Today, with support from NUI Galway and Science Foundation Ireland, we’re launching an online science video competition for schools and youth organisations called ‘ReelLIFE SCIENCE @ HOME’. The programme encourages young people to think about the science and technology in their everyday lives in a creative way, while learning some new communication and digital skills at the same time.
While practising social distancing at home, students can research a STEM topic such as ‘Healing the Body’, ‘Climate Action’, ‘How Things Work’, ‘Science on the Farm’ or ‘Science and Me’, and produce a one minute video to engage and educate the public. Videos can be in English or Irish and from just one student, or many, if video clips are edited together.
The best video will win €1000 for the school or youth organisation they are representing and will be screened for the public at the Galway Science and Technology Festival in November.
Since 2013, more than 13,000 young people have taken part in ReelLIFE SCIENCE in over 400 schools and groups around Ireland, and we have awarded over €25,000 directly to schools and youth organisations.
Closing date for entries is Friday May 29th and, on our ‘How to Enter’ page, you will find lots of information about taking part, including links to previous years’ winning videos and advice on producing and submitting a video to the competition. I’ve attached our 2020 Flyer, How to Enter guide and Brainstorming/Storyboarding sheets here, while you can view a one minute ‘What is ReelLIFE SCIENCE @ HOME’ video on our YouTube channel demonstrating the different styles and approaches taken by previous participants.
Enda O’Connell, PhD,
Senior Technical Officer,
College of Science and Engineering,
National University of Ireland, Galway,