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reImagining Schools | a student video competition

Our reImagining Schools student video competition, 2020 has come to its close. 

Special congratulations to rising seventh grader Scott from New Hanover County, winner of our middle school category, and to Anagha from Wilson County, a rising ninth grader and winner of our high school category. You can view the winning videos below and see all our contest submissions on our YouTube channel.



re·im·ag·ine /ˌrēiˈmajən/

Verb reinterpret imaginatively; rethink.

It is no surprise that schools and districts across North Carolina are changing as they create their remote learning plans post-COVID crisis, but what do students think about their learning? What do they imagine or, rather, reimagine when they think about school? The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University, in partnership with LearnPlatform and the Wake Partnership for Postsecondary Success, is proud to announce our student reImagining Schools Video Competition to give students a voice in what the future of education and learning looks like for the state of North Carolina.


As a student in North Carolina, you have been the most impacted by the sudden shift to remote learning and teaching due to the COVID-19 crisis. A lot of things have changed and will be changing when we start the next school year — so, we want to know, if YOU could design what YOUR school would look like, what would it be and why?

We challenge you to plan and come up with solutions for a resilient learning space that encourages critical thinking, collaboration, and considers the following:

  • How would you spend your time learning? What would it look like?
  • How would you collaborate and communicate with your peers and your teacher?
  • How would you connect with others, in class and out (i.e. clubs, sports, etc.)?
  • How would you rethink grades? What would you do to show your teacher what you have learned?

Think about how your “new school” vision will not only meet your needs and the needs of other students, but also address physical distancing, smaller class sizes, and the possibility we may have to do more remote learning in the future (i.e. learning from home). Then, create a 2-3 minute video and upload it in the form below – and don’t forget to be creative! This is a big challenge but we need to hear from you…what is YOUR vision in a world currently defined by change.

WHEN IS THIS HAPPENING?: The reImagining Schools contest submissions are due by June 30th, 2020.  Public voting will run from July 6th-20th to determine finalists, and the winners will be announced on July 31st, 2020.

WHO CAN ENTER?: Students from grades 6-12 (including rising 5th graders) in North Carolina schools (public, private, charter, etc.) may apply. Employees of the Friday Institute and NC State University, and their immediate family members (children, domestic partners, parents, siblings, and spouse) and others living in their household, are NOT eligible to participate in the contest.

ReImagining Schools Logo GifHOW TO ENTER?: Entrants will create a digital video or animation depicting their reimagining of school. When filling out the submission form (below), entrants will be prompted to upload their file (.mp3, .mp4, .avi – no larger than 64MB). The contest is split into two groups: Middle (6-8) and High (9-12).

Prizes will be awarded to BOTH the first-place middle school and high school submission. Entrants must have parental/guardian permission to participate.

All portions of the online entry form must be completed when uploading the video for it to be eligible. There is no entry fee. 

WHAT IS THE PRIZE?: Each first-place winner (Middle School and High School entry) will receive one (1) portable Lenovo Chromebook 3 laptop with 14 inch HD display, plenty of eMMC flash storage, Intel® Celeron® N4020 Processor (1.10 GHz, up to 2.80 GHz with Turbo Boost, 2 Cores, 2 Threads, 4 MB Cache), and built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®.

WHAT ARE THE RULES?:  Entries will be in the form of a video or animation. No copyright or infringing content (audio or video) can be included. You can learn more about these issues in quirky, informative online videos such as this one. Any citations should be included on the final screen of the video. Creative approaches to the video are encouraged. This could include imagery, interviews, testimonials, demonstrations, or non-traditional ideas including copyright-permissible music. The video should be entertaining and positive with a message. Videos may not show risky or unsafe behavior.

Friday Institute is not responsible for any films that are lost, damaged, or that do not upload properly. Entrants grant the Friday Institute the right to use, reproduce, distribute, and/or display the entrant’s project video without further compensation or notification of entrant. Entrants agree to be bound by the official contest rules and decisions of the judges. Read Our Term and Conditions.

QUESTIONS?: Contact Jaclyn B. Stevens at with the subject line, reImagining Schools Video Contest.




Lea(R)nPlatform Lea(R)nPlatform

Wake Partnership for Postsecondary Success Wake Partnership for Postsecondary Success

Project Team

Jaclyn Bell Stevens Jaclyn Bell Stevens

Dr Hiller A. Spires Dr Hiller A. Spires

Heather Puamohala Bronson Heather Puamohala Bronson

Dr Mark J Samberg Dr Mark J Samberg