Seventh grade student Jacob Folwell from Caldwell, ID, won ISRI and JASON Learning's 2017 Youth Video Contest designed to promote the value of recycling among youth.
The year’s video contest had two themes. Students in grades K-12 were asked to submit a video that illustrates the process and challenges that go along with recycling something that is “Bigger than the Bin” into a reusable form, or connecting with a professional working in the recycling industry and interviewing them to learn about their work and career path.
Folwell’s video submission used Legos to demonstrate the step-by-step process of how a car is recycled, including how it goes through a shredder. The video then provides information on the amount of energy saved from recycling cars as well as the environmental benefits of avoiding mining for ore. Throughout the video, it is clear Folwell did a significant amount of research on both how recycling works and the many benefits it provides.
Judges evaluated entries on the interpretation and clarity of the theme to the viewer, the persuasiveness of the message, creativity and originality, the quality of the entry, and the overall impression of the entry.