During this year's International Science Festival, Staff from the Centre for Science Communication and a group of talented young woman from Queen's High School premiered a series of 'Pocket Films' about their views on global climate change. It was a fun-filled night and the students were very excited to see their final films on the big screen of St David's lecture theatre, University of Otago.
These films were part of a research project that explored the use “pocket filmmaking”—whereby media is captured and manipulated on a portable device—as a way to engage school children in science. In this MBIE funded project, the high school students were taught how to make and edit a film on an iPad, and they were then asked to produce two films: one on glaciers and climate change, and one on cats and biodiversity.
Armed with iPads, half the students travelled to the magnificent West Coast for a few days’ filming for their films and as a way for them to experience the glaciers. The other half of the students were also provided with iPads, as well as footage from the glaciers for them to use in their films. For the second film, we asked the student to translate the skills they’d learn to their own device and to make a second film.