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Green Ninja Film Festival

What do you get when you combine science with a good story?  For a group of sixth graders from Redwood Middle School in Napa, CA, they get the chance to plan, direct, and star in their own films about the environment. They also have the chance to show their film at the Green Ninja Film Festival.


In July 2013, a group of 20 Bay Area science teachers came to San Jose State University (SJSU) to attend “Scientific Storytelling and the Green Ninja Film Academy” – a workshop hosted by the Bay Area Earth Science Institute ( The standards-based workshop combined climate science content with the essentials of film making so that teachers can guide their students through a film making experience.  SJSU’s Film Professor Harry Mathias provided instruction on both filmmaking and the use of iPads as filmmaking tools, and teachers were able to make their own Green Ninja films during the workshop. Participating teachers are now able to borrow a set of 10 iPads for their students to use in the classroom.

The climate science filmmaking experience culminates in the Green Ninja Film Festival – a public showing of the best student films as determined by a panel of judges.  Complete details about the film festival can be found here ( 

We are very excited to see the results from our student filmmakers!

The Green Ninja Film Festival is December 6th, 2013, with another film festival planned for May, 2014. 

Contact if you have further questions. 


Green Ninja Teacher Resources!

How far can you go on one burrito? Questions like these fuel the imaginations of us here at The Green Ninja Project. Our scientists, educators, and filmmakers create engaging, fun, and creative ways for students to learn about the science behind our changing environment. The Green Ninja™ energizes, activates, and engages students (and teachers!) to make a difference.  We create resources teachers can use, such as:

miles per burrito

Check out Eugene Cordero’s 13-minute TEDx talk and tell us where you fall on Eugene’s burrito enjoyment index. And see the Green Ninja make his dramatic entrance with a special-delivery burrito.  You won’t believe how high he can leap. Go Green Ninja!

eugene and green ninja

Could Green Ninja become the new Captain Planet?

A Kickstart for the New Year

New Year, New Program!
Happy New Year to all our Green Ninja fans! We had a fabulous year in 2012, with more than 500,000 views of Green Ninja educational films on our GreenNinjaTV YouTube channel. Now, we are super excited to announce plans for a brand-new set of programing. Coming in Spring 2013, production will begin on “The Green Ninja Show” – a 16-episode series hosted on YouTube and aimed at upper elementary to middle school children, their teachers, and parents.

Get Your Name in the Credits, or Even a Walk-On Role!
We have launched a Kickstarter campaign for our new Green Ninja Show. Watch the one-minute video to hear all about it (watch to the end for the dramatic surprise ending — don’t worry, no ninjas or scientists were injured in the making of this film). Donate $10 and get your name in the credits. Donate more and get a walk-on role for you or your child!

What Your Support Will Mean
The funds we raise will enable us to pay for the studio staff and equipment rental, develop the studio set, hire students for specific highly skilled roles, and hire a social media architect to help design the social marketing and publicity campaign to build our subscriber base for the show.

The Green Ninja Show will be directed by Professor David Chai (, an acclaimed animator/educator and twice nominated Annie Award winner for Best Short Subject.  San Jose State University (SJSU) students will write and produce the show under David’s guidance and in partnership with Spartan Film Studios.  Faculty and students from the College of Science and the College of Education will ensure effective science and educational content.

What Are You Waiting For? Join Us!

How much does a hurricane weigh?

Radiolab host Robert Krulwich presents an intriguing lesson: How much does a hurricane weigh?  Do you have a guess? Watch this video for the surprising answer.

Making a difference one bottle at a time

Reusable water bottleThe Green Ninja talked to Kayla Novak recently, a college student who shared her perspective with us after reading an article in the New York Times about how many water bottles are consumed each year in the United States. “Did you know,” she said, “that the U.S. consumes 50 billion plastic water bottles per year?” Wow. Kayla continued:

For the last three years, I have been carrying my own reusable water bottle. I first started using one my when my roommate invested in a water filter for our dorm room because bottled water was becoming too expensive on our college budget. I had a hard time remembering my water bottle at first, but soon enough it became habit to bring it everywhere with me. My friends and I have started to decorate our bottles with stickers from the different places we visit. Our different stickers create countless entertaining conversations.

When I learned how many bottles are actually consumed by the United States after reading “A Fountain on Every Corner”, I was appalled. I was inspired to get everyone around me on the reusable water bottle kick too. I am going to start by giving reusable water bottles as birthday presents!

Two Green Ninja thumbs-up to Kayla for translating information into action!

Two big Green Ninja thumbs-up for Thomas Starr King Middle School!


Anyone who thinks that kids don’t care about anything but eating uncooked ramen and playing video games clearly underestimated the kids of Thomas Starr King Middle School in Los Angeles. Their interests include uncooked ramen, playing video games, building a tower of styrofoam, and getting so grossed out by it that they launch a letter-writing campaign and eventually convince the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to become the first school district in the nation to ban styrofoam.

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