RLS 2013 to 2017smalliconsSince launching in 2013, more than 9,000 people have taken part in ReelLIFE SCIENCE, making hundreds of STEM videos in 26 counties around Ireland. These videos have received more than 130,000 views worldwide and have been featured on RTÉ’s News2Day and TG4’s Cúla4 TV programmes.

Below you can see a summary of each year’s competition, with the winning videos, prizegivings and special guest judges.

You can see a larger selection of videos in our Video Library organised under various themes, such as ‘Energy, Forces, Physics and Space‘ and ‘Our Healthy Bodies‘.

ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2017

2017 Judges
Reel LIFE SCIENCE Special Guest Judges 2017 (l-r) Prof. Luke O’Neill (Trinity College Dublin and Fellow of the Royal Society), Amber Gell (Aerospace Engineer with Lockheed Martin and NASA), Shane Curran (BTYSTE Winner 2017)

 

The judges selected ‘How the Immune System Works‘ produced by the 25 fifth and sixth class students of Sooey National School in Sooey, Co. Sligo, under the direction of teacher Thomas Egan. No strangers to the competition, Sooey NS also claimed first place back in 2014. Judge Amber Gell described the video as “very creative and entertaining!” and commented that “The students clearly had a blast filming this video and teaching about the concepts. That enthusiasm and understanding was well-conveyed and came across to the audience.

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The ReelLIFE SCIENCE Primary School Winners award at the Galway Science and Technology Festival was presented to fifth and sixth class students from Sooey NS, Sooey, Co. Sligo with their teacher Thomas Egan by CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices Director Prof. Abhay Pandit and ReelLIFE SCIENCE Director Dr. Enda O’Connell. Photo: Andrew Downes, xposure

 

The video ‘The Death of Paul Donovan‘ produced by Fourth Year students from Davitt College in Castlebar, Co. Mayo under the guidance of teacher Fiona O’Connor, claimed the CÚRAM-sponsored first prize at Secondary School level. Described by Prof. Luke O’Neill as “very funny and original“, the video also impressed Shane Curran who said “The anecdotal style and storyline is very engaging. A lot of work done in preparation of the story and the techniques used in forensics.

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The ReelLIFE SCIENCE Secondary School Winners award at the Galway Science and Technology Festival was presented to transition year students from Davitt College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, with their teacher Fiona O’Connor and principal Bernie Rowland by CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices Director Prof. Abhay Pandit and ReelLIFE SCIENCE Director Dr. Enda O’Connell. Photo:Andrew Downes, xposure

 

The Immune System Simplified‘ produced by members of the Corofin Foróige Group claimed the first ever CKI-sponsored First Prize at Community level. The video’s distinct animation style impressed all of the judges, with Amber Gell commenting “Very creative use of prop work. Did an exceptional job addressing the science using an appropirate medium in an informative yet entertaining manner. Well thought-out video, outstanding job!

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The inaugural ReelLIFE SCIENCE ‘Community’ Winners award at the Galway Science and Technology Festival was presented to Maria Cullinane, Marlene Rosinsky, Caoimhe Looney, Dannan Gaughan and Eabha Gaughan from Corofin Foróige Club, Corofin, Co. Galway by CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices Director Prof. Abhay Pandit and ReelLIFE SCIENCE Director Dr. Enda O’Connell. Photo:Andrew Downes, xposure

A full list of 2017 prizewinners can be found here. 

 

ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2016

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ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2016 Special Guest Judges: (l-r: BTYSTE Winners 2016, Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura from Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan; University College London neuroscientist and Royal Society Fellow Prof. Eleanor Maguire; Broadcaster and Science Communication enthusiast Rick O’Shea)

 

The judges selected ‘Life in Space – An Saol sa Spás!’, produced by 4th class students of Gaelscoil Riabhach (Loughrea, Co. Galway) under the direction of teacher Brian Ó Meacháin, as the best primary school video, and deserving winners of the €1000 first prize. Described by Maria Louise Fufezan as “a really inspiring video that successfully communicated the wonders of life in space” the students interviewed NASA astronaut Colonel Ron Garan about his experiences aboard the International Space Station.

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Rang 4 Gaelscoil Riabhach (photo courtesy Brian O Meachain)
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Primary School Winners 2016 Gaelscoil Riabhach, with (back row, l-r) NUI Galway Dean of Science Prof. Donal Leech, GMIT Head of Science Dr. Des Foley, NUI Galway President Dr. James Browne, Medtronic Director of Research & Development Ronan Rogers, Muinteori Brian O Meachain, ReelLIFE SCIENCE Director Dr. Enda O’Connell. Photo credit Andrew Downes, Xposure.

 

The secondary school competition saw Patrician High School (Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan) Transition Year students John Ubaldo and Colm Lonergan, with guidance from their teacher Maeve Reynolds, claim the CÚRAM-sponsored €1000 first prize, with a video entitled ‘How The Sun Works’. “A film with engaging animation and good scientific content“, according to Prof. Eleanor Maguire, this animated video communicates complex concepts with an easy-to-understand, visually striking style.

