ReelLIFE SCIENCE - it's not brain surgery!

ReelLIFE SCIENCE – it’s not brain surgery!

ReelLife Science is a novel Science Communication video competition for Irish primary and secondary schools, the first of its kind in Ireland, which aims to promote Science to a wider audience.  We’re looking for students to submit a short (1-3 minute) video communicating one of our listed scientific topic in an engaging and entertaining way.

The competition was conceived by Dr. Enda O’Connell from NUI Galway, and was launched in Co. Galway schools in September 2013, supported by a team of NUI Galway Science Communicators.  Last year’s excellent prizewinning videos can be seen on our YouTube channel and include an adorable video from infants, a musical number, físeán as Gaelige, some amazing animation and career advice for stem cells!

The winning videos have had over 3,000 views on YouTube from over 60 different countries, and ReelLife Science has 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.”

This year, ReelLife Science is going nationwide and will award a total of €3000 in prizes.  The best video at each level (primary and secondary) will receive €1000, to be spent on a science project, trip or event, as proposed by the winning students.  Second and third-placed entries at each level will receive €300 and €200 for science communication in their school, respectively.

Additionally, winners will 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 the videos on display to the general public.

ReelLife Science 2014 will launch 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 schools will be announced November 10th. Further information on this year’s topics and submitting videos will be sent to schools at a later date.

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.

For help making your videos, we have a Teachers’ Tips page as well as Timeline and FAQ sections.

We hope you enjoy the experience!

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