October 22, 2018

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Guest Blog Post: StudentCam, CSPAN's Student Documentary Competition

Today's guest blog features information from CSPAN, related to its C-SPAN Classroom and StudentCam documentary competition. C-SPAN Classroom is a free membership service that works with C-SPAN's programs on public affairs, Congress, non-fiction books and American history to create free resources for teachers and students to use in classrooms and projects. 

Looking for free teaching resources? C-SPAN Classroom has thousands of online resources for teachers to use in their classrooms. All resources are offered free of charge, with video that is mobile device friendly, and supporting materials that are designed to help you enhance your social studies curriculum by using our public affairs programming. Registration and membership in C-SPAN Classroom is free. 

Browse our selection of resources to find primary source materials to use with your students:


  • Current Event Videos: short videos to engage students in discussion on issues affecting the country
  • Constitution Clips: video clips paired with the text of the document to show examples of the Constitution in action
  • Deliberations: lessons designed to engage students in classroom deliberations about current issues being debated in the United States
  • On This Day in History: video resources to help students better understand significant events throughout U.S. history
  • Bell Ringers: video clips that include a brief summary, key vocabulary terms and related discussion questions
  • Lesson Plans: lessons include videos, a summary, vocabulary terms, procedures and culminating activities 
  • Teacher Opportunities: we offer free online training to learn about our resources as well as summer conferences and Fellowship experiences


If you are looking to engage students in a project-based learning experience, introduce them to StudentCam, C-SPAN's documentary competition for students in grades 6-12. This year’s theme is “WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AMERICAN?” Choose a constitutional right, national characteristic, or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience. Students may compete individually or in teams of up to 3 members to create a 5-6-minute film for a chance to win one of 150 student prizes. We award a total of $100,000 in prize money. You can find additional details on the competition and ideas for how to incorporate it into classrooms on our website: http://www.studentcam.org.

If you have any questions, you can contact C-SPAN's Education Relations team at educate@c-span.org  or call 1 (800) 523-7586.

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