2013-2015

Since launching in 2013, more than 5,000 students and teachers have taken part in ReelLIFE SCIENCE in almost 200 schools around Ireland.

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.

2015 Special Guest Judges

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Canadian Astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield (Photo credit: Aengus McMahon Photography)

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Prof. Aoife McLysaght, Molecular Evolution Lab, Trinity College Dublin

Ian O'Sullivan and Eimear Murphy, 2015 BTYSTE Winners. (Photo credit Fennel Photography)

Ian O’Sullivan and Eimear Murphy, 2015 BTYSTE Winners. (Photo credit Fennel Photography)

2015 Winning Videos and Presentations

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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.”

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An animated, bilingual video called ‘Ag Dearadh an Todhchaí’, examined the Science Week 2015 theme ‘Design Your Future’ predicting the future for medicine, space travel and even teleportation. Claiming the €300 second prize at primary level, the video was made by 4th and 5th class students and teacher Brian Ó Meacháin, in Gaelscoil Riabhach, Baile Locha Riach, Co. na Gaillimhe. Prof. McLysaght said “The stop-motion animation is really lovely; along with the clear narration, this video is very charming.

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In second place at secondary level, a “well-narrated” animation with “excellent drawing” from Transition Year student Anna Deprisse (with guidance from teacher Julia White), entitled ‘Marie Curie: Heroine of Science’ impressed the judges, winning €300 for Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny.

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In third place at primary level, winning €200, were the 5th and 6th classes from Sooey NS, Co. Sligo, with ‘Ninja Nematodes’, introducing us to some of the creatures living in our soil, a “complicated topic explained very well through a brilliant production.” No strangers to the competition, Sooey NS students, guided by teacher Thomas Egan, won ReelLIFE SCIENCE in 2014.

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Killina Secondary School Light‘, a “humorous look at the properties of light” by Fifth Year students Eoghan Donoghue and Sean Paul Fenlon, under the direction of science teacher Joe Varley, earned Killina Presentation Secondary School, Tullamore, Co. Offaly the third prize of €200 at secondary level.

2014 Promotional Video

Written by Enda O’Connell, NUI Galway. Produced by Michael McAndrew, St Enda’s College, Galway

 2014 Special Guest Judges

Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, School of Mathematical Science, UCD. (Photo credit: Barry McCall)

Prof. Stephen Curry, Imperial College, London

Prof. Stephen Curry, Imperial College, London

Paul Clarke, St. Paul's College, Raheny (Photo credit Chris Bellew, Fennell Photography)

Paul Clarke, St. Paul’s College, Raheny. BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition Winners 2014. (Photo credit Chris Bellew, Fennell Photography)

2014 Winning Videos and Presentations

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.”

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‘Lise Meitner, the Science Hero that time forgot’ tells the story of Austrian Physicist Lise Meitner, who many people believe should have shared the 1944 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work with Nobel Laureate Otto Hahn on “the discovery of the fission of heavy nuclei.” This video was made by Transition Year students from Rosses Community School, Dungloe, Co. Donegal under the direction of their teacher Michelle Gallagher, winning €300 for their school.

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ChemKids‘ explores the Science Week 2014 theme ‘The Power of Science’ and was made by all the students (from junior infants to 6th class) of Scoil Eoin, Tahilla, Co. Kerry, with the help of their teacher Doireann Healy, winning €300 for their school’s science programme.

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‘Gravity in a Nutshell’ was made by Transition Year students in Causeway Comprehensive School, Co. Kerry, under the guidance of teacher Jennifer Barry, winning €200.

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‘All You Need Are Worms’ was submitted by Fourth class students of Rush and Lusk Educate Together National School in Dublin, with the help of their teacher Simon McConkey (pictured), winning €200.

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An additional publicly voted prize, sponsored by Medical Supply Company, is awarded to students of St. Michael’s House Special National School in Ballymun, Dublin 9 who, with the help of their teacher Melanie McInerney (pictured), made the wonderful video ‘Trees: Properties and Uses’.

2013 Promotional Video

Written by Enda O’Connell, NUI Galway. Produced by Marie Carkill, Alex Corrigan, Ciara Keighron, Zagros Barzenda, Cariosa Switzer, NUI Galway Biotechnology

2013 Special Guest Judges

young scientistsCiara Judge, Emer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow. Kinsale Community School, Cork. BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition Winners 2013.

Prof. Andrea Brand, Gurdon Institute, Cambridge

Prof. Rhodri Ceredig, REMEDI, NUI Galway

2013 Winning Videos and Presentations

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

1st Place _Premary Level ReelLife SciencePrimary School Winner – Scoil Mhuire Rosmuc. “Scaipeadh Síolta”

2ed Place _secondary Level ReelLife ScienceSecondary School Runners-up – Mark Gilligan, Josh Pyne, Alan Duggan, Shane Hastings, Colm Barry, St Mary’s College, Galway. “The Future for Stem Cells”


2ed Place _Premary Level ReelLife SciencePrimary School Runner Up – Cloghans Hill National School “Germ Busters”

3ed Place _Secondary Level ReelLife ScienceSecondary School 3rd Place – Natasha Feery Byrne, Claregalway College, Galway. “Littering”


3ed Place _Premary Level ReelLife SciencePrimary School 3rd Place – Belmont National School. “Five Senses

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