Mr. Chris Spisak, an 8th grade Math and Media instructor at Sartartia Middle School, recently received a $25,000 grant from the Fairmount Minerals Foundation for the creation of a “Mac Lab” at the school. The grant money will allow for the purchase of 15 new iMac computers fully stocked with video editing and graphic design software as well as camera, lighting, sound, and grip gear for the school’s newly founded Media Production Department.
The Media Production class, is offered as an elective to seventh and eighth grade students. As resources and class sizes are limited, this class was only open to a select number of students. But with the funding from this grant, the class will now be available to more students. The second component, the Media Production Club, meets every other week after school. This club is open to those sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who could not take the class but are still interested in learning more about media production.
The Media Production program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in numerous media-related fields. Through hands-on activities with industry standard tools, students hone their skills in such areas as camera operation, cinematography, video editing, screenwriting, DVD authoring, web delivery, and sound design
“The idea is to provide students with a marketable skill that they can take with them into whatever field they choose to pursue,” says Spisak. “We live in an ever-evolving, technology-driven society where the types of things we learn in this course could very well become requirements rather than luxuries to potential employers. We want our students to be prepared.”