Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the FAQs to find the answers to common questions. Can't find your question answered here? Contact us.

Where do I start?

If you don’t have any ideas, you can look around and think about things you use and enjoy. What materials are used to make them? How does mining make it possible? While you research these questions, consider (Teachers love this site too!). That website is full of information about minerals and mining. You will be amazed. You will need your video to be factual and truthful, because, let’s face it, you want to sound smart on this one.

I have my idea. Now what?

Once you have some thoughts about the idea you are want to deliver, determine your method for sharing that message. You are not limited to any format, but some ideas include a commercial, an interview, a newscast, a song, a poem, or a short documentary. You will need to figure out how many team members you will need to make your idea come alive. Your style in sharing your idea might be what makes your video stand out. Any good writer or promoter thinks about his or her audience. Do you want this appeal to kids or adults? Put your own style into it so that your audience can relate to it. The only thing you are limited by is the three minute time restriction.

What makes a great video?

Be sure your video has the three most important elements: visual, audio and message! Try shooting it a few ways and in different lighting so that the audience can really see you! If possible, use a microphone that isn’t just your phone/camera microphone so that you can be heard. Microphones help to eliminate background noise. If you are using music, be sure it is not copyrighted, and that it is appropriate for your message. Don’t let it drown out your speaking part if it is intended to be background music. Lastly, and most importantly, be sure the message is true, clear and factual. Even if you decide to make a funny video, be sure it has a message. Your goal is to teach the audience about the importance of mining, not just to entertain them for three minutes.

I’ve finished filming. Now what?

Have some trusted friends or family watch your video. Ask them to analyze it honestly. Did they get your message? Was it clear to them what you were trying to achieve? Could they hear it? Could they see you?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, it sounds like it’s time to submit your video and your parent/guardian consent form (Yes, just another friendly reminder about that consent form!)

How soon can I submit my video?

You can submit it, along with your parent/guardian consent form, immediately. Once it is screened for appropriate content, it will be posted online for the world to see. The longer it is up for viewing, the more time you have to get votes!

Now it’s time to promote your video! Tell everyone you know about your project, and ask them to vote! Have your parents put it on their social media, tell your neighbors and friends. Share it with your class, show your principal. Memorize the link (we will send you this once it is posted) and tattoo it on your forehead (that’s a joke, don’t do that). No, seriously, spread the word and get those votes! You would win $1,000!

Wow! That was fun! Can I submit another video?

YES! Just be sure you have another, separate parent/guardian consent form for each video submitted. Try your hand at another unique video, a different style, different music: anything you want!

When do I find out if I won?

Winners will be announced on December 15. Check back on this website for a list of winning videos. If you’re the winner, we will contact you via email. If not, please do not give up. We will be doing this again next year.