How it works

Middle and high school students will complete the “IWitness Video Challenge” Activity on the IWitness website. The Activity challenges them to increase their understanding of digital and media literacy, deepen their critical thinking, and promote positive social change in their community and in the world. Teachers will also find that the activity works in a wide variety of classes and addresses the following standards: Common Core and ISTE NETS

Teachers, together with their students, will select a winning video from each class. These winning videos will be sent to a regional judging panel. The winning video from each region will then move on to the national judging panel.

To learn more about signing up for the Challenge and setting up your IWitness group or class, go to Getting Started.

Key Dates

  1. Last day to submit your class winning entry is May 13, 2016.
  2. Regional judging will be completed and winners announced on or around June 3, 2016.
  3. National judging will be completed and the national winner announced on the IWitness website on or around June 10, 2016.

How to get involved

Completion of the Challenge

  • Educators enter their students in the Challenge by having them complete the IWitness Video Challenge Activity.
  • The completion period runs from January 13, 2016 through May 13, 2016. Students can complete the Activity during that time, but final submissions of the winning class entry must be made no later than May 13, 2016.
  • Students can only complete the Challenge once per school year, through an IWitness group/class established by their Educator.
  • Educators may enter more than one group/class in a semester or term, but the group/class must include multiple students.

Submission and Judging

  • Educators will identify the winning video from their class/group and submit that for judging at the regional level by May 13, 2016.
  • Judging will be done according to the Judging Score Sheet provided in the activity (teachers should use that when making their decision).
  • Regional winners will be notified by IWitness and forwarded to the national judging panel.


Judging will be done according to the Judging Score Sheet that is included in the activity. Educators are encouraged to use the same format to identify the winning entry in their class.

Regional Panels

  • Student entries will be organized by the following regions:
    • Region I: (Northeast): CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, NJ, NY, PA
    • Region II: (Midwest): IL, IN, MI, OH, WI, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD
    • Region III: (South): DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV, AL, KY, MS, TN, AR,LA, OK, TX
    • Region IV (West): AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY, AK, CA, HI, OR, WA
    • Region V: Canada (excluding the province of Quebec)
  • Based on results of Round 1 Regional judging, the two (2) highest scoring entries from each of the five (5) regions will move on to Round 2 Finals judging.
  • Regional winners will be adjudicated by the National Judging Panel.

National Panel

  • A national panel will select one national winner.


First prize = $5,000 scholarship
Second prize = $1,000 scholarship
Third prize = $500 scholarship

$1,000 Grant

$2,500 Grant