Thanks to following Australian herpetologist Brian Grieg Fry on Facebook, I found out about the recently wrapped up student science video contest sponsored by Dr. Karl from the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) called the 2011 Sleek Geeks Eureka Science Schools Prize, a part of the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, Australia's most comprehensive science awards. It is also sponsored by the University of Sydney.
Here are more details about the contest, including sponsors, prizes and information for next year! http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/eureka/index.shtml
Check out the winners here http://www.abc.net.au/science/sleekgeeks/eureka/2011/
According to ABC:
"The idea is to communicate a scientific concept(s) in a way that is accessible and entertaining while painlessly increasing the public's science knowledge or, as the Sleek Geeks like to say: "Learn something without even noticing".
Entries take the form of a one to three minute video piece and a 250 word description of the content, and may be produced by an individual student or a group of up to six students. This prize is about content and creativity, not production values!"
Secondary school category
- Winner: The sensational snake by Brandon Gifford
- Second place: Neuroplasticity by Jack McDonald
Primary school category
- Winner: The life cycle of a stick insect by Anastasia Kennett
- Second place: Why the fish could not cross the road by Jack Allan, Bodhi Genis, Emile Scheffers, Yanik Scheffers, Acacia Smith and Jules Tait
Again, check out all the winners here http://www.abc.net.au/science/sleekgeeks/eureka/2011/
They had some fabulous substantial cash prizes for the winners. Sponsored by a broadcasting company, a University, a bookstore and more, I am very impressed at Australia's interest in getting kids involved in science.
Even though this children's science contest is closed for the year, remember that there are two still open for entries. Check them out!
Turn on your cameras and share your science knowledge!