Starting the science engines of the city!

The city is an incredible educational resource. It is full of scientific and technological findings. It is the perfect place to ask oneself new questions and engage others in new experiments. And, best of all, it is close to many of us!

Science of the City” aims to highlight all these qualities which are currently present in our cities. This project is aimed at those who are curious, creative and playful. The idea is to go into the city in a different way, trying to see the science that lurks in every corner and show it a creative video… that has to be less than two minutes long.

This project was born from la Mandarina de Newton and has the support of institutions around the world such as The Tech Museum, Arts Santa Monica and Transit Projectes. It is an open international competition to promote the creation of videos in Spanish and English, but other languages are welcome!

The different categories of this contests are:

  • Discovery: what have you discovered in your city that has some science behind it?
  • Experiment: use the city to show and explain a scientific principle. Create an experiment based in your city!
  • Question: what is your scientific question related to your city? Have you also the answer?

We invite you to go out and look for science and technology on the pavement, on the walls, in the parks, all around the city…  Are you able to find in the city fossils?  rare animals?  new lighting systems?  motion detectors? astronomical observatories? Go, shoot, edit and share your videos about them! We also invite you to think of a scientific experiment that could be done in your city. What is the relationship between Newton’s first law and the subway? Could you check the laws of fluids in your city? Finally, we encourage you to ask yourself some scienctific questions and to try to find (or not) the answers: Why the sky is more white in  cities than in the mountains? How can the water rise to a tap on a third floor apartment?… Surely you have many other questions! Go and use your city to answer them!

Once you have chosen your discovery, experiment or question… shoot an original, artistic, creative video, shorther than 2 minutes. Upload it to your YouTube account and open a new project in the “Science and the City” call at the new Tech Virtual website. Soon, we’ll show you the link to the Tech Virtual website to upload your projects. There will be prizes for the best videos!

Just to start your creative engines and to let you see what kind of videos you could do for each category, here you have three sample video corresponding to the three possible categories: discovery, experiment and question.

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