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Colm Lonergan and John Ubaldo (l-r) from Patrician High School (photo courtesy Maeve Reynolds)
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Secondary School Winners 2016 Patrician High School with (l-r) GMIT Head of Science Dr. Des Foley, Galway Science & Technolgy Forum Marketing & Administration Manager Anne Casserly, NUI Galway President Dr. James Browne, John Ubaldo & Colm Lonergan (both Patrician High School), Medtronic Director of Research & Development Ronan Rogers, NUI Galway Dean of Science Prof. Donal Leech, ReelLIFE SCIENCE Director Dr. Enda O’Connell. Photo credit Andrew Downes, Xposure.

A full list of 2016 prizewinners can be found here.

 

ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2015

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ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2015 Special Guest Judges (l-r: Prof. Aoife McLysaght, Molecular Evolution Lab, Trinity College Dublin; Canadian Astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield and Bullaun NS student Charlie O’Connell (Photo credit: Aengus McMahon Photography); Ian O’Sullivan and Eimear Murphy, 2015 BTYSTE Winners. (Photo credit Fennel Photography))

 

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The judges selected ‘Scoil Aonghusa Rocket Launch’, produced by 4th class students of Scoil Aonghusa Senior, Tallaght, under the direction of teacher Jennie Smith, as the best primary school video, and deserving winners of the €1000 first prize. The video, a news report live from Tallaght’s first manned rocket launch, was described by Cmdr. Hadfield as “fun” and “well-acted”, while Prof. McLysaght praised the “humour interspersed with the science,” remarking that “This video is great fun and I think the pupils had fun making it too!

 

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The 2015 secondary school competition saw Causeway Comprehensive School, from Causeway, Co. Kerry, improve on 2014’s third place finish by claiming the CÚRAM-sponsored €1000 first prize, with a video entitled ‘The Mystery of Light’. With guidance from science teacher Bridget Buckley, the filmmakers, fifth year students Solas O’Halloran and Matt Tyrkiel, were hailed as “engaging hosts” by Cmdr. Hadfield, while he described their video as being “cool, clearly explained” and “dramatically filmed.”

A full list of 2015 prizewinners can be found here.

 

 ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2014

2014 Judges
ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2014 Special Guest Judges (l-r: Prof. Stephen Curry, Imperial College, London and The Guardian; Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, School of Mathematical Science, UCD. (Photo credit: Barry McCall); Paul Clarke, St. Paul’s College, Raheny. BTYSTE Winner 2014. (Photo credit Chris Bellew, Fennell Photography))

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Galway Science and Technology Festival 47‘The History of Medicine’ was made by Leaving Certificate student Julien Torrades of Summerhill College, Sligo, under the supervision of his Art teacher Jonathan Cassidy, winning the Primary School first prize of €1000.. The video was described by Prof. Curry as “a good use of stop-motion…with a nice sense of humour…covering an impressive amount of ground in a short space of time”.

 

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‘The Secret Life of Honey Bees’ was produced by Fifth and Sixth class students from Sooey National School, Co. Sligo, with the help of their teacher Thomas Egan, winning the Primary School first prize of €1000. Judge Professor Stephen Curry commented: “Sooey National School’s video had good science content, with a very, very funny script and the kids were clearly having a lot of fun which makes the film hugely appealing.”

A full list of 2014 prizewinners can be found here

 

ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2013

2013 Judges
ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2013 Special Guest Judges (l-r: Prof. Andrea Brand, Gurdon Institute, Cambridge; Ciara Judge, Sophie Healy-Thow and Emer Hickey from Kinsale Community School, Cork. BTYSTE and EUCYS Winners 2013, Google Science Fair Winners 2014; Prof. Rhodri Ceredig, REMEDI, NUI Galway)

 

1st Place _Secondary Level ReelLife ScienceSecondary School Winner – Michael McAndrew, St Enda’s College, Galway. “Astrobiology – Life in Space”

In first place at Secondary school level, under the “Astrobiology” category, we have a stunning video called “Life in Space” created by the multi-talented St. Enda’s College Transition Year student Michael McAndrew, under the direction of Mr. Fahey and Mr. Conroy. This remarkable film combines a fantastic concept and animation style with an intelligent script, wonderful delivery and original score. The film describes the fascinating field of Astrobiology, encompassing the origin and future of life on earth and the search for extraterrestrial life in other “Goldilocks Zones”. The simple yet effective cartoon style could conceivably be used to explain a range of different scientific topics, and the ReelLife Science team can’t wait to see more of Michael’s excellent work. In Michael’s own words “it is very exciting what the future might bring us“.

Primary School Winner – Scoil Mhuire Rosmuc. “Scaipeadh Síolta”

In first place at Primary school level, under the “Habitats” category, we have a video as Gaeilge about Seed Dispersal called “Scaipeadh siolta i Rosmuc”. This memorable video was made by the 5th and 6th class students in Scoil Mhuire Rosmuc, under the direction of their teacher Ms. Ni Chonaola. The wonderfully produced video comes with an extremely impressive script, to which Ms. Ni Chonaola was kind enough to provide an English translation for non-Irish speakers. The students took a very specific topic in Seed Dispersal and Germination, and produced three very amusing and informative sketches demonstrating different methods of dispersal. Furthermore, they performed some experiments of their own on the various seeds they found, identifying the different traits associated with them, based on their method of dispersal.

A full list of 2013 prizewinners can be found here

 

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