President Obama is hosting the White House’s first ever Student Film Festival, an event aimed to showcase technology in learning,  and below are some of the 16 short films selected to be screened, all of them made by students from elementary through high school.

Some of the winners come from students  in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.

The festival highlights Obama’s ConnectED program, which is aimed at connecting nearly all American students to broadband and wireless technology in their schools within the next five years through public-private partnerships. He is announcing on Friday $400 million in new commitments from private companies — including Adobe and Prezi — to provide free software to teachers and students.

Sixteen student videos from around the country were chosen as “official selections” and will be screened at the White House, in collaboration with the American Film Institute. The videos, which will be introduced by people including astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and science educator Bill Nye, are divided into four groups:  (1) Young Visionaries; (2) Future Innovators; (3) World of Tomorrow; (4) Building Bridges.

Here are some of the winning videos:

Technology and Me
First grade friends Emily Kretschmer, Eleanor Daken, Malaika Wande, Yoan Pinsonneault, Veronica Techane, Makaia Spittel, Bezawit Gessesse, and Sydney Humpert from Silver Spring, Maryland offer a look at how the youngest students see the past, present, and future of classroom technology.

Technology and Me from eric humpert on Vimeo.


Through the Lens of a Tiger
Seniors Alicia Oluhara and Jason Perry attend Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. Their video details the many ways technology  has enabled them to learn about broadcasting and journalism to tell stories.



Double Time.

Eighth graders Joshua Leong and Stephen Sheridan from Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, Virginia tell the story of two sister schools who collaborate on a school project from different parts of the world by using technology. Josh and Stephen wrote the script and traveled to schools and airports to tell their story.



Full S[T]EAM Ahead – How Technology Rocks the Classroom
Elementary school students Miles Pilchik and Gabrielle Nafie from SciTech Kids in New York, New York came together to show us how technology can spark children’s innate curiosity through hands-on experiences. From iPads to 3D printers, “Full S[T]EAM Ahead” shows us how STEAM activities requires them to think like scientists, inventors, and Makers.