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Navan students scoop science film award

Nov 17, 2023

ReelLIFE SCIENCE Director Dr Enda O’Connell and BT Young Scientist winners Liam Carew and Shane O’Connor with Gabriel McCrystal, Frankie Zak and Shaun Irimpan from Coláiste Na Mí, Navan, Co Meath.

A short film made by three transition year students from Coláiste na Mí in Johnstown, Navan, has won first prize in the post primary category at the 11th Annual ReelLife Science Awards in University of Galway.

The event took place on Sunday 12th November as part of Science Week 2023 and the 26th Galway Science and Technology Festival.

Transition Year students Gabriel McCrystal, Shaun Irimpan and Frankie Zak were named the winners of the post-primary section to claim a €1,000 prize. Their short film, ‘This is Bob’, dramatised the effects of vaping on young people.

The short film ‘This is Bob’ submitted by Colaiste na Mi students Gabriel McCrystal, Shaun Irimpan and Frankie Zak.

More than 400 short science films were entered into the competition created by 2,600 young science enthusiasts in 131 schools and youth groups across the island of Ireland.

Winning videos were selected by a panel of guest judges including science communicator and engineer Dr Niamh Shaw; RTÉJr TV presenter and scientist Mark ‘The Science Guy’ Langtry; and the 2023 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition winners, Liam Carew and Shane O’Connor.

Addressing the finalists at the event via video message, competition judge Dr Niamh Shaw said: “I have every faith that we have a very healthy future ahead of us because we have a country full of really great science explainers. Never lose that passion that you have to share how you understand science and how you see the world.”

The ReelLife Science programme challenges young people in schools and youth groups across the island of Ireland to engage with science and technology while developing their communication and digital skills, by producing short educational videos for the public.

Founding Director Dr Enda O’Connell said: “Congratulations to all the winners, but also to every young person who demonstrated their passion for science and science communication by taking part in ReelLife Science this year. A special word of thanks to all the teachers and youth workers who nurture this passion, and through these videos, engage, inform and inspire the public.”