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Plasticity is Great

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Can you roll with the punches? Do you easily adapt when life takes an unexpected turn? Like the reed that doesn’t break in a storm, flexibility allows us bend with the winds of change. Remember, though, it’s also good to know when to stand your ground!

Look at the seven words below. Choose one. Take a close look at the definition in the brief to craft a story that conveys the word’s definition. Then, make a video, one minute or less, that effectively and creatively teaches the meaning of the word you chose. Are you up to the challenge?

In this challenge, choose one of these seven words: plasticity, autonomy, malleable, inconsistency, transitional, impulsively, volatile.

Your video must:

  • Last no longer than one minute
  • Define only one word, using the definitions provided
  • Display, at appropriate points, the word, its part of speech and definition, and an example sentence

1. Plasticity (noun) - flexibility

Thought starter: The brain is a constantly changing organ. Every new experience increases its plasticity. A piece of chewing gum demonstrates plasticity when you blow a bubble. Create a short video that shows a group of friends making a sculpture with a substance known for its plasticity.

Pro-tip: Writers use plasticity to talk about people or things that respond to outside stimulation. The great plasticity of young children allows them to learn new languages more easily than adults.

2. Autonomy (noun) - independence

Thought starter: Do you think of yourself as someone who stands on his own two feet? If you take pride in doing things yourself, you value your autonomy. Make a video about a proud accomplishment that happened because of your autonomy.

Pro-tip: Writers use autonomy to describe people who are comfortable exercising their freedom as an individual. Many great leaders are known for their autonomy in making important decisions.

3. Malleable (adjective) - easily influenced or changed

Thought starter: Do you have friends who change their minds with every passing fad? Are their beliefs easily swayed by a persuasive argument? If so, their opinions are malleable. Make a video about a malleable person who can’t decide which candidate to vote for in a school election.

Pro-tip: Writers use malleable when describing people and things that change quickly and easily. A shocking or unfamiliar situation might make someone more malleable than they would be otherwise.

4. Inconsistency (noun) - difference, dissimilarity irregular occurrence

Thought starter: If someone tells a lie, you may notice because of an inconsistency in his story. How would you react if you discovered this? Create a one-minute video showing how a character responds when hearing a story filled with a strange and unexpected inconsistency.

Pro-tip: Writers use inconsistency when referring to surprising or contradictory events, statements, or happenings. An inconsistency in the weather might ruin plans for a relaxing picnic in the park.

5. Transitional (adjective) - moving from one thing to the next

Thought starter: Have you ever moved to a new place, or started going to a new school? Maybe you got a new job, and it took a while for you to get the hang of things. If so, for the first few weeks or months, you were in a transitional period. Create a short video about your triumphs and difficulties adjusting to a new situation during a transitional time.

Pro-tip: Writers use transitional to describe a temporary period of change before a more final result or outcome. Many people experience a transitional time just after they graduate college.

6. Impulsively (adverb) - suddenly acting on an urge

Thought starter: Do you make decisions suddenly? Do you do things at the drop of a hat? Perhaps acting impulsively has gotten you into trouble. Make a one-minute video about how people respond to the hasty actions of someone who acts impulsively at a party.

Pro-tip: Writers use impulsively to describe the action of doing something without taking time to think about it. A fearless mountain climber might impulsively decide to scale a tall peak alone.

7. Volatile (adjective) - unstable

Thought starter: Ever feel an emotion that you can’t quite control? Maybe you get angry for no good reason, and take it out on your friends (oops!). If so, these are volatile emotions. Make a one-minute video about someone who gets upset with a friend for a minor offense and has a volatile reaction.

Pro-tip: Writers use volatile to describe things that change drastically and quickly. A person who is quick to strong emotions is volatile; so is an active and unpredictable volcano.

Submission requirements:

In a video, no longer than 1 minute, you must:

  • Choose only one word from the list provided.
  • Clearly and accurately demonstrate the meaning, pronunciation and correct usage of the word using the definition provided.
  • Display the following as text on screen at appropriate points during your video:
    • The word and its part of speech (noun, adjective or verb).
    • The definition of the word.
    • The word used accurately in a sentence that describes the actions in your video.
  • Meet all official rules and requirements.

Key Dates:

  • May 28, 2014 – Contest opens
  • June 23, 2014 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • July 7, 2014 – Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • July 21, 2014 – Winners announced on the Project ED website

Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:

Videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:

  • Educational merit and accuracy: Your video achieves the educational goals presented in the contest brief and viewers learn intended material from your video.
  • Creativity and engagement: Your video presents educational content in a memorable way; viewers are compelled to watch the video to completion. Does your video convey its message in an artistic, creative and innovative way?
  • Quality of video production: Your video has high resolution and audio quality, effectively employs visual aesthetics and cinematography and demonstrates production skills.
  • Appropriate content: Your video does not contain indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, or offensive material.

In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken on the basis of the tied entrants’ scores in the “Educational merit and accuracy” criteria.

Prizes:

Prizes per contest vary. In most cases, a grand prize will be awarded to one video in the ‘Youth’ category and one in the ‘Adult’ category. All entries are categorized by age of the submitter. Submitters under the age of 18 are placed into the ‘Youth’ category and submitters 18 years or older are placed in the ‘Adult’ category. All prizes with the exception of the 'Viewer's Choice' award are chose by a panel of judges. In the case of winners under the age of 18, prizes will be awarded to a legal parent or guardian. Rules for each contest explain how and when we will notify you and the date the prizes will be announced. Prizes are awarded at Amplify’s discretion and are subject to the applicable district and school policies. Prizes for teachers may be awarded via DonorChoose.org.

Official Requirements:

  • The video’s creator must be 13 or over.
  • Entrants who are minors must obtain a parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter the contest.
  • You must use appropriate language and content.
  • You must properly clear and credit any source film clips, images, or locations you use. To verify winning entries, participants will be asked to submit proof of proper clearances.
  • You can only submit one entry per contest.
  • If you are employed by a school you must ensure your entry into this contest is in compliance with your institution’s policies.
  • Please carefully read the complete rules listed in the Contest Terms.

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