Everyday Science Stories with Adobe Premiere Rush

Students create a video clip that tells a story of how STEM plays a role in our everyday lives
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About This Strategy

This 1- to 2-hour strategy asks students to produce a 30-second video exploring the everyday relevance of science in their lives. In addition to demonstrating understanding of a STEM concept, the activity also aims to increase student interest in STEM and support the growth of STEM identity. The strategy is designed for Adobe Premiere Rush, but students could also use Adobe Spark Video or Premiere Pro.  

Adobe Premiere Rush enables students to easily organize imagery to form a linear visual argument. This strategy requires students to think quickly, critically and creatively to identify a set of images that can visually communicate their ideas.  

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Premiere Rush
  • Adobe Spark Video
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

60 - 120 minutes

Introduce. 

Students are provided a prompt for a STEM concept and an image of an everyday event or object (or they can be allowed to select their own). (5 minutes)

Brainstorm. 

Students follow the steps here to list as many words or phrases as possible that link them together. This step could be modified to be a group activity and/or as pre-activity contributions made via an online discussion board. (10 minutes)


Curate. 

Students search for online images and/or video clips that visually represent the ideas on the checklist developed in the previous step. Adobe Stock images are integrated into Spark if that tool is selected for the activity. (20 minutes) 

Organize.

Students develop their visual narrative using the steps here. (15 minutes)

Write. 

Students write a script for their video that aligns with their selected imagery. (30 minutes)

Produce. 

Students create and edit the video using Premiere Rush. (30 minutes)

Share.

Students publish/submit and share their work with the class. (varies)

Steps for Students

You will make a 30- to 60-second video clip that tells a story of how STEM plays a role in our everyday lives using Adobe Premiere Rush.  In this fast-paced activity, you will brainstorm ideas for how these two ideas are related, and tell that story in an entertaining and engaging video. 

Adobe Premiere Rush empowers you to assemble audio, video, and graphical elements using features such as multi-track overlays to produce a professional-looking video. 

Steps:

1. Review the full assignment and rubric to make sure that you understand the importance of storytelling, scientific accuracy, and communication in this assignment.  Reflect on the image prompt and STEM concept you are given (or select these items if you are instructed to choose your own).  (5 minutes)

2. Brainstorm ways that you could relate the image and STEM concept provided. Remember that you will need to make sure that you communicate the following:

  • An explanation or definition of what the STEM concept is.

  • Examples of the relevance of the STEM concept to everyday life/

  • An engaging story (e.g., impassioned, funny, informative, etc.).

As you brainstorm, write your ideas down as a list of bullet points for each of the items above.  After you have completed your brainstorming, consider whether you could group any of the points under each  item together because they represent similar ideas. (10 minutes)

3. Search online to see if you can locate an image or video that reflects or symbolizes each bullet point from your list. You do not need to find an image for every bullet point, but you should make sure that you have found sufficient imagery to allow you to define the STEM concept and relate it to everyday life in a way that incorporates the original image prompt.  Locating 3-4 images may be enough to tell your story, but find as many as you can in the allotted time to give you flexibility in the next step.  

When looking online, try searching for sites that provide royalty free media, such as Pexels.  If you have time you may also want to locate some royalty free audio. (20 minutes)

4. Review the imagery you have collected and select a few key images and their associated bullet points from step 2 that you will use to tell your story.  In this process you should be thinking about how you will organize your ideas and imagery to tell a clear, coherent, and concise story. (15 minutes)

5. Create a storyboard to lay out the ideas in your video and/or write a script that you will use to narrate your video.  This is the story that you will tell.  Remember that your video can only be 30- to 60- seconds, so you will need to be thoughtful about exactly what to say.  You should organize your script into sections so that it is clear what text you will narrate for each image.  If you want to add text to your slides, you should also decide exactly what words or phrases to add and include these in your outline.  (30 minutes)

6. Produce your video in Adobe Premiere Rush by organizing the imagery along the timeline.  Add text and transitions in ways that support your storytelling.  Use the “voiceover” feature in Rush to narrate your script with the content that you have collected. (30 minutes)

For guidance on using Adobe Premiere Rush, follow these steps.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

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