Winners of the Science Video Award and zdi robot competition

Environmental heroes at zdi: Talented students from NRW have been honored with the Science Video Award. The focus of the online award ceremony was on the young producers. Her message: MINT is fun - and it's cool to make videos about scientific topics. The winners of the autumn finals of the zdi robot competition were also chosen during the event. The final was split into two rounds due to the pandemic.

On November 06th, the time had come: The joint offensive for the future through innovation.NRW awarded the best science videos by students from NRW via live stream from Düsseldorf. The videos were evaluated by an expert jury consisting of the science YouTubers So Many Tabs and Breaking Lab as well as several MINT didactics and communication professionals.

Patron Klaus Kaiser, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Science NRW, was also impressed and was delighted to award the special prize "Environmental Heroes". The category was chosen in 2021 as the main theme for both the Science Video Awards as well as for the zdi robot competition. “zdi is about creating low-threshold offers and at the same time offering the opportunity to delve deep into the STEM world. Our competitions enable exactly that: The zdi robot competition gives those who have little experience a chance because we use a system that can be learned quite quickly. At the same time, those who are further along can also use more complex methods to solve the tasks. The same applies to the Science Video Award with its different categories. In addition, we also combine media competence with STEM knowledge here,” explained Klaus Kaiser.

New this year is the category "Best Science Clip", in which students could also submit short videos, as is common on TikTok and Instagram.

The YouTuber and Quarks moderator Dr. Flojo (Florence Randrianarisoa) moderated the virtual evening. Two things should be particularly celebrated with this award. Firstly, young people like to deal with MINT in their free time. Second: And they enjoy it! That's why they want to report about it.

These are the winners of the Science Video Awards 2021

"Environmental Heroes"

The "Environmental Heroes" category is the category that has been the main theme of the competition this year. Marike Skiba from Kerpen stood out from the rest in this category. The student won the Science Video Award last year with a video. In this year's film, she shows how nature manages to purify itself. The prize was presented by Klaus Kaiser, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry for Culture and Science NRW, patron of the Science Video Award: "I think your video is really great. You've managed to improve on your video from last year. The recordings are very impressive.”

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"Best Science Clip"

Here, students could submit short TikTok and Instagram videos. And the winner is Tim Stockhausen from Dusseldorf with an appeal to all of us: Don't just throw your mask on the floor! The video also won because of the creative idea of ​​using a robot to communicate this.

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"Best Explanation"

How can complex content be explained in a way that is understandable and still correct? Perhaps one of the most important questions in science communication. In the “Best Explanation” category, the jury selected the video “Health all about smartphones” by Leon Diederichs from Siegen declared the winner. Not only was the all-round view of the topic convincing, but also the language and presentation of the video.

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"Best Design"

The design also has its own category. This is essentially about the visualization of science content. won this year Julius Stümmler, Celine Stümmler, Luna Yu, Ebrar Dogan and Katharina Prior from Geseke. In the video "From the cow to the packaging", not only the questions about alternatives to conventional plastic are exciting, but the jury particularly liked the visual processing with graphics and animation elements.

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"Funniest Video"

Those who delve deeper into chemistry know that the STEM subject is anything but dry. Nils Steinkamp and his class from Borken proved that with an entertaining chain reaction embedded in a funny story and thus also convinced the jury. "A Chain of Unfortunate Events" won in the "Funniest Video" category.

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These are the winners of the zdi robot competition

During the event, the winners of the second final of the zdi robot competition chosen. Since many teams had too little opportunity to prepare for a final before the summer holidays due to the pandemic in spring, zdi.NRW offered a second date. The hybrid format was gratefully accepted by the young people. Teams submitted their robotic runs via video on a deadline; a jury then evaluated the rounds. Klaus Kaiser also honored the teams of the zdi robot competition and thanked the students for their commitment.

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