June 25, 2012 | 1
Remember MacGyver from the old TV series? He could build a laser from a pair of eyeglasses, a match, and some dental floss and then mount it on a shark, or so it seemed.
We’re not asking you to do that, exactly. Rather, we thought it’d be fun if science enthusiasts like you could explain science with a fixed set of props, just as the Iron Chef has cooks square off to devise creative dishes using a single ingredient.
Building off our video explainer series Instant Egghead, we’re calling this contest Iron Egghead.
Conducted in partnership with SciVee, a leading science-community video site, we want contestants to explain a part, process or system of the human body in two minutes or less. In addition to appearing on camera, contestants must use:
• Paper (or another equivalent writing surface)
• Pen (or other writing implement, such as a pencil or crayon)
• Rubber bands
• Paper clips
• String (or yarn, wire, etc.)
• Cups (eg., paper, styrofoam, ceramic or other type of container)
• Balls (eg., ping-pong ball, tennis ball, basketball)
A panel of judges will declare a winner, whose video will be featured on the Scientific American website along with runners-up. There will also be a viewer’s choice selection.
The contest starts today and remains open to October 31, 2012. We will announce winners in December. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Ready? Click here to read the official contest rules and guidelines at SciVee, which will also has instructions on how to upload your videos.