Roscommon primary school wins prize for ReelLIFE SCIENCE video

Scoil na nAingeal Naofa from Boyle, Co. Roscommon claimed third prize in the ReelLIFE Science Video Competition Awards, which took place last Friday, with their video ‘The Weight of the World’.

The awards honoured young Irish filmmakers as part of Science Week 2021 and the Galway Science and Technology Festival.

Almost 500 short science films were entered into the competition by over 3,000 science enthusiasts from 135 schools and youth groups in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Winning videos were selected by a panel of guest judges including NASA astronaut Colonel Greg Johnson, UCD Professor of Zoology Emma Teeling and the 2021 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition winner, Greg Tarr from Bandon Grammar School in Cork.

Fifth class students from Gaelscoil Riabhach in Loughrea, Co. Galway, along with their teacher Brian Ó Meacháin, won the €1,000 first prize at Primary School level for their Irish language video ’An Córas Díleá (The Digestive System)’.

Addressing the young filmmakers at the awards ceremony, Professor Emma Teeling, said: “It has been such a fantastic pleasure to view all of your videos – they’re wonderful! It really gives me hope for our future if the youth of Ireland are studying science and understanding science and producing these videos that can communicate science to the world”.

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

The winning videos can be viewed at www.reellifescience.com and https://youtu.be/JUV5TTLiXPg.