Recording Ocean with iPhone

This fall, The Redford Center is launching REDFORD CENTER STORIES, a program designed to build youth environmental leadership through interactive learning and collaborative storytelling.

Redford Center Stories is an environmental storytelling contest for middle school teachers in iPad-equipped classrooms who want to build youth environmental literacy and leadership.

Young people today are really driving the climate action movement, and they’re moving the conversation in the right direction. Did you read about the Iowa caucus poll about candidates and the climate threat? Or the young conservatives calling on their party to take climate action?

Redford Center believes this project invites the kind of positive ingenuity and teamwork to get more youth—and teachers and parents—excited and involved in these efforts.

Deadline for teachers to submit their student teams’ videos is 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2020. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2020.


Contest Theme: Reimagining Materials Production, Use and Waste

This year’s contest curriculum challenges students to learn two distinct models of materials production, use and waste—The Linear Economy vs. The Circular Economy—and invites them to creatively produce a solutions-forward story.


The Highlights:

  • For the pilot year of this program, Redford Center is inviting 6th, 7th and 8th grade teachers with iPad-equipped classrooms to sign their classes up to participate.
  • Teams of 3-4 students will collaboratively create 30-90 second video—with Apple’s free Clips software—based on this year’s contest theme: reimagining materials use, production and waste.(see below)
  • The free Contest Curriculum, which satisfies Next Generation Science Standards, is designed as a supplement to scheduled learning in Earth Science, Environmental Science, Ecology, Economics or other established courses that touch upon environmental topics and issues.
  • All contest prizes are courtesy of 4Ocean, an environmental enterprise committed to ending the ocean plastic crisis; and Donors Choose Gift Cards will be given teachers with prize-winning teams.

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