ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2020 Winners Announced at Galway Science and Technology Virtual Festival!

ReelLIFE SCIENCE Winners 2020 (l-r: Isabelle Xiao and Cindy Xu from Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6; Fourth Class, Gaelscoil Riabhach, Loughrea, Co. Galway; Alex and Nathan Wai from The Ripple Effect Youth Hub)

The winners of ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2020 have been announced at the first ever virtual Galway Science and Technology Festival as GAELSCOIL RIABHACH from Loughrea, Co. Galway at primary school level, ALEXANDRA COLLEGE from Milltown, Dublin 6 at secondary school level and THE RIPPLE EFFECT YOUTH HUB from South County Dublin at youth group level.

Winning videos were selected from a record 450 entries made by over 2,500 participants in 130 schools and youth groups around Ireland, by a panel of judges including broadcaster and teacher ‘Múinteoir Ray’ Cuddihy from RTÉ’s After School Hub, BBC Wildlife and Children’s presenter, Ferne Corrigan, and the 2020 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition winners, Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan, from Coláiste Choilm in Cork.

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Meet Max, your ‘ReelLIFE SCIENCE @ HOME’ Winner!

Max Kamalarajah
Max Kamalarajah, Year 10 Student from Wallace High School

After receiving 40% of the 1,400 votes cast in our week-long Twitter poll, the winner of ‘ReelLIFE SCIENCE @ HOME’ is Year 10 student MAX KAMALARAJAH, who wins €1000 for Wallace High School in Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

In his video, Max used his kitchen sink and food from his cupboards to create a memorable demonstration of how the body recruits cells and proteins during Blood Clotting. The ReelLIFE SCIENCE team noted how this “really creative use of everyday items to explain a complicated situation captured the ‘at home’ aspect of ReelLIFE SCIENCE @ HOME” and described it as a “fantastic and novel depiction of the science of coagulation that certainly supported learning in an engaging and accessible way.”

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ReelLIFE SCIENCE @ HOME Finalists Announced – time for YOU to vote!

3 FinalistsThe finalists of ‘ReelLIFE SCIENCE @ HOME 2020’ are today announced as WILLIAM STOKES, representing Baltydaniel NS (Newtwopothouse, Co. Cork), ENYA O’REILLY HUERTA, representing Naas Community College (Naas, Co. Kildare) and MAX KAMALARAJAH, representing Wallace High School (Lisburn, Co. Antrim).

From a total entry of 133 videos, made by hundreds of young science communicators representing 80 primary schools, secondary schools and youth groups around Ireland, these three videos were judged to be the best by a volunteer panel of 40 NUI Galway scientists and science students, based on their scientific content, production values and x-factor. Continue reading “ReelLIFE SCIENCE @ HOME Finalists Announced – time for YOU to vote!”