Baltydaniel NS wins at national video awards

Students from Baltydaniel National School with ReelLIFE SCIENCE Director Dr Enda O’Connell; Science Foundation Ireland Head of Education and Public Engagement Margie McCarthy; and Met Éireann Meteorologist Joanna Donnelly at the ReelLIFE SCIENCE Awards as part of the 22nd Galway Science and Technology Festival in NUI Galway.

Short films about climate action, hearing and water were to the fore when young science filmmakers from Donegal, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Offaly, Sligo and Meath were honoured at the ReelLIFE SCIENCE Video Competition Awards which were presented at the recent Galway Science and Technology Festival Exhibition in NUI Galway.
A group of nine sixth class students from Baltydaniel National School in Newtwopothouse, along with their teacher Colman Lane, won the €1,000 first prize at primary school level for their video ‘No New Water’.
More than 190 short science films were entered into the competition by over 1,300 science enthusiasts from 77 schools and community groups around Ireland. Winning videos were selected by a distinguished panel of judges including geneticist, author and BBC presenter Dr Adam Rutherford; BT Young Scientist and Technologist of the Year 2019 Adam Kelly; and Met Éireann Meteorologist and RTÉ Weather Forecaster Joanna Donnelly, who presented the prizes along with Science Foundation Ireland Head of Education and Public Engagement Margie McCarthy.
Speaking about ReelLIFE SCIENCE, Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “We are delighted to support this initiative, which cleverly combines science literacy and creativity, while providing a great opportunity for students and teachers to think about how to communicate scientific topics in a novel way. ReelLIFE SCIENCE encourages young people to connect with the science and technology in their everyday lives, and to bring that knowledge to a wider audience, while promoting current Irish scientific research and development.”
All the videos can be viewed at