# Math Video Challenge - Video Spotlight

The videos included in the Video Spotlight earned high marks in at least one of the Math Video Challenge content areas (mathematical content, communications, creativity, real-world scenario). We hope they provide useful examples as your team begins to produce a video. But please note, inclusion in the Video Spotlight does not mean a video is perfect. A creative video may have a math error. A video with a fantastic solution may have a weak real-world scenario. It's important to pay attention to which content area each highlighted video excelled in as you look through this Video Spotlight.

## #VIStrong

### Real-World Scenario

Their real-world scenario is so applicable, judges realistically can imagine needing to do the math described in the video to solve the problem faced by the school. They ground their real-world scenario in a timely and relevant real-life situation (hurricanes in the Virgin Islands causing students to relocate to a new school).
Creative use of “news footage” at the beginning, plus filming in a real-life classroom and principal’s office. Great acting by the students as political officials, reporters and teachers. Clearly explained solution with helpful animations (2:25) and tables (2:43). |

## A DisBEARing Situation

### Creativity

They add a story about a bear chase to expand on the real-world scenario in the original problem (a boat holding people) and make it their own. Imaginative use of beautiful animation, time-lapse and music/sound effects add to the story. Student-written humor like the characters’ squeezing through the tree (0:22) and kicking the fisherman out of his boat (0:34), plus a surprise reveal at the end (2:07) add to the story.
Use of both graphics and clear verbal explanations to show the solution to the problem, making it easy to understand and follow. Effective use of time, even with a short video. Real-world application that makes sense within the context of their story and doesn’t feel forced. |

## Back in the Good Old Days

### Mathematical Content

They provide Their 3 solutions utilize different math skills: counting (1:44), tree diagram (3:50) and permutation (4:12). They devote a substantial amount of time to the solutions in a way that is creative and doesn’t feel long or boring.
Cute story about 4 old friends reminiscing about going to the movies. Creative use of simple effects and costumes to make their video look like an old-timey silent film, which ties into their story. |

## Buzzer Beater

### Mathematical Content

Their explanation of the problem is clear and straightforward (2:56). They include mathematical terminology in their solution, used correctly. Their solution is well-paced and easy to follow because they write out their work neatly as they talk through the steps.
Student-written humor like the coach/child breaking clipboards (0:25), struggling on crutches (0:41) and post-game celebrating (4:51). Small creative details like filming at a real-life doctor’s office and basketball game, plus use of slow-motion for the final shot. |

## Going Home

### Communication

They provide ample time to understand the problem and real-world application so viewers can follow along. Not only do they present 2 solutions to the problem (0:53 and 3:02), but they set up a They speak very clearly and use graphics to explain the solutions (1:01).
Correct use of more advanced math concepts for their second solution (3:06). Student-written humor like the frustrated captain (0:23) and the crew’s silly antics (0:45 and 4:35). Simple but effective use of green screen and effects like the spaceship traveling (4:45). Logical real-world application that doesn’t feel forced and doesn’t simply rely on what’s already in the original problem. |

## Jailbreak

### Creativity

They add a story about the dog Olympics to expand on the real-world scenario in the original problem (dogs digging holes) and make it their own. Silly costumes of the dogs (0:01-0:12) and jail wardens (0:55-1:12), plus creative use of space create a whimsical but realistic looking “dog jail.” Small creative details like having dogs speak in different languages and accents because it’s the Olympics (0:24-0:42 and 1:21-1:45), featuring a real-life police officer guest star (0:14) and a slow-motion escape add to their story.
Clearly explained solution that is easy to understand. Real-world application that makes sense within the context of their story and doesn’t feel forced. |

## Legendary Pizza

### Communication

They explain their solution clearly, including providing explanations of the math terminology and operations used. They use clear graphics (1:58, 2:13, 2:21 and 2:30) that help viewers understand the problem, as well as their solution. They spend a substantial amount of time on their solution, but in a way that is creative and doesn’t feel long or boring.
Simple but effective effects like the split screen (0:19) and flying pizza delivery guy (0:48). Small creative details like the floating astronaut (0:20), sassy pizza guy (0:28) and filming at a real-life pizza place. |

## Mix n Match: The Power of Clever Combinations

### Communication

They provide ample time to understand the problem and real-world application so viewers can follow along. They spend a substantial amount of time on their solution, but in a way that is creative and doesn’t feel long or boring. In addition to verbal explanations, they use tree diagrams to explain the solutions (2:43 and 3:16). They speak clearly and use numbers/operations that are well-timed to follow their dialogue.
Student-written humor like the luggage overload at the beginning (0:23) and re-packing at the end (3:57). Creative use of simple but effective time-lapse to demonstrate different combinations (3:19). Logical real-world application that doesn’t feel forced. |

## President Polynomial Has Been Poisoned

### Real-World Scenario

They add a story about a president becoming ill to expand on the real-world scenario in the original problem ( The real-world application makes sense within the context of their story and doesn’t feel forced.
Fun and colorful student-made animation. Simply done, but straightforward and well-communicated solution. Effective use of time, even with a short video. Student-written humor like the dramatic music (0:20 and 1:05), thought bubble with a smartphone (0:37) and “I Survived” cape (2:55). |

## Salice in Wonderland

### Creativity

Student-written humor like the silly antics of the characters and the parody song (1:26) to set up the problem make the story more interesting. Simple but creative costumes and props, plus intentionally over-the-top acting by the students (for example, 0:01-0:32 and 0:50-1:00) add to the scene of the story.
Correct use of math terminology during the solution. Two solutions provided during the video. |

## The Story Arcs

### Creativity

They Imaginative use of real-time, hand-drawn animation and fast-forwarding add to the story. Interesting story flips the script on PacMath vs. the ghosts and includes student-written humor like the ghost’s lament (0:59) and bulk-up sequence (4:22).
Significant time setting up the problem, which makes it easy to understand the conundrum faced by Blinky the ghost. Math terminology defined as the solution is explained. Real-world application that makes sense within the context of their story and doesn’t feel forced. |

## Vacation to Hawaii

### Communication

They provide ample time to understand the problem and real-world application so viewers can follow along. Their problem is easy to solve, but they explain the steps clearly. Their video is short, but time is still used effectively.
Student-written humor like the silly costumes and acting of the mom (0:11), baby (0:17) and wizard (1:07) and use of teleportation to solve the issue of plane tickets (2:27). Simple but effective effects like the appearance and disappearance of characters (1:07 and 2:33). |

## We're Rich

### Mathematical Content

Their solution is clear and straightforward (2:37), with typed up equations and numbers making it easy to follow their steps. They include mathematical terminology in their solution, used correctly. Their solution is well-paced and not rushed.
Student-written humor and emotive acting throughout, like during the lottery numbers announcement (0:39), celebration (0:58) and day-dream sequence (4:06). Rap song Small creative details like jumbo-sized lottery checks (1:07), over-the-top fake jewelry (4:19) and filming at a real-life shopping mall (4:08). |

## Where's Waldorf

### Real-World Scenario

They The math in their real-world scenario is woven into the larger story, so the video flows well.
Student-written humor throughout and timely, funny references to One Direction (1:47), Starbucks lattes (0:48 and 1:54) and Beyonce (3:16). Over-the-top acting of the mom (for example, 0:05-0:19 and 0:35-0:53) and creative costumes. Clearly explained solution with helpful animations (2:10) and correctly used math terminology. |