Stream Team Announces Earth Day Video Contest

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Stream Team provides free quality environmental education programs, activities and hands-on projects including their latest video contest open to middle and high school students in Thurston County. Photo courtesy: Stream Team

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Attention all middle and high school students! Stream Team is excited to sponsor the Earth Day Lights, Camera, Action for Clean Water – Video Contest. The grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card for their efforts.

The contest runs through March 29 at 5 p.m. and is open to all middle and high school students residing in Thurston County, including homeschool students.

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TCTV 2019 (Pre-Covid 19) Photo courtesy: Stream Team

Contestants are invited to create a video showcasing actions that help protect local streams, lakes or Puget Sound from stormwater pollution.  Students may enter entirely on their own or join forces with friends and create their video as part of a team.

Creativity and originality are highly encouraged as well as displaying a powerful message for each video. Ideas for videos should stem from one of the Stream Team’s Actions for Clean Water. These actions include natural yard care, car washing, pet waste, car leaks, and planting native plants. To elaborate on these clean water actions, consider fun ways to document being a responsible pet owner by picking up pet waste; checking for and fixing vehicle leaks; taking cars to a commercial car wash instead of washing them at home; or other actions that keep pollution out of streams and Puget Sound.

Video submissions can take many different forms and genres such as comedy, music video, clay-mation, stop motion animation, or mini-documentary, to name a few. If students are in need of some inspiration, head to the official contest webpage where sample videos are available to watch.

Are you a student that needs help creating a video?

Sign-up for a TCTV video class! Thurston Community Media is excited to partner with Stream Team to offer the iOS March 5th class. This class will cover how to effectively create visually driven films with iOS devices and explore best production techniques for Stream Team’s Actions for Clean Water contest. In this workshop, students will learn about basic narrative storytelling practices and the filmmaking process from production to post-production using apps such as MoviePro, Pinnacle Pro, and Garageband. Scholarships are available! For more information call TCTV at 360-956-3100.

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Youth can choose from several topics, whichever one they are most passionate about, including taking cars to commercial washers or washing your car on the lawn instead of washing them in the street. Photo courtesy: Stream Team

Top entries will be featured on Stream Team’s website and social media platforms and will be showcased on TCTV! The grand prize winner will be announced on Earth Day, April 22. The winning entries will also receive gift cards with first place receiving a $100 gift card, second place a $75 gift card, third place a $50 gift card, and two honorable mentions that will receive a $25 gift card each. Plus, all the video entry winners will earn bragging rights for years to come!

“Puget Sound is in trouble and needs our help,” says Susan M., Stream Team Coordinator. “This video contest gives students a chance to show how important clean water is to all of us and how pollution affects local streams and Puget Sound. Unhealthy water hurts people and wildlife in a variety of ways and can create long-term problems for future generations.”

So, middle school and high school students, put your creativity on full display and demonstrate to others how simple actions can help keep pollution out of our water and Puget Sound!

Before entering, please read the fine print. Video submissions must be no longer than three minutes in length and include an official entry form accompanied by either a Minor Waiver of Liability or an Adult Waiver of Liability form for each student. (Available to download from Stream Team’s website.). Before getting started, be sure to read the complete contest rules and guidelines.

Questions? Email StreamTeam@ci.lacey.wa.us or visit the Stream Team website to learn more about Actions for Clean Water and for contest entry guidelines. This contest is funded thanks to the Stormwater Utilities of City of Lacey, City of Olympia, Thurston County, and City of Tumwater

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