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Science Your Future Competition


Please refer to the guidelines for completing your video and essay submissions for the competition. These will help students (and teachers) with their competition entries and give them the best chance of being a futurist finalist!

Video Guidelines

Preparing Content

  • Write an outline brief (in English)
  • Title of your video presentation
  • Content should cover three sequences: Introduction, Content and Closing.
  • Choose one of the five questions below to be the content of your video:
  • Think about what can be said with pictures, interviews etc. and what must be added?

Writing your script

  • Write your script (in English) for how it will sound when spoken, not how it looks on the page.
  • You can determine where to put text overlay (super) or when to narrate the visual, e.g. not every sequence needs to be narrated or explained. Let your visual tells the story.
  • Record what you’ve written and listen to what it sounds like.
  • Keep it simple and avoid redundancy
  • Voice-over is used to add meaning or information. If you understand your message then you will know which parts of your video needs voice-overs and which parts can remain clear – the pictures can tell the story.
  • Once the filming locations and schedule are agreed, you can work on a more detailed script linking the main points from your outline brief with details of the filming.

Technical Details

  • The video must be produced in English
  • Video title: 40-70 characters
  • Description: Provide a short description (if your video editor software allows it)
  • Recommended aspect ratio: 1.33:1/4:3/SDTV. 1.375:1/film. 1.77/16.9/HDTV, 1.85:1/Film, 2:39.1 or 2:40:1 / Widescreen, no pillar boxing or letter boxing
  • Video: H.264 video compression, high profile preferred, square pixels, fixed frame rate, progressive scan
  • Frames: 30fps max
  • Thumbnail image size: should match the aspect ratio of your video. Your thumbnail image may not include more than 20% text. See how much text is on your image.
  • Audio: stereo AAC audio compression, 128kbps + preferred
  • File size: up to 1.75 GB
  • File format: MP4
  • Bitrate: no limit to bitrate file if you're using two pass encoding, as long as your file doesn't exceed 1GB. Otherwise, 8 megabits per seconds for 1080p and 4 megabits per second for 720p

Filming and editing your video

  • Good planning is essential. A storyboard is useful for both filming and editing as it’s a visual guide to the action.
  • If using a phone or iPad always film horizontally.
  • Allow preparation time to practice any camera movements and/or decide on the best framing for shots.
  • A tripod will help keep your footage stable and not shaky.
  • Choose suitable locations for filming where there is little or no background noise.
  • Always test your audio equipment to make sure it’s clear and a good volume and recorded well.
  • Be aware of lighting conditions; if it's too dark or too bright this will impact on image quality.

Uploading your video

  • Make sure that your video and essay files have been named using the correct file naming convention, PROJECT NAME_CATEGORY_TEAM NAME_SCHOOL NAME
  • Do credit the original owners of any external images / pictures / music / other material used in the video correctly and that there has been no copyright infringement. Not crediting the rightful owners of such material is plagiarism and can disqualify you from the competition.
  • A link and instructions will be provided to each school for uploading of videos.

Essay Guidelines

Essays must be:
  • 500 words typed double spaced;
  • In English;
  • Word or PDF document;
  • The title of your essay must follow the same format as your video: PROJECT NAME_CATEGORY_TEAM NAME_YEAR_SCHOOL NAME
  • Original content – no unattributed copy;
  • Signatures of students attesting to authorship.
  • Upload essay file (where possible) at the same time as video file to reduce the chance of misspelling the file names.

Reflecting on the video, students need to describe the problem they are seeking to address, the STEM solution, the benefits and the research process undertaken including sources used e.g. Australian web links, company information etc.

Well-articulated essays are important for the judges to understand the origin of both problem and solution.

Note: Please make sure that title of your video and essay are matched

Last updated: Friday, 8 December 2017 10:41:01 AM

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