Make a 3 minute science video and win €1000 for your school!

 The competition is now closed!

Winners will be announced on Wednesday November 12th to coincide with Science Week 2014.

ReelLIFE SCIENCE Competition Poster

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!  Kindly supported by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover programme and VISICORT, 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. An additional prize of €250, sponsored by Medical Supply Company Ltd. will be voted on by the public via our Facebook page.

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. Travel bursaries, generously sponsored by the Biochemical Society will be available for schools to help fund their trip to the Festival.

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 were 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 Science Week 2014 on November 12th.

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, including the wonderful Cell EXPLORERS team who are on board again this year. 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!

Filming a nature hunt

Filming a field study are Alix Lanthiez, Juliana Keeya, Batiste Martinaud, Juan Garcia Salamanca and Jasper Ryan (photo by Patrick Henaghan)

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, 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.

For help making your videos, we have a Teachers’ Tips page (where you will also find the online application form) as well as Timeline, Terms & Conditions and FAQ sections.

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!

8 thoughts on “Make a 3 minute science video and win €1000 for your school!

    • We’ll be announcing them this week so watch this space. There will be 5 topics for secondary and 5 for primary schools. Hopefully there will be something for everyone!

  1. Just double checking, on one part of your website the closing date is October 25th, and on another it says that it is October 17th? Can you confirm which is the actual date? We’re hoping for the later one!!!!

    • Hi Sinead,

      The deadline for entries for the 2014 competition is today, October 17th. The deadline for last year’s competition was October 25th. I hope you will still have time to get your entry into us!


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