Let’s get you ready to make your video for the Discovery and 3M’s Young Scientist and Science Teacher Challenge by looking at one of last year’s finalist’s videos and another by one of the Wizards in Training (WIT). The finalist’s video I want you to watch is the second one down “How Do Parabolic Reflectors Work?” Keep in mind that this is part of the finalists’ competition and was shot under controlled circumstances with a static camera, no cuts or edits, so that each contestant is on equal footing for this round. But to get this far, you need to creatively sell the judges on your knowledge of the concept and your ability to convey it to others.
A better example of what an entry video should look like is the third one down, “Bernouli’s Principle.” With computer access and time to edit, this young WIT can start with a head shot introduction, go to the board – so to speak, speed up his writing, use a model plane as a prop, and then head over to the sink to reinforce the principle.
Think how the first young scientist could have edited his video to include a tighter shot for his introduction and then going to close-ups when explaining the shape of the reflector and the temperature at the focal point. With appropriate permissions he could also have added pictures or footage of solar farms that use parabolic reflectors to collect and focus the sun’s rays, maybe even overlaying some arrows and diagramming to show in, out and the focal point.
Don’t forget that Hall Davidson’s first webinar to help teachers prepare their video entries is on Thursday, April 17th at 8:00 eastern. There will be another webinar on April 21st at 2:00 eastern just for students. See the entire schedule and register here. And on April 26th watch four of last year’s Young Scientist Challenge finalists matching wits with the Myth Busters on the Science Channel.