Fusion power, black holes, dandelions & Corona - The winners of the Science Video Awards

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.

On November 23rd, the time had come: The joint offensive for the future through innovation.NRW awarded the best science videos by schoolchildren from NRW via live stream from the University of Cologne. The videos were evaluated by an expert jury consisting of the science YouTubers Doctor Whatson 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 MINT@Home special prize. The category was first launched in 2020 to encourage young people to produce science videos at home during the lockdown. "So much knowledge, so much attention to detail and a good dose of humor - that's what distinguishes the winners. I am impressed by all the young people who show with their videos that the STEM subjects are anything but boring and dry. On the contrary: They are of enormous importance in our society. And I think it's great how talented the young filmmakers are!” he said in the laudatory speech and in the discussion with students.

The YouTuber duo LekkerWissen moderated the virtual evening. Despite the physical distance, the two YouTubers managed to engage and inspire all participants. In order to protect all laudators and students, the prize was awarded via an online video conference and presented in parallel via live stream on YouTube.

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 proud winners and their science videos

"Galactic Good"

Whether tutorial or space experiment: In this category, young people could share their enthusiasm for space travel and research. From the Starlight quiz to the explanatory film about weightlessness: the submitted videos didn't make it easy for the jury. But with her good explanation and visually high-quality presentation on the topic "What is a black hole" that has changed Team around Franka Klumps, Hanna Gehring and Niels Bertling from the Gymnasium Dionysianum Rheine prevailed and was able to win the category, the title of which also comes from this year's zdi robot competition. The award was presented by YouTuber Jacob Beautemps.

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"MINT@home"

With the call: "Show us your experiments from the homeschooling time. Whether programmed robot or elephant toothpaste: did you shoot an Insta story or a TikTok video? Submit it now.” the special category “MINT@Home” was introduced for the first time in 2020 due to Corona. Marike Skiba and Simon Peters from the Europagymnasium Kerpen received the award digitally from Klaus Kaiser, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Science North Rhine-Westphalia: "Nowadays, good science communication can also be designed from the living room. The winning duo put their homeschooling time to good use and demonstrated new digital skills by producing an amazing video about something very mundane: the dandelion.”

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Winners in the "Open Category"

"Best Explanation"

Especially in times of fake news, the jury was particularly pleased that so many students submitted well-researched contributions. The film “Coronavirus” stood out. Shown with great attention to detail Leon Diederichs and his team from Siegenhow the coronavirus spreads and what a virus is. In doing so, they far exceeded the expectations of scientific communication and used the modern narrative style of a staged protagonist as a narrator to make science tangible for the audience. The prize was presented by Arne Klauke from the zdi regional office.

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"Best Design"

Just looking at the preview image made it clear to the jury: creative finesse was used here. Till Koppe and Yashdeep Multani from the Oberpleis comprehensive school in Königswinter have devoted themselves to the power of fusion and visually staged this quite demanding topic in an excellent way. The film team explained how the fusion power works with good animations. The prize was presented by YouTuber Klaus Russel-Wells (Joul).

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"Funniest Video"

Music meets MINT is not possible? Oh but. Because instruments and melodies are based on MINT. With the amusingly staged art figure of the “Shark with the Shawm”, the team Hannah Haverkamp and Leif Martinmaas from the Moritz Fontaine Comprehensive School from Rheda-Wiedenbrück create something you want more of. With lots of humor, the team blends modern narrative and character patterns to blend STEM and music. The award was presented by Prof. Dr. Andre Bresges (Professor for Physics Didactics).

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