Video challenge asks students to show creativity

Maine’s middle- and high-school students have a challenge on their hands: Show what you’re doing with your creative capabilities when you leave your art or music classroom.

The first WatchMECreate challenge of the 2011-12 academic year asks students to create a three-minute video response to the following prompt: “Show us how the arts have moved, or could move, beyond the music rooms, beyond the art room, beyond the theater, beyond the darkroom, beyond the expected spaces to help students like you make their school or their community a better place for all.”

WatchMECreate is a collaborative effort among the Maine Department of Education’s Maine Learning Technology Initiative, the Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine, and the Maine Alliance for Arts Education.

This fall’s challenge is called WatchMEUseTheArts, and is open to students in grades seven through 12.

The submission deadline for videos is Dec. 15. Winners will be announced Jan. 17, 2012.

The middle- and high-school teams with the winning submissions for their age group will each receive $500 to use for a school initiative focused on advancing creativity. Each student team member will receive an iPod nano.

Information about the challenge and submitting video entries is available at http://watchmecreate.org. Email watchmecreate@me.com with questions.