The Digital Storytelling project aims to reach out to the students of Natural Bridges High School and Green Career Center by establishing a film and digital media class through the IDEASS program. These high school students will gain knowledge about documentary film composition as well as basic film and editing technique. The students will also have the opportunity to learn about sustainability in the context of science, technology, math, and engineering through their research for their film projects. By doing so, the students at Natural Bridges can connect with what is going on in their community of Santa Cruz and how sustainable practices affect them.
Also in association with IDEASS and Digital Storytelling, a group of UCSC Film students will be gathering footage on other projects under the IDEASS program that they document. They then bring their material to a small team of high school Digital Storytelling students at Natural Bridges to collaborate and craft a documentary film together. The objective is to get the students at Natural Bridges to collaborate with UCSC Film students in order to broaden their critical thinking on sustainability, film narratives, and collaborative work. This will be measured through analyzing data gathered in recorded interviews, or SoundCloud diaries, which we will conduct with the students.
Metrics for Success:
The SoundCloud interviews should show growth in the knowledge of sustainability and confidence in the language they use involving filmmaking and STEM.
The films, while not expected to be professional or polished in any way, should accurately depict the engagement of the students and their interaction with learning about the IDEASS programs.
Documenting the IDEASS projects and Natural Bridges projects involved with Digital Storytelling:
Rainwater Catchment - Issue of the California drought and the possible solution of rainwater catchment
Zero Motorcycles New Packaging System - Issue of developing more sustainable shipping containers. Overall green business practice
Off-Grid Solar Lanterns - Issue of creating better access to sustainable forms of energy in rural areas
Digital Storytelling and the Youth of NBHS - Issue of the direct impact and potential of teaching digital storytelling to the youth.
Student PSAs relating to the IDEASS documentaries
There will also be interviews of the students about their education and experiences with Digital Storytelling. These interviews will be archived on SoundCloud.