Students at Baker Middle School in Troy, Michigan, engaged in the process of filmmaking during art and science class. Art students researched an artist and created a video to highlight the artist's work and life. Science students used stop-frame animation to create a video that explained a specific science concept.
Their instructors Linda Gealy and Laura Glish were recipients of a $10,000 Toyota TAPESTRY grant through the National Science Teacher's Association. This grant allowed Baker Middle School to purchase digital video camcorders and computers for video editing.
The process of creating a video allowed students to learn valuable skills that they can utilize throughout high school and into the work force. Students went beyond the level of learning in which they simply memorize facts. They extended their learning to that of synthesis in that they had to learn about their topic, and determine a way to present their information so their peers would pay attention to their message.
A film festival was held at the end of the year to show off the students’ works.
The students' films are currently showing online at StudentFilmmakers.com and have been entered in the Chimera 25th Anniversary Digital Video Student Film Contest.
Bottom of the Ninth, is a 4-minute educational short film by Kyle Leach explaining the physics of baseball.
Man Meets Magnet, is a 3-minute educational short film by Kora Kopieniak providing a fictional reflection of the discovery of magnetism.
StuffBusters, by Kyle Dayak is a 4-minute parody of the TV show Mythbusters which looks at Newton's Laws.
Peter's Grand Adventure, by Tom Davis explains how friction helps a skateboarder.
Billy Bob learns a real-life application of balanced and unbalanced forces as he travels to school in The Adventures of Billy Bob, by Emily Mohney.
Dung Wung's Great Adventure, is a 5-minute educational short by Blake Jendrusch.
About Laura Glish
Laura Glish is a Science and Computer Instructor at Baker Middle School in Troy, Michigan. She teaches 8th Grade Physical Science, Introduction to Computers, Computer Applications 1 & 2, and Video Technology 05-06. She is a 2005 TAPS award recipient, 2004 Best Buy te@ch award recipient, and 2004 Toyota Tapestry award recipient.
About Baker Middle School
Baker Middle School - A great place to learn and grow! Located at 1291 Torpey Drive in Troy, Michigan.