Reaching high school teenagers with fire safety information can be a challenge. The Massachusetts Fire Marshal’s Office is up for the challenge as they announce the winners of their 5th annual YouTube® Burn Awareness Video Contest. The contest is hosted by the state Department of Fire Services, the Massachusetts Association of Safety and Fire Educators (MaSAFE), and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Using the power of YouTube, students are encouraged to create their own videos. They take on the roles of writers, actors, directors and producers. The project is coordinated through high school media teachers to help them reach their own educational goals while engaging students in a fun activity. Thirty-three teams representing twelve high schools participated in the contest this year. While all the videos were great, first place went to Millis High school for their video The Extinguisher; second place winners were from Norwood High School for Cooking Safety and third place winners were from Sharon High School for Allstate Mayhem Ad Parody.
The contest was open to grade 9-12 students. The project demonstrates how fire safety can be integrated into core standards such as English Language Arts. Congratulations to everyone participating in the contest. If you would like to learn how to implement a video project in your state, contact Jennifer Mieth.