their photography.

Our BASICS OF PHOTOGRAPHY video, and Keynote presentation (a Powerpoint version is also available) can be downloaded.
Hands on practice
The students were given a photographic assignment in their learning zone. We asked them to produce purposeful images, using the concepts and techniques we discussed. They were asked to be prepared to show their techniques later in a critique session. We accompanied them during their hands on practice, looking for teaching moments. This way we could observe and identify points of difficulty, gently providing guidance.
Critical review
Feedback was so important as we reviewed the work that the students produced. More importantly, the review included how to continue improving the images. Where to get help and what to do next.
Specific questions helped the students analyze what they saw in the images. What do you like? What captures your attention? Were specific compositional/lighting techniques used to create the images? Where do your eyes focus? Is there a mood captured? How will you use what you have observed in this image to improve your future images?
At this point, the students began to design their own purposeful practice. We stressed a model of deliberate, highly structured practice, with specific goals for each student to take with them. The discussions were carefully guided to enable the students to become “their own best critic”.
Review of purposeful practice
Purposeful practice starts by identifying what you want to accomplish.  Set goals that are just beyond current performance levels.  This is your learning zone.
Don’t work in your comfort zone, or your panic zone.  Work in your learning zone until you master the goals.  Seek feedback from experts. Blogs, podcasts, videos, classes, coaching, etc.,  are great sources.
Be your own best critic.  Never give up!  Be a life long learner!
Additional information and registration for GSA ARTSHOPS.