Some 300 schools nationwide have been invited to enter Ireland’s first science video competition, cleverly named ReelLife Science.
Students must make a short video, anywhere from one to three minutes in length, and go viral in the name of science. The competition encourages people of all competency levels, applicants need not be a professional camera operator, simply record the video on a smartphone or a digital camera. The deadline for entering the competition is Friday October 25.
ReelLife Science, a novel science video competition, was recently launched in more than 300 primary and secondary schools by a team of NUI Galway staff and students. The competition aims to involve school children in science in a fun and creative way, developing their analytical, creative, and communication skills, while enabling NUI Galway researchers and students to engage in outreach in an innovative manner.
ReelLife Science will award a total of €1,000 in prizes, and winners will be invited to attend the Galway Science and Technology Festival on Sunday November 24 in NUI Galway, where their videos will be on public display.
Videos will be judged by a panel of internationally recognised scientists, including Professor Rhodri Ceredig of REMEDI, NUI Galway, and Professor Andrea Brand of Gurdon Institute, Cambridge.
Special guest judges will include Ciara Judge, Sophie Healy-Thow, and Emer Hickey, who are the winners of the 2013 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and won first prize at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists.
The initiative was conceived by NUI Galway’s Dr Enda O’Connell, a winner of the inaugural ‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here, Ireland’ competition in November 2012, securing funding for a science communication project. Additional funding to expand the project was awarded by the NUI Galway Students’ Union EXPLORE Innovation Initiative and the College of Science. It is run by O’Connell and a team of student partners at NUI Galway.