ACLA Teams Up with CS2N for Student Video Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – March 8, 2013 – The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) is teaming up with the Computer Science Student Network (CS2N) for a student video animation competition titled “Character Drop!” The competition asks students, “What if you could pick a character from one book and drop them into another book? How would the other characters react? Would this character change the entire story or just a scene?”

“Character Drop” will be part of the annual Pittsburgh Children’s Choice Awards. Each year the ACLA invites students from grades 3-6 to read up to eight popular titles and vote for their favorites on their website, RC’s Clubhouse.  The competition will allow students to choose two out of the eight books to create their entries.

CS2N Competitions are deadline-driven projects completed by students and evaluated by students. Students, of every age and background, are able to participate, evaluate, and learn. In addition, the competition provides students an opportunity for a practical application of storytelling and STEM skills.

This competition is open to Allegheny County students in grades 3-6 and they must animate a video that is no longer than two minutes.  Although students can create their video using any means, CS2N has training and support materials for SAM Animation.  Final videos will be shown live at the Children’s Choice Awards Event on May 9th.  Winners will receive a special prize at the event. The deadline for the competition is April 15, 2013.

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About Computer Science Student Network:
The Computer Science Student Network is a collaborative research project between Carnegie Mellon University and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) designed to increase the number of students pursuing advanced Computer Science and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (CS-STEM) degrees. For more information, please visit

To learn more about this competition and CS2N, please contact:

Luke Reynolds, Multimedia Developer
Ten 40th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Office: (412) 805-9268


By: Cara Friez

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