NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

About the Contest

NASA Earth Science missions are kicking off a new video contest engaging high school age students to produce a video communicating NASA Earth Science to younger students. Students are consuming over 10 hours of media a day and video is increasingly important to communicate and inform about science. NASA is looking for talented High School students to create videos that engage students in Earth Science.

Winners will have their videos posted on NASA’s website. They will also get the opportunity to be a NASA Producer working with NASA scientists and communication experts in July 2014 to produce an Earth Science feature video.

Who can enter?

The contest is open to residents of the United States ages 13 to 18 on or before October 14, 2013. Submissions can be by individuals or teams.

What is the subject of the video?

Produce a two-minute video for a middle school audience that communicates one of the following science concepts:

  1. How Ice Impacts Climate and Climate Impacts Ice
  2. Forest Fire Effects on Air Quality
  3. Water of the Water Planet

How do I submit?

  1. Create a video explaining one of the science topics. Be sure to use NASA components including audio clips, animations, visualizations, or satellite images.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube and tag with “NASAREELscience2014” by 11:59pm EST on February 21, 2014.
  3. Within 72 hours you will receive a comment on your video that your video has been submitted.
  4. Finalists will be selected by March 31, 2014. Finalists will be required to send their video file to NASA along with a supplied contest Submission Release Form by 11:59pm EST on April 15, 2014.
  5. Winners will be announced April 30, 2014 on our website.

When is the deadline?

Videos must be uploaded and tagged with “NASAREELscience2014” on YouTube by 11:59pm EST February 21, 2014.

How will the videos be judged?

NASA producers, communications experts, and scientists will be judging the videos for science accuracy, creativity, use of NASA data, and video quality. Videos that are inaudible, blurry, or contain resources (other than NASA imagery) that are not original will be immediately disqualified. (See contest guidelines for more details.)

 How will finalists be notified?

inalists will receive a comment on their YouTube video by March 31, 2014. Check YouTube after March 31st to see if you have been selected. Finalists will have 15 days to submit their video file and waiver via email to NASA. Videos with waivers not received by 11:59pm EST April 15th will be disqualified.

What are the prizes?

Winning videos will announced on April 30, 2014 and posted on the NASA website. Winners will get the opportunity to work remotely with NASA producers and communications experts on a current NASA Earth Science Story in July 2014. Participation will include access to NASA personnel through webinars and online communication tools (e.g., Skype). Final produced stories will be posted on a NASA website and have the chance of being highlighted on See contest guidelines for required release forms


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