The 2013 Comvita science Challenge

Watch the 1st place video (Secondary School Category) of the 2013 Comvita Science Challenge!

and click here to watch the other winning videos

The 2013 Comvita Science Challenge

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Congratulations to everyone who entered this year's Comvita Science Challenge!

We had fantastic entries this year and we appreciate the effort you have put in to make the videos.

You can view all the 2013 Secondary School entries HERE and Tertiary entries HERE

Also, here are the links to the top 5 finalists that our judges have selected.

<Secondary School Finalists Videos> 

<Tertiary Finalists Videos>

The photos from the prize giving ceremony will be available on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ComvitaInnovation

Again, thank you for participating in the 2013 Comvita Science Challenge. We will be back with the 2014 Challenge next year! 

Science Challenge

Opens

1st June

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Submissions

Close

9th August

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Grand

Prizegiving

2nd September

The 2013 winning videos

2nd - Secondary

First Place

Exercise and Hormones

This was created by the team “Exercise Junkies” from St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland

1st - Tertiary

Second Place

Fitta

This was created by the team “WorkFIT” from The University of Auckland

2nd - Tertiary

Third Place

Detactive

This was created by the team “Detactive” from the University of Auckland

The Rules

Here are some of the key rules. Everyone entering the challenge must read the full rules and regulations.           But there is no limit to your creativity!

For any enquiries, please email us at science.challenge@comvita.com.

Secondary School Students

You and Your Team:
- You can enter if you are a year 9-10 student enrolled in a secondary school in New Zealand (Please note that the challenge is aimed at year 9 and 10 Secondary School students. However, if younger students wished to enter and compete in the same challenge category as year 9 and 10 students, their entries will be considered by the judges).
- Each team is allowed maximum 6 students and one mentor. The mentor can be a teacher or a parent. Everyone in one team should be from the same school.

Making the Video:
- Select ONE aspect of human health and explain the science of how physical activity may positively influence this aspect. This video should appeal to a broad audience (For e.g. An example topic could be on explaining how regular exercise helps you prevent Alzheimer’s disease). Content must be scientifically correct.
- The submitted video should not exceed 3 minutes, including the credits.

- Comvita Science Challenge logo must be visible on the top right hand corner of the submitted video together with the credits. Download the logo HERE.
- Everything in the video must be your original work.
- Videos should not contain any mention of Comvita Limited or any of its subsidiaries, nor any direct promotion of Comvita or its brands and trademarks, other than the Comvita Science Challenge logo at the ending credits.

Entering the Challenge:
- To enter the challenge, you must register your team on the website, and upload your video on Comvita Vimeo group. Video entry opens on 1st of June and closes at 6pm 9th August NZ time. Any entries received outside these dates won’t be accepted.
- If you are one of the finalists, you will be requested to attend the prize giving night on the 2nd September.

University Students

You and Your Team:
- Your team can enter if all team members are enrolled as a student at a New Zealand University or Tertiary Institution.

Creating and Developing the Game concept document and pitch video:
- Read Comvita Science Challenge Guidelines for Tertiary Students to understand the specifications for the game concept that you will create for this challenge.
- Create and develop a game concept and explain how it works in a game concept and design brief document (maximum 3500 words, excluding appendices) and a 90 second pitch video. Refer to Comvita Science Challenge Guidelines for Tertiary Students for information on creating a game concept and design brief and a 90 second pitch video.

- Comvita Science Challenge logo must be visible on the top right hand corner of the submitted video at the end of the video. Download the logo HERE.
- In addition to the game concept and design document and pitch video, you may submit supporting material (e.g game prototype or proof of concept) although this is not a requirement. Supporting material may be taken into account by the Juding Panel in their discretion.

Optional Workshops:
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Students may choose to attend optional workshops held by Comvita in order to improve their challenge entries. Workshops are free of charge but RSVP is required.
- Workshop 1 "Introduction to the Challenge" June 4. RSVP HERE.
- Workshop 2 "Mock pitch and feedback" July 12. RSVP HERE.

Entering the Challenge:
- To enter the challenge, you must register your team on the website, and upload your pitch video on Comvita Vimeo group. You must also email your game concept and design brief to science.challenge@comvita.com. Entry opens on 1st June and closes at 6pm 9th August NZ time. Any entries received outside these dates won’t be accepted.
- If you are one of the finalists, you will be requested to attend the prize giving evening on the 2nd September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out all the rules here

How to Upload your Video

1. Join Vimeo.com

Joining Vimeo is simple and free. We are hosting all of the entrants on our Comvita Science Challenge 2013 Group

2. Upload

Upload your video into Vimeo.com.

3. Join our group

Now that you have uploaded your video, join our Vimeo group and add your video to that. Make sure you include your team name in the video description.

- Secondary School Category entrants join and add videos HERE.

- Tertiary Category entrants join and add videos HERE.

 

Useful information

<SECONDARY STUDENTS>

- Download Comvita Science Challenge poster HERE. Download Comvita Science Challenge flyer HERE.

The Royal Society of New Zealand Bronze CREST Award

Secondary School teams entering the 2013 Comvita Science Challenge may also choose to register for a Team Bronze CREST and use their Comvita Science Challenge video to earn their Bronze CREST Award.

Bronze CREST is the Royal Society of New Zealand’s international awards scheme designed to encourage Year 8-10 students to be innovative, creative and to problem solve in science and technology. For more information on CREST award, please visit www.royalsociety.org.nz/teaching-learning/crest/bronze.

 

Useful Readings

Benefits of Exercise for Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Benefits of Exercise for the Treatment of Depression

Health Benefits of Exercise in an Aging Society

Physical activity in the treatment of the adulthood overweight and obesity: current evidence and research issues

Exercise: a behavioral intervention to enhance brain health and plasticity

Benefits of Exercise in Health and Disease

A Single Bout of Exercise Improves Motor Memory

The Effect of Weight-Bearing Exercise on Bone Mineral Density A Study of Female Ex-Elite Athletes and the General Population

Severe Exercise and Exercise Training Exert Opposite Effects on Human Neutrophil Apoptosis via Altering the Redox Status

Men: Cut Heart Attack Risk Through Vigorous Exercise

Physical Activity and Survival After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Harvard School of Public Health Webpage

University of Maryland Medical Center Webpage

The Franklin Institute

 

 

<TERTIARY STUDENTS>

- Download and Read Comvita Science Challenge Guidelines for Tertiary Students HERE.

- Download the handouts from Comvita Science Challenge Workshop One: Click HERE to download Power Point slides and Click HERE to download the terminology sheet.

 

The Judges