ReelLife Science, a novel science video competition, was recently launched in 316 primary and secondary schools by a team of NUI Galway staff and students.
The competition aims to involve school children in science in a fun way, developing their analytical, creative and communication skills, while enabling NUI Galway researchers and students to engage in outreach in an innovative manner.
The initiative was conceived by NUI Galway’s Dr Enda O’Connell, a winner of the inaugural “I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here, Ireland” competition in November 2012. Additional funding to expand the project was awarded by the NUI Galway Students’ Union EXPLORE Innovation Initiative and by the College of Science.
Now supported by a team of NUI Galway Science communicators, ReelLife Science will award a total of €1,000 in prizes, while winners will also be invited to attend the Galway Science and Technology Festival on Sunday, 24 November in NUI Galway, where their videos will be on display to the general public.
Short (one-three minute) videos may be submitted by all primary and secondary schools in Galway, and the 28 schools which participated in ‘I’m a Scientist, get me out of here, Ireland’ 2012. Videos will be judged by a panel of internationally recognised scientists, including Professor Rhodri Ceredig of REMEDI, NUI Galway and Professor Andrea Brand of the Gurdon Institute, Cambridge.
The closing date for submissions is Friday, 25 October. The winning videos will be displayed on the projects website, www.reellifescience.com, and Facebook and Twitter pages, where regular updates, Science news and blog posts can be found.
For further information visit www.reellifescience.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.