ReelLIFE SCIENCE is a new science video competition for Irish primary and secondary schools, the first of its kind in Ireland, which aims to promote Science in the classroom and beyond. We’re looking for students to submit a short video communicating one of our listed scientific topics in an engaging and entertaining way.
After a successful launch in Co. Galway schools in 2013, this year ReelLIFE SCIENCE is going nationwide and will award over €3000 in prizes! The makers of the best video at primary and secondary school level will each receive €1000, to be spent on promoting science in the winning school. Second and third-placed entries at each level will receive €300 and €200 for science promotion in their school, respectively. Winners will also be invited to attend the Galway Science and Technology Festival at the end of November in NUI Galway, to receive their prizes and certificates, and to see their videos on display to the general public.
Check out this video explaining ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2014, specially made for us by ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2013 secondary school winner and 5th year student in St. Enda’s College, Salthill, Michael McAndrew.
ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2014 launched on September 1st, and video submissions are invited from Irish primary and secondary schools to reach us by Friday October 17th for consideration in this year’s competition. Winning videos, as chosen by Special Guest Judges, Prof. Stephen Curry, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin and Paul Clarke, will be announced during the week beginning November 10th to coincide with Science Week 2014. An additional prize of €250, sponsored by Medical Supply Company Ltd. will be voted on by the public via our Facebook page.
The competition was conceived by Dr. Enda O’Connell from NUI Galway, and was piloted in Co. Galway schools in September 2013, with the support of a team of NUI Galway Science communicators. Last year’s prizewinning videos can be seen on our YouTube channel and include an adorable video on the 5 senses from infants, a musical number, físeán as Gaelige, some amazing astrobiology animation and even career advice for stem cells!
The winning videos have had thousands of views on YouTube from over 60 different countries, and ReelLIFE SCIENCE has been featured in national and regional newspapers, on radio as well as online in TheJournal.ie, among others. Last year’s participants have told us that ReelLIFE SCIENCE “contributed to skill development and pupil enjoyment of science” and was “something that the children will never forget”, while one of the winning schools were “really enjoying the fame and had a phone call from Australia and a message from an Indian scientist about our video.”
Check out our Facebook page and Twitter feed for some inspiration when selecting your topic, or if you just want to read some interesting Science! These are frequently updated with Science news and stories, as well as articles related to the competition topics, written by NUI Galway scientists. You’ll also be able to keep up to date with the competition and to see the videos once the competition has ended.
Download your copy of the above poster and share it with teachers and students who may be interested in taking part.
We hope you enjoy the experience!