Local high school students are creating a video for Springfield’s SCAT bus system that will help guide riders through new routes and pricing.

Springfield students creating video for SCAT bus system

A group of local high school students is getting hands-on work experience this summer creating a video for the Springfield City Area Transit bus system that will help guide riders through new routes and pricing changes.

The budding videographers are working with equipment and a mentor from YouMedia Springfield, part of the Greater Springfield CareerConnectED Center.

On Wednesday, they tried their hand at using a camera-equipped drone to get aerial footage of the bus hub in downtown Springfield.

“We’re teaching people how to ride the bus,” said Dosjine Brown, who will be a senior at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center in the fall. “And I’m learning how to ride the bus. Where the bus stops are, what time they come, how much it costs to get on the bus.”

She and her sister Odyssee are part of the group that is shooting, voicing and editing the short video to go on SCAT’s website.

“We’re trying to make more people aware about the buses, that they’re available,” she said.

Brown wants to study film at Wright State after graduation.

Co-coordinator at YouMedia Brian Traylor is mentoring the students.

“A couple of our students that are interested in videography, they were asked by SCAT to provide a video for the community. The bus recently changed their schedule, and they’re trying to get more people participating,” he said.

The experience of creating this video for a client teaches them much more than the technical skills of shooting and editing, Traylor said.

“It’s really important for adolescents to try out experiences before they take a job…see if it fits,” he said.

The students are learning to work together in groups, communicate and plan out their project, Traylor said. “The real world of workplace skills.”

Students at YouMedia have previously worked on videography projects for the Westcott House, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and other community clients.

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