The Eureka! Science and Technology Video Awards are an exciting new addition to the Eureka Trust STEM pathway. To enter the Video Awards contestants will produce a video up to five minutes in length that tells a story about how a scientific or technological idea is being or could be applied in their community to increase its commercial, scientific or environmental wealth and well-being. Contestants can work in groups of up to three people in order to plan, shoot and edit their video. The Video Awards are intended to engage students in how science and technology is relevant to their local community through the use of digital technology.

Below you can find a fantastic guide for creating your entry prepared by our friends at Execam.

You will be provided with a link to submit your video after you have registered. If you no longer have access to the link contact us at info@eureka.org.nz.

 
 

Entry Conditions

The Eureka Video Awards is open to all students from year 7 through to year 13.

Students may work in groups of up to 3 participants.

Videos submitted for this competition shall not exceed 5 minutes in length.

Students must submit all work by the due date, including any required certifications from a teacher or parent.

All key roles in the creation of the video, including but not limited to research, script writing, story boarding, directing, editing and special effects, shall be completed by students.

The closing credits of the video will identify the name of the school or schools which the students attend and the name, role and year group of each participating student. 

A teacher or mentor from the contestant’s school shall present written certification to the organisers that the video was the exclusive work of the students whose names appear as participants.

Final date for Entries to be submitted in 2017

30 September, 2017

Judging Criteria

Students will be assessed on:

  • The clarity of the story line in the video
  • The clarity of the explanation of the science and technology and the explanation of how it could be or is being applied to their local community
  • The accuracy of the science or technology
  • Innovation and creativity of their approach to visual and audio presentation 

Eligibility for NCEA Achievement Credits

Students may agree with their teachers to submit their finished mini-documentary for assessment under the NCEA Level 3 Achievement Standard 91495 Media Studies - Produce a media product to meet the requirements of a brief

 

Created in partnership with long time Eureka! sponsor Execam this Video Awards Workshop will guide you through the process of planning, shooting, editing, exporting and uploading your video. If you need any help with any of the steps please don't hesitate to get in contact with using the form at the end of this tutorial. 

Shooting

 

This section will tech you how to shoot your video submission for the Eureka! Video Awards. The video at the top will give you all the key information and below that we will take a deeper dive into some of the points.

 

Planning

Planning will be key to creating your video. The latest version of the criteria and requirements can be found here and the full event and competition rules can be found here.

Filming 

You don't need to buy lots of fancy equipment, to create a great Eureka! Video, use your imagination to come up with innovative ways to get the shot you need. For example, if your using a smartphone to film, instead of buying a tripod you can cut a slot out of a foam cup and use that to hold the camera to get a stable shot. If you need to film something while moving consider using a skateboard as a camera dolly and pull it along with a bungee cord or piece of elastic to make your shot nice and smooth.


Examples Techniques You Can Use to Create Your Video

Editing

 

Here we will teach you how to take your collection of video and audio files and turn them into a great Eureka! Video Awards entry.

 

Editing Tools

The types of devices that you have access to will effect the video editing software that you can use.

If you or your school pays for Adobe's creative products you may have access to Premier Pro which is a powerful piece of software available for Windows and MacOS computers. 

MacOS computers and iPads come free with iMovie.

Two free options for Windows computers are Lightworks, which markets itself as putting professional quality tools within reach of everyone, and VideoPad Video Editor, if you are looking for something a bit simpler.

If you are familiar with another video editing package, or if you find other software you prefer, feel free to use that instead.

Editing Tutorials

The tutorials linked below will help you get started with video editing in your software package. Search around on Google and YouTube to find more tutorials or if you are trying to do something specific.


Examples of Different Editing Techniques


 

Exporting Your Video

If you try to send us your video without exporting it first it will take a long time for you to upload it. Also, your video is going to be uploaded to YouTube so to make the process as smooth as possible there are a couple of things we need you to set before you export your video.

Most common applications will have presets for exporting to YouTube and you should be able to find tutorials online for exporting in your specific video editing software.

  • Adobe Premier Pro - Has YouTube presets. Make sure you select the correct YouTube preset based on the resolution and frame rate of your source files.
  • Lightworks - Has a YouTube preset. There is an "Exporting your Work Tutorial" here.
  • VideoPad - Has an exporting tutorial here.

If you can’t find a tutorial for your software use the following settings where possible:

  • Video Codec - ‘H.264’
  • Audio Codec -‘AAC-LC’
  • File type or container - ‘.MP4’.
  • YouTube uses a 16:9 aspect ratio, so if you want your video to be played without black bars around it please set the resolution accordingly. This will most likely be 1920x1080 (1920 pixels by 1080 pixels, commonly known as 1080p).
  • You should leave the frame rate the same as what you recorded in, it will most likely be 24 or 30 frames per second.

It is best to watch your video all the way through, after you have exported it, to make sure that it has exported correctly.

If you are having any problems with the exporting process don't hesitate to get in touch with us using the button below. 
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To submit your video you need to register you team using the button below. After that you will get a link to where you can upload your video to us, if you lose the link get in contact with us at info@eureka.org.nz.

 
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