WASHINGTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Now entering its third year, the Kavli Science Video contest is an international middle and high school student competition that is held as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, and is sponsored by the Kavli Foundation. The contest is designed to challenge students to investigate science through video storytelling while promoting participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects. The video contest culminates in a popular awards show as part of the Festival, which returns to Washington, D.C. on April 25-27, 2014.
The USA Science & Engineering Festival, supported by presenting host sponsor Lockheed Martin, is the country’s only national science festival and the largest STEM outreach event in the world. The free nonprofit event is expected to draw over 300,000 attendees and is filled with hands-on exhibits, experiments, concerts, and talks from leading technology entrepreneurs, Nobel Prize winning scientists, Hollywood celebrities, astronauts, Fortune 500 CEOs, and many others.
For this year's contest, the USA Science & Engineering Festival and the Kavli Foundation have teamed with the Science & Entertainment Exchange program of the National Academy of Sciences to challenge students to explore how science is portrayed in the movies. Using scenes from popular science fiction movies and TV shows, and video games, students will create :30-:90 videos that investigate how science fictional scenes could be realized using current and developing technologies. Film industry and science expert online discussions will be launched in the fall of 2013 in conjunction with the video contest.
Students nationwide are invited to submit entries for the video contest, with cash awards and prizes for the top entries.
- Who Can Enter – Individual students or groups Grades 6-12, home school networks, after-school programs, science clubs or any other organization the student is representing for the purpose of the Kavli Science Video Contest.
- Types of Videos Eligible - Using scenes from popular science fiction movies and TV shows, students will create :30-:90 videos that investigate how science fictional scenes could be realized using current and developing technologies.
- Selection of Winners - Winning videos will be chosen by a panel of science and movie industry experts
- Prizes include: 1st- $2000; 2nd- $750; 3rd- $500; People's Choice $250. Additional Prizes include: Software from Wolfram Mathematica and Free training at Steve Wolfe's Stunt Ranch in Austin, TX.
- Deadlines – The contest officially opens for entries on Nov. 1, 2013 and closes Mar. 21, 2014.
ABOUT THE USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL:
The USA Science & Engineering Festival is the country’s only national science festival. It was developed to increase public awareness about the importance of science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and engineering by celebrating science in much the same way as we celebrate Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and pop stars. Lockheed Martin is the presenting host sponsor of the Festival, a grassroots collaboration of over 500 of the leading science and engineering corporations in the United States. For more information, visit www.USAScienceFestival.org, connect with the Festival on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @USAScienceFest.
About the Kavli Foundation
The Kavli Foundation is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity, promoting public understanding of scientific research, and supporting scientists and their work. The Foundation's mission is implemented through an international program of research institutes in the fields of astrophysics, nano science, neuroscience and theoretical physics, and through the support of conferences, symposia, endowed professorships, journalism workshops, education initiatives and other activities.