Video Competition: Making Science Simple!

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science made simple, is delighted to announce our first ever science video competition to make science simple!

To celebrate our 15th birthday this year, we are inviting you to create a video sharing your passion for science!

Our patron of 5 years, Prof. Jim Al-Khalili, explains why you should enter:

The Competition

To create a video explaining something in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) in under 60 seconds. Closing date 5pm 14th June.

Who can enter?

Absolutely anyone aged 6 and up can enter. We welcome entries from school groups, parents, teachers, students, scientists and YOU!

All you need is an interest in STEM, a desire to share that with other people, and a mobile phone to record yourself.

There are three categories:

Junior Category (Ages 6-11)

Secondary Category (Ages 11-18)

Open Category (Ages 18+)

You can enter as an individual, or in teams of two or three (in the age category of the oldest team member).

The rules

The video must:

  1. Answer a question on a STEM (science, technology engineering and maths) topic
  2. Be no longer than 60 seconds
  3. Be all your own work
  4. Not be boring

Why not try asking people you know what science questions they would like answered? Here are some ideas as a starting point:

How to enter

  1. Upload your video to YouTube
  2. Fill in our online application form, making sure you include the URL of your video


Judging Criteria

All videos will be judged for eligibility by the science made simple team. Any videos over 60 seconds, or containing any copyrighted material will be disqualified. This includes all music, images or video which has not been created by you.

You could explain a science question straight to the camera, you could speak over some video or images, you could animate something or you could use props to help you explain. It’s up to you! You don’t need any fancy equipment – you can make a great video using your phone camera (just remember to hold the phone landscape!)

The videos will then be shortlisted based on the following criteria:

  1. Content

Is the science accurate? Does the film explain a science question?

  1. Quality of the film

Good camera work? (Try to think about things like avoiding being too far away from the camera, or having a window behind the person on film) Is the audio clear? Presentation skills of any on-screen presenters? Quality of any pictures or animation used?

  1. Fun factor

Do I want to watch the film again or share it? Do I better understand a science question, or have you inspired me to find out more? Did it make me laugh or feel emotional?


1st prize in the junior and secondary categories

£50 for each winning team, plus a £200 cheque for their school science department (or for science provision for their home educator group)

 1st prize in the open category

£250 for the winning team

Judges Prizes

The judging panel will award additional prizes at their discretion to any other videos they feel are particularly worthy of recognition.

 All shortlisted teams will also receive a certificate


15th birthday event

 We will be playing all of the shortlisted videos at our 15th birthday party at the Senedd in Cardiff on July 5th, announcing the winners and giving out prizes.

We will cover transport costs up to £150 for shortlisted teams to attend. You do not need to attend to receive your award.

More information about our birthday event to follow.


If you have any questions, please drop us an email on


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