Award-winning science scenes

YSU student Amanda MacCartney won an award for her amazing science video.

Amanda MacCartney

YSU student Amanda MacCartney of Orwell, Ohio, tied for third place in the national Kavli Video Contest, held in Washington, D.C., this fall at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, the country’s first national festival to celebrate the sciences.

The contest challenged students to enter videos that explained “Why Science is Cool,” and more than 100 entries were received. Top winners were announced at an awards ceremony in October hosted by Bill Nye the Science Guy.

MacCartney’s video was the result of an optional project for her media class. It shows shots in nature and technology combined with textual and audio elements and a voiceover that names interesting science facts.

“Science is inspiring to me because it is the exploration of humans, the world, the universe, and billions of things that are overlooked but are truly beautiful and defining,” said MacCartney. “I felt that in making a video like this it would reach out to kids to understand the world around them better.”

Watch MacCartney’s prize-winning video.