It’s here. We’re excited to share with you the Untold Pitch Competition!

Over the last few months, we’ve been hosting workshops with a group of students from two different schools in California: High Tech High School and Huntington Beach High School.

Here’s How It Works

We hosted 4 workshops to help the students with their pitch videos. We brought in experts from the Makematic team to inform the students of the best practices for conducting historical research, how to pitch effectively and how to make a great video.

The students chose one of the themes listed below to find an Untold (or lesser-known) story.

  • Environment
  • Indigenous Stories
  • Economy
  • Industry

After choosing a theme and finding a story, the students pitched a video to us in under 60 seconds. They took in the information that we gave them to effectively pitch a quick story and create a video.

Once they created their masterpieces, it was then up to us at Makematic to shortlist 12 videos. Unfortunately, we couldn’t choose all the pitch videos – it wouldn’t be a competition!

6 pitch videos will be brought to life! That’s right. The students will be able to see their idea come to life, with scripts, animations, voiceovers, and more set in place!

Over To You

We’ve put into place a 50/50 judging process. One-half of the voting process is conducted by the team at Makematic, Driving Force Institute, and the Sierra Club. The other half will be down to you!

We had over 40 videos submitted by students, and we managed to nail it down to 12. The toughest job we’ve had so far.

Over to you. We’ve listed and linked the 12 shortlisted videos below. All you need to do is pick which one you think has the best story by:

  • Following the linked video and like/retweet the post
  • Cast your vote on Twitter using the following statement. Make sure to tag us in your tweet, otherwise, the vote won’t count!

My Untold Pitch Competition vote goes to (state video name) @UntoldEdu @Makematic

The Evolution and History of the Surfboard

In this film, viewers will learn about the history and evolution of the surfboard. Cast your vote by liking this post on Facebook.

Tesla’s Influence on Hollywood

In this film, viewers will learn about Tesla’s influence on Hollywood and how he shaped the movie industry we are familiar with today. Cast your vote for this video by liking it on Instagram, Facebook and/or TikTok. You can also retweet this video on Twitter.

A Love Story for the Ages: The Reason Why Rubber Glovers Were Invented

In this film viewers will learn about the inspiration and motivation for the invention of the rubber glove was love. Cast your vote for this video by liking it on Instagram and/or retweeting on Twitter.

Cold War Human Radiation Experiments

In this film, viewers will learn how in 1944, the medical team of the Manhattan Project decided to conduct a controlled experiment on the effects of radiation in humans. Cast your vote for this video by liking it on TikTok.

The History of Subcultures in the USA

In this video, viewers will learn about the history of subcultures in the United States and what subcultures tells us about the countries history. Cast your vote by liking this video on TikTok.

Origin of Earth Day

In this film, viewers will learn about the origins and inspiration behind Earth Day. Cast your vote for this video by liking it on TikTok and/or retweet this video on Twitter.

Love Canal Disaster

In this film, viewers will learn about the love canal disaster in the 1970s. Love Canal is a neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York, infamous as the location of a 0.28 km² landfill that became the site of an enormous environmental disaster. Cast your vote for this video by liking it on TikTok and/or retweet this video on Twitter.

The Havasupi Project: Genetic Research among the Havasupi

In this film viewers will learn about research conducted by Arizona State University in the 1990s by collecting DNA samples from the Havasupai tribe. Cast your vote by liking this video on Instagram.

The Real History of Dreamcatchers

In this film viewers will learn about the history of dreamcatchers. You can cast your vote for this video by tweetingMy Untold Pitch Competition vote goes to the video about the real history of dreamcatchers @UntoldEdu @Makematic

Susan La Flesche Picotte: Doctor & Reformer

In this film, viewers will learn about the first Native American doctor and reformer in the late 19th century. You can cast your vote for this video by tweetingMy Untold Pitch Competition vote goes to the video about Susa La Flesche Picotte @UntoldEdu @Makematic”

Castle Bravo: The Largest US Nuclear Explosion

In this film, viewers will learn about the nuclear tests conducted by the United States in the Bikini Atol, Marshall Islands, as part of Operation Castle. You can cast your vote for this video by tweetingMy Untold Pitch Competition vote goes to the video about Castle Bravo @UntoldEdu @Makematic”

Jackson Sundown: First Full Blood Native American rodeo rider to win Bronco Bucking Championship of the World

In this film viewers will learn about Jackson Sundown, born Waaya-Tonah-Toesits-Kahn (meaning Earth Left by the Setting Sun or Blanket of Sun), the first full-blood Indian to win the Bronco Bucking Championship of the World. Cast your vote for this video by tweetingMy Untold Pitch Competition vote goes to the video about Jackson Sundown @UntoldEdu @Makematic”

What are you waiting for? Vote, vote, vote!


In case you don’t know about Untold. Untold is a growing collection of stories about American history that are unlikely to be seen in history textbooks. Check out the videos at untoldhistory.org. New videos released every Wednesday.