New Student Video “All About Water”

Posted on: June 28th, 2017 by Leslie_Zucker

Stu­dents at the Ben­nett Inter­me­di­ate School in Boiceville are shar­ing their knowl­edge of water in a 22-minute edu­ca­tion­al video that is now avail­able online.

The stu­dents – all mem­bers of the “Water­shed Detec­tives” after-school sci­ence club, were moti­vat­ed to con­vince oth­ers of water’s impor­tance and what can be done to pro­tect and con­serve water. The group of fourth- and fifth-graders served on the video pro­duc­tion crew as direc­tors, actors, cam­era, light and sound tech­ni­cians, cue-card hold­ers, and script planners.

The video is a resource for ele­men­tary school sci­ence teach­ers and aligns direct­ly with sci­ence con­cepts learned in class. Stu­dents pro­duced the video over 2.5 months with help from Water­shed Detec­tives club leader Matt Savat­gy, who wrote the movie script with input from club mem­bers. Savat­gy, a youth edu­ca­tor with Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty, said the stu­dents didn’t want peo­ple to take water for granted.

Stu­dents in the video describe how water plays an impor­tant role in their dai­ly lives. And the sci­ence club mem­bers had plen­ty of fun and chal­lenges to over­come dur­ing shoot­ing. Stu­dents had to reshoot scenes due to unfore­seen sit­u­a­tions such as back­ground noise, peo­ple walk­ing in on takes or the actors “fum­bling” their lines. The stu­dents did a water bot­tle flip as the very last fun thing.

The video was made pos­si­ble with fund­ing from the NYC DEP pro­vid­ed to the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram in sup­port of edu­ca­tion and outreach.

The video can be watched at

Students Alexis (Sasha) Nielsen, 10, and Landry Mack, 10, at the Bennett Intermediate School practice their lines for a student-produced science video with help from Extension Educator Matt Savatgy.  Courtesy of David Laks, 2017.

Stu­dents Alex­is (Sasha) Nielsen, 10, and Landry Mack, 10, at the Ben­nett Inter­me­di­ate School prac­tice their lines for a stu­dent-pro­duced sci­ence video with help from Exten­sion Edu­ca­tor Matt Savat­gy. Cour­tesy of David Laks, 2017.