2020 Video Challenge for High School Students
Assemble your team
The team can consist of 1-4 US high school students. Each member should submit signed Parent Permission form.
Find a team advisor
If you are participating as part of a class project, your teacher will be your Team Advisor. If you would like to participate individually, find a faculty member at your school who can advise you along the way.
Designate a team captain
One person on your team should be designated as a team captain. This person will coordinate the submission of your entry and fill in the registration form (available between January 14 and April 28, 2020). The team captain should be listed as Team Member 1 on the registration form.
Brainstorm and decide on the story
As described in The Challenge, your video should combine molecular biology and public health information to tell a coherent and impactful story.
Communicating the Science
Your video should contain a general introduction to endogenous opioids and opioid drugs and their interaction with opioid receptors. It should also contain a description how the opioid induced activation of G-protein modulates the neuronal signaling pathways. This might include:
- Preventing of neurotransmitter release
- Modification of the action of potassium channel
- Modification of the action of adenylyl cyclase
In addition, your video should contain a short section on opioid antagonists, such as naloxone, and how they can save life in case of opioid overdose.
The Learn section contains a general overview of the topic and links to PDB resources that will help you to understand the topic.
At this step, it's also important to think about your audience. In this challenge, your target audience are fellow high school students who have similar knowledge of biology but have not studied the topic in greater detail.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science recommends to always keep in mind the 3Ms when communicating science: a good message should be Miniature, Memorable, and Meaningful.
Communicating the public health message
In its core, your story should address in some way the current opioid crisis and communicate a message on how to fight it and prevent further opioid misuse. There are many approaches to storytelling. You can use a real-life event or create a narrative story. Find inspiration in popular science magazines, newspapers articles, or explore facts and statistics on opioid crisis and its toll on the nation’s healthcare and economy.
Your team should brainstorm many ideas at this stage and choose one that appeals to you the most. It's also important at this stage to think about the 2-minute time constraint and how much information can be communicated effectively.
Resources/downloads for this step:
- Creative approach to storytelling: Scientific Storytelling with Jed Dannenbaum
- Khan Academy and Pixar's The art of storytelling
Examples of popular science articles on opioid crisis:
- How to Teach Future Doctors About Pain In The Midst Of The Opioid Crisis
- New guidelines on prescribing fewer opioids could have massive impact: Study
Journal articles on the history of opioid crisis:
- The Promotion and Marketing of OxyContin: Commercial Triumph, Public Health Tragedy
- The Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis: A Public Health Approach to an Epidemic of Addiction
Some statistics and facts:
Create a storyboard for your story
A storyboard is a graphic organizer that sequentially shows how the story will unfold using the key elements for visuals and audio.
The visual elements for your storyboard can be hand-drawn, but it's a good idea to plan how they will be framed in a shot. At this time, it's also a good idea to record at least a scratch version of narration/dialogs to make sure that the time allotted for each element is sufficient.
Remember, you are teaching a complex subject to your audience. Speak in an understandable, level-appropriate way and pace your narration so that it allows audiences to listen and follow along. Incorporate some breaks; after each key concept is introduced to your viewers, they will need down time to process the information.
Your storyboard can be shared with other students to get feedback and make adjustments.
Resources/downloads for this step:
Articles on communicating science effectively:
- 9 Tips For Communicating Science To People Who Are Not Scientists
- The Importance of Storytelling in Science
Create the visuals for your video
You have complete freedom for the visual style. Create animations, film footage, or add any creative components. The scoring rubric allots points for originality and creativity, so be sure you don't miss these marks.
There are only 2 requirements:
You should use an image/animation of a topic relevant protein structure from the PDB to illustrate the molecular component.
The PDB IDs of example structures are listed in Tables 1 and 2. Visualization Resources will be provided by the end of November.
- Alternately, you can use existing PDB-101 visual resources with proper attribution:
- Molecule of the Month images
Image title, PDB ID of the protein shown; Molecule of the Month image by David S. Goodsell and the RCSB PDB / CC-BY-4.0
- 2019 RCSB PDB Calendar images
PDB ID of the protein shown; Image from the 2019 RCSB PDB Calendar
- Images/animations from the Learn section
Image caption; PDB ID of the protein shown; Image source: pdb101.rcsb.org.
- Molecule of the Month images
You should not use any copyrighted materials in your videos. Videos using copyrighted materials will be disqualified. If you don't create your artwork/music yourself, it's a good idea to use Public Domain materials, or materials released under the Creative Commons license to avoid copyright infringement.
Edit your video
You will be uploading and sharing your video through YouTube, so the optimal composition size should be 1280px by 720px (HDTV 720).
The storytelling part should not be longer than 2 minutes. On top of that, you should include credits section including the following components:
- Names of each team member and the name of the team advisor
- References for your research materials
- PDB IDs of the protein structures you are showing in your video and/or molecular images/videos attribution
- All images/sound credits.
- The PDB-101 branding slide
If your video shows footage/image and/or voice of a person who is not a member of your team, have them, or if minor, their parents/guardians sign the Actor Release Form. Each member should also have a signed Parent Permission form. Photograph or scan the forms and have the files ready when you are ready to register for the challenge.
Submission will be open between January 14, 2020 and April 28, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
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