ConnectHER: Make a Film, Make a Difference
3 Teams: 1 Story
Hosted by: ConnectHER
Visit our Booth:
- Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
- Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
- Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
- Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 7th, 8th
- Watch the 5-minute student-made film "3 Teams: 1 Story" below. The film is from the ConnectHER Film Festival, an annual event in which students aged 25 and under submit 3-6 minute original films focused on critical women’s issues.
- Pick an environmental problem that affects women and girls and think about how you would make your own 3-6 minute film about it. How would you find ideas about ways to solve this problem? Briefly describe your approach and write down the first three steps you would take to begin your project.
- Learn more below about making and submitting your film. To date, we've received over 1,000 original films from over 40 countries and have awarded selected winners more than $150,000 in scholarships. We'd love to see what you create!
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics?
Gender stereotypes discourage women and girls from pursuing studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math: The average salary for STEM jobs is $87,570, nearly double the national average wage for non-STEM jobs. The two STEM fields with the most high-quality jobs are engineering and computer technology. Female and male students actually perform equally well in mathematics and science on standardized tests, but women make up just 14 percent of engineers, and 26% of workers in computer technology. At today's graduation rates, only 30% of computer science jobs will be filled by U.S.-trained workers. We could make up that difference by encouraging more women to work in these high-paying fields.
Student filmmakers have the power to become advocates for these women, raising awareness and attracting essential funding and resources through the power of film. Today, anyone with a passion and a phone can become a filmmaker. Identifying gender inequality in your community and drafting a plan on how you might shine a light on that inequality is a powerful first step to making a meaningful difference.
"3 Teams: 1 Story" is a student-made documentary interviewing the leads of three different all-girls FIRST Robotics Competition teams. The film explores what it's like to be a girl in STEM.
Questions to consider:
- What messages do girls hear that may discourage them from studying science, technology, engineering, and math? What effect do you think that has on their decision to major in or work in these fields? What messages do girls need to hear instead?
- Girls often believe they are not doing as well as their male classmates in STEM subjects—even when they actually are. How does this “confidence gap” or “imposter syndrome” affect girls and women in STEM, and what can we do about it?
Do the struggles facing women and girls in your community and around the world make you yearn to do something? Us too!
We are ConnectHER, a non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas focused on elevating the status of women and girls everywhere. We work to do this by:
- Funding women-led projects all over the globe.
- Hosting the ConnectHER Film Festival, an annual event in which students aged 25 and under submit 3-6 minute original films focused on critical women’s issues. To date we've received over 1,000 original films from over 40 countries and have awarded selected winners more than $150,000 in scholarships.
Want to get involved with the film festival? Awesome!
- Watch the film above.
- Brainstorm your own ideas for a film about an issue facing women and girls in your community.
- In addition to women and the environment, other possible themes include girls’ education, ending violence against women, poverty & economic independence, authentic beauty/body image, or centering the voices of black women and girls.
- No prior filmmaking experience is required, and first time filmmakers are encouraged to enter. But if you'd like to boost your filmmaking skills, these free—or almost free—courses will help you up your game so you can make a film you’re proud of.
- The submission deadline is June 15th, 2021. Find more submission details here.
- Contact us at email@example.com for more info. We'd love to hear from you!