Comnplay Science Contest

Get a chance to publish your own story in the COMnPLAYer app (which will include a professionally drawn illustration of yourself and your favorite scientist) and also win some great prizes!

Interview someone who is involved in science, coding or making and send us your questions and answers. 5 winning interviews will be turned into illustrated stories by a professional graphic artist and added to the COMnPLAYer app along with credit to their creators. The winners will receive a printed version of their story signed by the graphic artist and the following prizes:

  • Overall contest winner for the most inspiring interview

    Microsoft Surface Go – 64 GB
    + Surface Go Signature Type Cover
    + Surface Pen
  • Overall contest winner for the most creative interview

    Microsoft Surface Go – 64 GB
    + Surface Go Signature Type Cover
    + Surface Pen
  • Winner in the category “16+” (years old)

    Microsoft Surface Go – 64 GB
  • Winner in the category “12 – 16” (years old)

    Microsoft Surface Go – 64 GB
  • Winner in the category “under 12” (years old)

    Microsoft Surface Go – 64 GB

The winners will be announced in this page on 15 March 2020 and will also be notified via email.

What you have to do

Step 1. Use the COMnPLAYer app to read all the currently available stories.

Step 2. Interview someone who is involved in science, coding or making (remember to write down or record your questions and the interviewee’s answers). During your interview do not forget to ask the following 3 questions:

  1. What is your interest/passion in science/coding/making?
  2. Who or what inspired you to get involved with this topic?
  3. How did you get to where you are today?Of course you can also ask any other question that you would like.

Of course you can also ask any other question that you would like.

  • Think of a title for your story (maximum 5 words).
  • Write down a maximum of 7 questions (including the 3 above) and the respective answers.
  • Take a portrait photo of the person you are interviewing and a second photo showing them at work or presenting their passion. Take also a photo of yourself.
    • Please take the photos so that faces are visible and not too light or dark.
    • Make sure that something that should not be depicted in the illustrations (for example because it is private or confidential) is not shown in the photos.
    • These photos will not be published. They will be used by the graphic artist to illustrate the story.
  • Download and print the Informed Consent Form:
    Informed consent form (.DOCX format)
    Informed consent form (.RTF format)
    Informed consent form (.ODT format)
    Informed consent form (.PDF format)
  • Ask the interviewee to sign in Informed Consent Form which grants you their permission to submit their name, answers and photos to the contest.
  • Upload the text and photos using the online contest form (see also the next session).

Entries can be submitted in one of the following languages:

  • English
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • German
  • Greek
  • Norwegian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

How to Enter the Contest

To participate, you must fill in all mandatory fields and submit the online contest form until midnight (CET) on 15 January 2020. You, or – if you are under 18 – your parent or guardian, will be required to agree to the Contest Rules by way of a check-box on the online submission form. Each entrant can submit up to 3 different interviews.

About Comnplay Science & The Comnplayer App

COMnPLAY SCIENCE is an EU-funded project designed to support young people’s engagement with science and aims to help Europe better understand the new ways in which non-formal and informal science learning is taking place through various coding, making, and play activities.

The project has created the COMnPLAYer app which helps children discover and learn about science and enable them to have their say on what it actually means to them. The app includes a series of entertaining stories featuring Steamo, the quirkiest AI Life Coach in the world! The stories build on the principles of science capital – what you do, who you know, what you know, and how you think. The stories link to quizzes which encourage users to reflect on their own science capital, and their responses will help COMnPLAY researchers to understand just how ‘science-y’ young people across Europe believe themselves to be.

Judging Panel

All entries will be judged by a panel comprising one representative from each of the 11 project partners. The composition of the panel may vary. Decisions, made by the panel, are final. No correspondence will be entered into. The panel reserves the right to disqualify submitted entries at its sole discretion, if considered to be plagiarisms, morally or ethically questionable, and/or offensive – whether intentionally or not.

Eligibility

The contest is open to anyone, including but not limited to children, adults, schools, families, youth groups, scientists, engineers, academics. To be eligible, entrants must:

  • be 18 years old or, if under 18, must have permission to enter the Contest from a parent or guardian;
  • be a legal resident of one of the Member States of the European Union or an Associate Country at the time of the award decision.

Detailed Contest Rules

Before submitting your entry please make sure to read the detailed Contest Rules.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the contest, you can get in touch with us by filling in the following form or, by sending an e-mail at contest-comnplayscience@di.ntnu.no