Film Competition

Television scientist Steve Mould today (Monday, March 9) launched a regional search for young science film-makers.

The physicist, as seen on Blue Peter, visited Newcastle’s Sacred Heart High School and Darlington’s Hummersknott School to provide some top movie-making tips for youngsters preparing to enter the SciCast North East competition.

Students then had the chance to put their new-found skills behind the camera to the test as Steve demonstrated some of the fundamentals of physics using everyday foodstuff and equipment found in the kitchen.

Using a bar of chocolate and a microwave, Steve showed students how to measure the speed of light and created a dramatic fountain show using bottles of Diet Coke and packets of Mentos.

The show-stopping experiments were organised to demonstrate the kind of subjects youngsters can feature in entries to the film competition, which is running as part of Newcastle ScienceFest and is organised by Newcastle Science City.

Steve said: It’s amazing how much cool science you can do with simple stuff from the kitchen. I hope today’s demonstrations get people thinking about SciCast North East and inspire them to get involved and make their own mini science movies.

Young people across the North East are being encouraged to pick up their cameras and get involved in the competition to make a short two and a half minute film about anything to do with science.

The best entries will go forward to represent the North East at the National Planet SciCast Film Awards and the winning team will have a VIP red-carpet Oscars-style reception at the Tyneside Cinema.

Peter Arnold, Newcastle Science City’s chief executive, said: Making a film is easier than ever and many young people have the technical skills to record and edit videos. There are so many areas of science and engineering that can be explored and we really look forward to seeing the creations of the region’s young movie-makers.

For more information on SciCast North East visit www.NewcastleScienceFest.com

To register your interest in making a film, please send an email to [email protected]

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