6-8, 9-12

World of 8 Billion video contest

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SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies

Home to the annual ‘World of 8 Billion’ (previously the ‘World of 7 Billion’) student video contest. The contest challenges students to create a short video that connects human population growth with one other global topic, and offer their idea for a sustainable solution. Thousands of students from around the world participate every year, developing 21st century skills and tackling real-world challenges in the process.

The site offers many teacher-friendly materials and student-friendly resources for support, including a topic briefs, a project organizer, filming tips and more.

Features of This Resource

  • Student contest winners receive up to $1,200 in prize money
  • Lessons plans are provided that cover the contest topics, making for easy classroom implementation
  • Library of past student videos are fun and inspiring for peers to watch

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