ReelLIFE SCIENCE Video Library Launched

Happy New Year everyone. We hope you had a nice break and are looking forward to great things in 2016!

Today, we are excited to announce the launch of the ‘ReelLIFE SCIENCE Video Library‘, where you can watch more than 100 of the short science videos made by primary and secondary school students over the past number of years for ReelLIFE SCIENCE.

The videos are divided into four broad categories, to try to reflect the school science curriculum and also the range of competition topics since 2013.

These categories are:

  • Energy, Forces, Physics and Space (31 videos covering topics like Science in Space, Light, Gravity, Special Relativity, etc.);
  • Habitats and The Environment (26 videos covering topics like Science in the Garden, Our Marine World and The Soil is Alive!);
  • Our Healthy Bodies (39 videos covering a huge range of topics from Medicines, Keeping Healthy, The Food we Eat, Cells, The Digestive System, Vision, Evolution and much, much more!)
  • Science Heroes and The Power of Science (21 videos Featuring Marie Curie, Alexander Fleming, Lise Meitner, and lots of fun science experiments for the classroom).
schools map_2013 to 2015
Locations of 178 schools participating in ReelLIFE SCIENCE since 2013. (Red = primary school, green = secondary school, yellow = shortlisted school)

Our hope is that both teachers and students alike will find this a useful resource when teaching or learning about these topics, or just an good place to browse some entertaining and educational videos made by some of the best science communicators in Ireland!

We’d like to thank the more than 5,000 students and teachers from 178 schools all around Ireland, who have made videos for ReelLIFE SCIENCE over the years. This fantastic resource would not be possible without all of their efforts and enthusiasm.

ReelLIFE SCIENCE will be back in the new academic year, with some more great topics, judges and prizes, so watch this space!

ReelLIFE SCIENCE Meets Cmdr. Chris Hadfield!

‘You Are Here – Around the World in 92 Minutes’ by Chris Hadfield (Pan Macmillan)

On Saturday November 15th, Cmdr. Chris Hadfield visited Eason in Galway to sign copies of his latest book ‘You Are Here – Around the World in 92 Minutes’. As this video posted by The Connacht Tribune shows, it was an extremely popular event, with hundreds of people braving the elements to meet Ireland’s favourite astronaut.

The ReelLIFE SCIENCE team were lucky enough to meet Cmdr. Hadfield beforehand, where he presented students from the winning primary school, Scoil Aonghusa Senior, with their €1000 prize. As one of our Special Guest Judges for 2015, he had been very impressed with the videos submitted by Irish primary and secondary students for the competition, saying “Discovery and creativity, turned loose by imagination. A great project that I am proud to be a part of.”

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Science in Space: Seeing the Invisible Universe

In the final Research Article for 2015, Dr. Neil Trappe, Senior Lecturer in Experimental Physics in  Maynooth University  writes about how his research helps scientists ‘see’ much more of the universe than previously possible.

Stars in the sky (Image credit ESA/Hubble)


When you look outside at the clear night sky you will see many thousands of stars overheard which is, of course, a beautiful sight. The Moon, stars, planets, comets and galaxies can all be observed if you know where to look just using your eyes. But if you have a pair of binoculars or a telescope these optical instruments also you to see much more detail and many fainter objects you would not be able to see with just your eyes. The telescope gathers more light and magnifies the objects letting you see more and enhance your view.

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