Chemistry and Film

Teacher: Josh Wickline, chemistry

School: Talent Unlimited High School

Project Goal(s): Utilize video-making to provide students with multiple entry points for understanding and explaining physical science concepts.

Description of Activities

Students worked in small groups to brainstorm ideas for short videos that would creatively explain key concepts from the chemistry curriculum. (i.e. illustrate ionic bonds through the story of a high school love triangle). Videos had to be narrative but include a clear explanation of the relevant science. Groups created a shot list and production schedule, shot and edited short videos that were then collected on a private Vimeo channel for Regents review.

ETA funds were used for an iMac and Apple TV.


"The best thing that happened during my project was that students were able to connect to chemistry through media that they valued, understood, and wanted to excel in. Because I held all groups to the task of staying true to the science, the students had to interpret the concepts through an artistic medium, and learned more as a result."

At the link below, you'll be able to view all of the video files the students created:

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Evaluation Rubric