Panasonic Kid Witness News YouTube Video Competition 2017 : Panasonic Corporation of North America announced the winners of its 2017 Kid Witness News (KWN) video competition. The Kid Witness News program provides a mutually beneficial medium for adults to see - "The World Through Their Eyes" - and illustrates the company's desire to invest in education and the future of the United States. Kid Witness News (KWN) got its start in 1989 in the U.S. as a hands-on video education program supported by Panasonic, which supplied video cameras and editing equipment to public elementary and middle schools to make news programs from the perspective of children. The program was subsequently expanded globally. At present, 548 schools from 23 countries are program participants.
2017 Panasonic video competition for kids
Through the KWN video education program, Panasonic provides participating schools (grades 4-12; age 18 and under) with the latest digital equipment so students can create and communicate stories that are important to them and their communities.
This year students were required to create human interest stories of their choosing. The KWN program emphasizes team-centered learning that encourages students to develop valuable cognitive, communication and organizational skills through the use of an artistic platform.
Students and teachers from the winning schools traveled to Newark, NJ for the KWN Winners Weekend, which included an awards ceremony at Panasonic's North American headquarters in Newark and sightseeing in New York City.
Best video of the Year
The "Best Video of the Year" awards went to Rancho Minerva Middle School (Vista, CA) for their video "Dear America" and Eastlake High School (Chula Vista, CA) for their video "It's Worth It".
Another top winner was Maui High School (Kahului, HI) which was awarded the "Best Eco-Effect PSA of the Year" Award for its video, "An Ocean Delicacy." In addition to the top winning schools, four other schools received the 2017 New Vision Award.