Create an account and upload your film to tell us your story on how you’re changing the world.

Hear what local schools in the area have to say about inspiring social change.

Vote for your faves and check back to see who takes home the grand prize!


Have an idea to make your school, neighborhood, city or the world a better place? We want to hear from you!

Every year, Steeltown gives away over $10,000 to middle and high school students as a part of the Take a Shot at Changing the World Contest.  This pioneering digital media initiative began in 2010 with a focus on the polio vaccine, its ties to Pittsburgh and current eradication efforts around the world.  Since then, it has transformed into a competition for teens to create content around topics of social change; complete with special events, screenings and hands-on workshops throughout the year.

So what are your big ideas?  Create a short video (two to five minutes) about People, Places or Things, in and around the Greater Pittsburgh Area, that has had a positive impact on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).  The story can be told via documentary or narrative, include a person, place or thing of the present or past.  Your movie can be an animation, an interview, a commercial, a comedy, a drama -- you name it!  Just be creative and have fun! 

How to "Take a Shot" Workshops will be offered to teach you the basics of video/film production.  To register, please click on the link below.  You can only register for one workshop.

How to “Take a Shot” Workshop – Saturday, February 21 from 10am-2:30pm at The Andy Warhol Museum (Register)
How to “Take a Shot” Workshop – Wednesday, February 25th from 5-7pm at AIU3 (Waterfront) (Register)
How to “Take a Shot” Workshop – Monday, March 2nd from 5-7pm at East Liberty Library (Register)
How to “Take a Shot” Workshop – Sunday, March 8th from 1-3pm at Heinz History Center (Register)

 Stay tuned for more information about this year's Take a Shot: Teen Film Prize Competition.  The 2015 competition will begin in April.



2014 Take a Shot Winners

On Sunday, June 1, 2104, six winners of the 2014 Take a Shot at Changing the World contest were announced during our film festival at the AMC Loews Waterfront Theatre. Participants and supporters viewed entries on the big screen, and afterwards, enjoyed a catered reception.


  • Judge's Vote - 1st Place ($3,000) AND Popular Vote ($1,000): A Place Where Everyone Belongs by Katie from Avonworth Middle School
  • Judge's Vote - 2nd Place ($2,000): Using the Example of Desmond Tutu to Stop Bullying by Hannah & Maggie from CAPA


  • Judge's Vote - 1st Place ($3,000): If Only We Had Known by Heaven, Alexander, Dominic, Bavi, Kayla, Aurora, Victoria, Richelle, Justine, Garrett, Ashely, Jacquez, Robbie, Steven, & Mack from Gateway High School
  • Judge's Vote - 2nd Place ($2,000): Hunger: The Hidden Crisis by Raiona, Raenkia, Nara, & Cynthiya from Allderdice High School
  • Popular Vote ($1,000): Project Migration: Search of a Happiness by Diwas, Hema, Dipesh, & Bhim from Baldwin High School


A big thank you to all of the participants, sponsors and supporters of last year's event!!!

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