ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2018

The winners of the nationwide ReelLIFE SCIENCE video competition were announced during Science Week 2018 as Powerscourt National School, Co. Wicklow, Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny, and Lackagh Foroige group from Co. Galway. Winning videos were selected from a total of 175 entries made by 1,250 young people in more than 80 schools and community groups around Ireland, by a panel of judges including aeronautical engineer and astronaut-candidate Norah Patten, BT Young Scientist and Technologist of the Year 2018, Simon Meehan and comedian and TV presenter Dara Ó Briain, who said: “I was delighted to be a guest judge in this year’s competition and see how much enthusiasm, knowledge and energy is pouring out of Science classes across the country!”

Since being launched in 2013 by Dr. Enda O’Connell and a team of 7 NUI Galway science students and staff, more than 10,000 participants in 350 schools and groups around Ireland have taken part, showing their passion for science, while developing their communication and digital skills. This year, a team of 101 NUI Galway students, academics and support staff volunteered with the programme, which is supported by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover programme, the Community Knowledge Initiative, the CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices, the Cell EXPLORERS programme and the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science.

Special guest judge Norah Patten said of the programme “I think this is a fantastic initiative because the students are not only learning about a scientific topic – they are also developing skills to communicate what they’ve learnt. These types of hands on, practical projects will be really valuable as they progress through to the next stage of their career.”

Other prize winners included:
• Gaelscoil Riabhach from Loughrea, Co. Galway;
• Scoil Mhuire gan Smál from Carlow;
• St. Mary’s College Galway;
• Skerries Community College from Dublin;
• Westside Youth Project from Galway;
• Galway Parkinsons Association.

All videos can be viewed at www.reellifescience.com and will be shown to the general public as part of the Galway Science and Technology Exhibition, held in NUI Galway on Sunday, 25 November.

Seán Janson and other members of the Lackagh Foróige group with ReelLIFE SCIENCE Director Dr. Enda O’Connell and Cell EXPLORERS Director Dr. Muriel Grenon at the 21st Galway Science and Technology Festival Exhibition in NUI Galway.

ReelLIFE SCIENCE Director Dr. Enda O’Connell, Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny sixth year students Emer Tobin and Katherine Morrow, and Cell EXPLORERS Director Dr. Muriel Grenon at the 21st Galway Science and Technology Festival Exhibition in NUI Galway

Students from Powerscourt NS, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow with teacher Rachael Kinkead, Science Foundation Ireland Senior Executive Laurie Ryan and ReelLIFE SCIENCE Director Dr. Enda O’Connell at the 21st Galway Science and Technology Festival Exhibition in NUI Galway