Arts and Design

SA’s Dirt TV competition smashes records!

A record breaking batch of creative, eclectic and inspiring entries for the South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy’s (SACOME’s) video competition for school students have been received with public voting now open for the Heathgate Resources People’s Choice Award.

In its third year, the Dirt TV schools video competition has taken off with record engagement from a wide variety of schools across South Australia, including Tumby Bay Area School, Salisbury East High School, Loreto College, St John’s Grammar, Pedare Christian College, Westminster School and the University Senior College.

One student, Daniel Simmonds (year 11) from Salisbury East High School combined his love of Lego and filmmaking to create ‘What Mining Means for People’ in this year’s competition which highlights the different impacts of the resources industry and the use of mined products.

“I wanted to make a video that helped other people understand different parts of the resources and mining sectors. When I found out that Lego came from petroleum by-products it opened my eyes to a world of possibilities if we didn’t have mining. I’ve really enjoyed researching the topic and then putting all of that knowledge into a short stop-motion for the competition,” said Daniel.

Jules Peck, Daniel’s Visual Arts Teacher and Year 12 Coordinator at Salisbury East High School, said: “We have entered this competition every year since its inception and have found it to be a very creative way for our students to learn more about the mining and energy industries.”

“It raises awareness of the careers and pathways available in this sector as well as the importance of creating a sustainable, environmentally sound future for generations to come. It dovetails into our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, and is also a great opportunity for students to explore learning through various creative mediums. Daniel spent hours taking hundreds of photographs for his piece and has been fully engaged in the entire process.”

Since voting opened for the People’s Choice Award a week ago, the videos have already received over 1100 views on YouTube.

Jason Kuchel, SACOME’s Chief Executive said; “We are extremely pleased with the amount of positive interest generated by the program. Dirt TV was designed to increase interest in science and associated career opportunities and to raise awareness of the mining and energy industry in South Australia and the opportunities that exist here for our young, creative minds.”

This year, the Dirt TV competition will again award a total of $10,000 in cash prizes direct to South Australian students from years 7 to 12, including $5,000 for the BHP Billiton Best Overall Video. Other categories worth $1,000 each, include the Santos Best Directing Award; Best Writing Award, Best Music Award and the Heathgate Resources People’s Choice Award.

The Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, Treasurer and Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy will open the 2016 Dirt TV Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 20 October 2016 at Adelaide Oval, where winners in all categories will be announced at a red carpet gala event featuring a guest list of students and teachers, together with government, media and industry leaders.

With more videos received than ever before and more students and teachers engaged in the competition, the family friendly Awards Ceremony will be a highlight for those involved in the 2016 initiative, with SACOME members to receive invites in coming weeks.

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