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USA Science & Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Contest

TOP 10 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED! Here they are in alphabetical order: Chris and Celena Chambers, Houston, TX : Science is Cool! Know your Science Yanqi Chen Team, York, PA : The Physics of Basketball Vanessa Garza Team, Roma , TX : A Dollar Smoothie Kelsey Good Team, Bethesda, MD : Why is Science Cool" by Holton Engineering Anthony Livingston, San Marcos, CA : Why Science is Cool- Where is Your Lab? Nicholas La Joie, Van Buren, ME : Why Science is Cool- Science Experiments Amanda MacCartney, Orwell, OH : Why Science is Cool Michael McRoskey, Solana Beach, CA : The Appliance of Science Belén Mella, Sunny Isles Beach, FL : Science Knows it All Aishwarya Raja Team, Ramsey, NJ : Science is so Fly PEOPLE'S CHOICE Award Sherry Chen and Emily Forster, Potomac, MD : Colorama! Find out who the winners are on Sunday, October 24, 2010, 4:15pm, at the Science Video Extravaganza Location: Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, as part of the Expo on the National Mall ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ K-12 Students: Tell us why Science is Cool! Enter now for the USA Science & Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Contest! Have your video screened on the National Mall, win prize money and possibly even a trip to the Expo on the National Mall! Do you think Science is cool? Do you want to share your passion for science with others? Here is your chance to inspire thousands of people to be more curious, and to care about science & engineering the way you do: create a short video that explores the question “Why is Science Cool?” We are seeking videos that are creative, surprising, and “contagious” in terms of spreading your enthusiasm about science to others. Videos might explore a scientific concept, show us the wonders of nature, give us a glimpse into the future, show us what scientific discovery has done for us in the past or will do for us in the future, introduce us to a great scientist or engineer, tell us why you think science is so cool or simply show us why we should care about science and/or engineering. A panel of distinguished judges will select the most outstanding videos to receive 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize. In addition, the People’s Choice Award will be voted on by the public. The winning videos will also be screened during the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall and at other key Festival events. Sponsored by the Kavli Foundation and conducted in partnership with SciVee, the contest opens on April 1, 2010 and closes on August 31, 2010. Prizes 1st prize: $1,000*, plus $500 electronics gift certificate OR HD Camcorder (valued up to $500) (plus a travel stipend to travel to Washington DC for the Expo!**) 2nd prize: $500*, plus $250 electronics gift certificate 3rd prize: $250*, plus $125 electronics gift certificate People’s Choice Award: $250* In addition, the winning videos will be screened during the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall and at other key Festival events. *All prize money to go towards science education at the students’ school, home school network, after-school program, science club or any other organization the student is representing for the purpose of this contest. HD Camcorder and gift certificate(s) go directly to the student, or student team. **Amount of travel stipend will vary based on location of the winner(s). The Kavli Foundation will present the winner(s) with their award check during a ceremony as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall on October 23 and 24, 2010. The requirements are that the video:
  • be made for educational purposes
  • be in .mov or .wmv digital video format
  • be more than 30 seconds and less than 90 seconds long
  • be suitable for public display
  • does not violate copyright law (all material must be your original work)
  • is all done by you, the student, or by a team of students – yes, we are encouraging team videos!
USA Science & Engineering Festival website
or download the PDF here. Here’s how to upload your video: 1. Go to and login to Scivee. You will need to register if you're not already a user on SciVee. 2. Follow the video upload process:
  • Mark your entry as a "video only."
  • Give your video’s title, a short description, and list its authors/producers
  • Choose the appropriate audience and subject areas.
3. When asked to enter “tags”, make sure you put USASEF. You may also enter other tags. For example, if you used Science Buddies or a Science Buddies project, add SCIBUD as a tag. 4. Click “finish” to upload your video. 5. Then go to the USA Science & Engineering Festival website at to submit your registration form. On the registration form, you will be asked to enter the link to your video on SciVee, and the name of your file. You MUST submit a registration form through the USA Science & Engineering Festival website to enter for the contest. 6. Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2010, 11:59pm EST. People's Choice Award Voting for the People’s Choice award is easy (limited to one vote per person): make sure you are registered and logged into the SciVee site and then view the videos. Click the star rating you prefer under each video that you review. A “Thank You for Voting” notice will appear and your vote will be recorded toward the total for the People’s choice award. You may only vote once for each video. For questions regarding the contest, please contact Stacy Jannis at For technical issues please contact

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Sep 20, 2010 Top 10 Finalists and People's Choice
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