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NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

By SpaceRef Editor
December 22, 2012
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So you want to be a NASA producer? NASA is looking for talented high school students to create videos that engage students in earth science.

Students are consuming over 10 hours of media each day, and video is increasingly important to reach and engage this audience about science. NASA earth science missions are kicking off a new video contest challenging high school students to produce a two-minute video for middle school students. The videos should focus on one of three topics: Ozone in the Stratosphere, Ship Tracks and Our Environment, or The Water of the Water Planet.

Winning videos will be posted on NASA’s website. Winners will also get the opportunity to be a NASA producer working with NASA scientists and communication experts in July 2013 to produce an earth science feature video.

The deadline for submitting videos is Feb. 15, 2013.

— NEW! Director’s Cut Video from NASA Producer Ali Ogden —

NASA producer Ali Ogden created a video, which shares her insight about producing a video feature for NASA. In this director’s cut version of her Montreal Protocol story, Ali provides practical advice about audience, thinking visually, story and post-production. These practical tips for video production will help students with the REEL Science Contest. To view Ogden’s video, visit

For more information and instructions for submitting a video, visit

Questions about this contest should be emailed to Ginger Butcher at

SpaceRef staff editor.