The Young Scientist Film Awards is the annual COBIS science competition in partnership with National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in London. It is open to COBIS member schools and non-member schools for students in KS1-KS5. For this competition, students are asked to make an exciting film celebrating the diversity and excitement of science.
Awards will be presented for the “Best Filmed Experiment”, “Best Engineering” and “Best Overall” in KS1&2, KS3 and KS4&5. Don’t worry about choosing the category for your films; NPL will classify each film.
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See previous winners here.
The cost of entry for COBIS member schools is £150 for up to three films and £50 per additional film after this.
Non-member schools can enter for £200 for up to three films and then £75 per additional film. These costs are likely to be covered by the school.
Students may incur costs in making the film, but schools may be able to subsidize this or provide resources, such as equipment.
The student should have basic experience and knowledge relating to script writing, directing, acting, cinematography, planning, budgeting, and so on. Teams could be devised around individual skills, but it would be valuable for students to receive assistance and training for this from experienced film consultants.
They should also be skilled scientists. The skills required to go beyond having the scientific ability. In addition, students must be able to distil complex concepts into sound bites and short, relatable videos.
The bulk of the time commitment would be spent on researching and doing pre-production work on the chosen subject, and then on editing. The student should devote significant time to this as having a professional, high-quality edit will improve their chances of success immensely.
Schools can enter as many films as they like.
Before submitting films, schools should register their interest in the competition using the online registration form.
After registration, schools will be invited to submit their films online.
From November 2018: Register for competition at cobis.org.uk/ysfa
Before 22 February 2019: Get real scientists to provide feedback on a draft edit of your film(s)
Before 15 March 2019: Submit all final films for judging. If the film can be shared beyond judges (e.g. on the COBIS YouTube channel), please complete and return a release form. You will need to check with parents first, and you can use a consent form like this.
18-22 March 2019: COBIS will issue invoices to schools
10 April 2019: Check the COBIS YouTube channel to watch all the submissions
12 May 2019: The winning entries will be announced at the COBIS Annual Conference in London and on the COBIS website.