At the end of June, the Child and Youth Technology Center Dortmund (KITZ.do) called for the video competition for the first time under the motto "Picture your MINT!". The winners were chosen at the beginning of September.
The Dortmund zdi school laboratory KITZ.do called for a video film competition at the beginning of the summer holidays. The idea came up at the beginning of the Corona Pandemic, when the first measures to contain the virus were introduced. "With this competition, we want to create a platform that shows how much competence young people already have in using digital media and give them an incentive to use them for the MINT areas as well," says Dr. Ulrike Martin, head of the zdi school laboratory. All participants could win hands-on prizes. The winners could win the KITZ.do experiments case and a self-construction model of a Mars robot.
Commitment and quality inspire the jury
All submitted entries were evaluated in advance by a three-person jury. Part of the jury, alongside Dr. Ulrike Martin, Prof. Metin Tolan, Professor for Experimental Physics at the TU Dortmund, and Dr. Marcel Beller from the association "Business associations of the metal industry in Dortmund and the surrounding area". Originally only two categories were intended, but the commitment of a family that submitted three entries persuaded the jury to award a special prize for families.
"With the prize we want to recognize the special commitment of an entire family, from which three children aged 6, 11 and 13 took part. We are very happy about this wonderful private STEM sponsorship within the family,” says Prof. Metin Tolan. In addition to the family prize, winners were chosen in two other categories. Two girls won the 11-14 age group with a film about the body's "immune defence". In the category 15-21 years, 17-year-old Hakon Wessling was able to convince the jury with his film about "Chemielumineszens". The three winners were praised by the jury for their expertise and creative implementation in the videos.
New year new chance
Originally, the "Picture your MINT!" competition was only intended to be a one-time "extra" in the program of the school laboratory. But due to the great entries, the jury agreed that the competition must also take place next year. "The entries impressed us so much that we would like to announce the MINT video competition "Picture your MINT!" again next year, maybe even annually from now on," said Dr. Marcel Beller. The winning videos of the competition were made available to everyone on the KITZ.do YouTube channel.
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