STEM TV: Taking TV to the Masses with Adobe Premiere Rush

Students explore a STEM topic in an engaging “TV show” format
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About This Strategy

In this 5-hour group term project, students explore a STEM topic in an engaging “TV show” format.  The assignment is built on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which emphasizes multiple means for Engagement, Representation, and Expression. Students pursue a variety of modalities for construction of the assignment; the final product is a 5- to 10-minute video created using Adobe Premiere Rush or Adobe Premiere Pro.

Premiere Rush enables students to easily create and edit video content.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Premiere Rush

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Editable Resource Bundle

  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

300 minutes

Introduce.

Explain to students that they will form groups to produce a TV show for the “STEM TV Network” as a term project (you may want to set up a YouTube channel). Emphasize the two primary goals noted in the student steps here

Review the rubric and emphasize that creativity counts. (30 minutes)

Proposal.

Students use these steps to prepare a proposal and group work contract. Encourage students to tailor roles that allow them to challenge and express themselves, while ensuring that they are engaged across the project. (60 minutes)

Research Notes.

Students follow these steps as they research and prepare a short (2-5 pg) research report.  Be specific in your expectations for what type of sources will be allowed in your course (e.g., primary literature only, websites, etc.) and specify a minimum number of sources that will be required for the project. (5+ hours)

Script.

Students prepare a script, detailed outline, or storyboard for their video.  This should be reviewed to ensure that the students have included sufficient science content in their video to meet course expectations. (3-5 hours)

Produce.

Students prepare the video to meet the artistic vision they have proposed. (5+ hours)

Steps for Students

In this group term project your team will create a show for the fictional "STEM TV" network. Your goal is to accurately present a STEM topic in a novel and engaging way using Adobe Premiere Rush.  You should approach this activity as a major research project, but your final product should be both informative and highly entertaining.  This assignment therefore places a high value on creativity.   

Premiere Rush is a good choice for assembling a series of video clips with some basic editing.  If you want to take your production to the next level, step it up and try using Premiere Pro, which is professional video production software.

Steps:

1. Learn about the requirements for this major group project and make sure that you have a good understanding of the expectations. Your goal in this project is to inform an audience about your research topic, just like you would for a term paper, but you will do so in the context of producing a TV show. In other words, you must deliver your project through an interesting and engaging video. For example, you might consider making your “TV show” as a documentary, parody, telenovela, music video, public service announcement, news broadcast, or any other appropriate format to play for a public audience on the “STEM TV Network”.  (30 minutes)

Remember that two primary goals that need to be met in this assignment are:

  1. research and communicate a STEM topic to a depth equivalent to that required for an intensive term paper, and

  2. be exceptionally creative in devising a strategy to present your research in a novel and entertaining way.

Make sure to review and understand the rubric before moving forward.  

2. Your group will develop a written proposal for this project. Your proposal should include: (60 minutes)

  1. A description of the research topic your group will investigate (½ page).

  2. An explanation of the creative concept you are planning to use in the video (½ page).

  3. A clear and concise statement of the audience, purpose, and message that your video will target (1 paragraph).

  4. A work contract detailing the roles and responsibilities for each group member (no limit).

The work contract should be as detailed as possible so that everyone’s role and responsibilities are clearly defined and expectations are consistent across the group members. It is suggested that you define who will take the leadership role for major tasks on the project, such as research, writing, content generation, editing, etc. While each group member can contribute to multiple tasks, the task leader is responsible for coordinating that work.  You should also be explicit about the amount of time that each person will contribute to the project.  Keep in mind that different people may take different roles on this project to match their interests and strengths.  For example, some team members may place a greater emphasis on research, whereas others might spend more time writing, or editing the video.  Regardless, everyone on the team should contribute at least 10% of their time on the project to each of the topic research, writing/editing of the script, and the filming and production of the video.  

Your instructor will review the work contract to make sure that it is acceptable and it will be used as a reference against which each group member’s grade will be determined. Talk with your instructor for more specific details about how they will grade this project.

3. Research the topic of your video, just like you would for a term project. This means obtaining references that support your arguments. After completing your research, you will write a short (i.e., 2-5 page) group status report updating your instructor on your progress. The report should include two components: (5+ hours)

  1. Annotated bibliography: Provide a list of references from your research that you will use to inform your video’s content.  Under each reference in the list, provide a set of bullet points that provide one or more key ideas that you learned from that source. 

  2. Research summary: Write a half page to full page summary that organizes and synthesizes your research findings into a coherent narrative that expresses the major themes and ideas that will be communicated through the final video.

4. Develop a script for your TV show based on the creative idea you proposed and the research that you have completed. You should pay specific attention to making sure that the STEM research you completed “makes sense” in the context of the story you will tell in your video. Some strategies to help your group with this step may include: (3-5 hours)

  • Group brainstorming on ideas for story elements that will integrate your research into the narrative.

Develop a team storyboard that highlights the content you will share in each scene of your video.

  • Create a shared Google Doc (or other document that you can simultaneously edit) and have each team member write one section of the script. Then rotate so that each team member edits a section they did not write. Keep rotating until everyone has had a change to contribute to each section of the script.

5. Produce your video!  This may require you to film scenes, edit existing content, create narrations, or develop graphic or animated content.  This is where you can really let your creative juices flow, so have fun with it! (5+ hours)

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' videos.