SMART Productions, Inc.
151 Covington Drive, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

2019 Telly Award Entry
Entry Type: Non-Broadcast / Education

SPARK 101 is a free, online teaching resource that empowers teachers to ignite their students’ interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Co-developed by educators and video production professionals, SPARK 101 case study videos expose students to real-world STEM work challenges and engage them in authentic STEM problem solving.

Each 10-minute case study video is designed using a three-segment format with pause points for student engagement. In segment 1, students make connections to prior knowledge and learn about a real-world problem they will be asked to solve. In segment 2, industry professionals explain how they were able to develop a workable solution for the problem. In segment 3, participants share their personal stories and offer advice about educational pathways and necessary skills needed to be successful in STEM-related careers.

We are submitting clips from several of our programs for you to view and judge. If you would like to see a case study in its entirety, please click on the link below the segment. We have also included a short promo video that describes the SPARK 101 program, and a sample anticipation spot that we use on social networks to steer educators toward newly-developed content.

SPARK 101 Promotional Video

"What is SPARK 101?"

This promotional video provides a brief overview of the SPARK 101 program, and features employers from Toyota Motor Manufacturing sharing their enthusiasm for this unique opportunity to connect with students.

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