ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2021 Winners Announced!

ReelLIFE SCIENCE Winners 2021: (l-r) Le Cheile Secondary School, Foróige Hub Castlebar, Gaelscoil Riabhach

The winners of ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2021 have been announced as GAELSCOIL RIABHACH from Loughrea, Co. Galway at primary school level, LE CHÉILE SECONDARY SCHOOL from Tyrellstown, Dublin 15 at secondary school level and FORÓIGE HUB CASTLEBAR from Mayo at youth group level.

Winning videos were selected from a record 490 entries made by over 3,000 participants in 135 schools and youth groups in Ireland and Northern Ireland, by a panel of judges including NASA astronaut Col. Greg ‘Box’ Johnson, University College Dublin Professor of Zoology Emma Teeling amd the 2021 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition winner, Greg Tarr, from Bandon Grammar School in Cork.

Clockwise from bottom left, Greg Tarr, Prof. Emma Teeling, Col. Greg Johnson, map of schools and youth groups in Ireland and Northern Ireland participating ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2021.

ReelLIFE SCIENCE is based in NUI Galway and is supported by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover programme, the Community Knowledge Initiative, the CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices, Foróige and the Cell EXPLORERS science education and outreach programme. The ReelLIFE SCIENCE programme challenges young people in schools and youth groups around Ireland to engage with science and technology by producing short educational videos, while developing their communication and digital skills. Since being launched in 2013, this challenge has been met by more than 20,000 participants in over 600 schools and groups in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

You can watch all of the prizewinning videos below as screened online for the public as part of Science Week 2021 and the 24th Galway Science and Technology Festival on Friday November 12th, 2021.

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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