Disasters happen - video competition for secondary students

My project is running a video competition for secondary school students.

The competition theme is relevant and important for everyone to know about - it is a great opportunity to demonstrate learning and produce a resource for an authentic audience...and potentially win an iPad mini. More information here and on the Disasters Happen flyer. I have also put together some disaster resources and videomaking resources.

Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested.

Here's the official media release:

Red Cross puts video challenge out to secondary school students

Australian Red Cross is inviting secondary school students to make a short film about disaster resilience, and enter the competition Disasters Happen – Lights, Camera, Action!
Students must draw on some of the six key messages in the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience to create a 60 second film demonstrating why it’s so crucial to learn disaster resilience. These messages include the importance of communities being connected, the need to be prepared and respond.
“The competition is an opportunity for students to unleash their creativity, learn about disaster resilience and show us in their films why it’s so important,” said Sally Randall-Simpson, Red Cross’s National Coordinator for Capacity Development.
“Engaging students in learning about disaster resilience is such an important part of building resilient communities. Not only do we better equip students to be prepared for and to cope with disasters, they share what they learn with their families and friends,” she said.
“The Disasters Happen video competition gives students and teachers an opportunity to have some fun while really thinking about and understanding the key tenants of resilience.”
The competition is part of Red Cross’ Educating the Educators program which aims to develop and promote disaster resilience education in the classroom. Red Cross has been working with the Attorney General’s department and sector organisations to promote the critical value of disaster resilience education in the Australian curriculum.
Red Cross has developed a range of resources including lesson plans, to support teachers to educate students about preparedness, response and recovery.
Videos can be filmed on any device, such as a smart phones or digital camera, so long as it can be submitted as a WAV, mp3 or mp4 file.
The winning video will be chosen by a committee of emergency experts from Australian Red Cross and the Australian Emergency Management Institute and will be published online to the Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub website.
The winner of the competition will also receive an iPad Mini, donated by Red Cross corporate partner, Lion Co.
The project is funded by the Attorney General’s Department through the National Emergency Management Projects program.
The competition is open until Friday 30 September 2013.
For more information on how to enter Red Cross’ Disasters Happen video competition please visit


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