Young Galway filmmakers triumph in ReelLIFE SCIENCE competition

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Galway Daily news Young Galway filmmakers triumph in ReelLIFE SCIENCE competition
ReelLIFE SCIENCE Director Dr Enda O’Connell and SFI Director General Professor Philip Nolan with teacher Brian Ó Meacháin and students from Gaelscoil Riabhach, Loughrea, Co. Galway. Credit - Andrew Downes, XPOSURE

There were three big Galway winners at the latest ReelLIFE SCIENCE video competition celebrating young filmmakers.

The 11th annual ReelLIFE SCIENCE competition took place at the University of Galway as part of Science Week 2023 and the 26th Galway Science and Technology Festival.

More than 400 short science films were entered into the competition created by 2,600 young science enthusiasts in 131 schools and youth groups across the island of Ireland.

1st Place among Primary Schools went to the talented fourth class students of Gaelscoil Riabhach in Loughrea, along with their teacher Brian Ó Meacháin.

The took home the €1,000 top prize for their video ‘Creatha Talún’ explaining earthquakes and visualising volcanoes.

In the special categories awards, the Teamwork Award went to Bullaun National School in Loughrea, and the Science in Real Life Award went to Foróige Eastside Youth Service, Galway.

Winning videos were selected by a panel of guest judges including science communicator and engineer Dr Niamh Shaw; RTÉJr TV presenter and scientist Mark ‘The Science Guy’ Langtry; and the 2023 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition winners, Liam Carew and Shane O’Connor.

Addressing the finalists at the event via video message, Dr Shaw said, “I have every faith that we have a very healthy future ahead of us because we have a country full of really great science explainers.”

“Never lose that passion that you have to share how you understand science and how you see the world.”

The ReelLIFE SCIENCE programme challenges young people in schools and youth groups across the island of Ireland to engage with science and technology while developing their communication and digital skills, by producing short educational videos for the public.

Since being launched in 2013 by a team of scientists from the University of Galway College of Science and Engineering, this challenge has been met by over 26,000 young people, supported by teachers and staff in 750 schools and youth groups.

ReelLIFE SCIENCE Founding Director Dr Enda O’Connell said: “Congratulations to all the winners, but also to every young person who demonstrated their passion for science and science communication by taking part in ReelLIFE SCIENCE this year.”

“A special word of thanks to all the teachers and youth workers who nurture this passion, and through these videos, engage, inform and inspire the public.”