Physical science plays an essential role in our daily lives, ranging from our smartphones to transportation, electricity and even medical health. In encouraging our potential teenagers in Hong Kong to discover and share the wonders of physical science with the public, the Department of Applied Physics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University organizes the PolyU Physics Short Video Competition 2023. The competition aims at not only fostering your initiatives in exploring knowledge of theoretical physics in your daily lives with the development of critical thinking skills, but also lending your helping hands to spark public interest in physical science.
The competition is open to all full-time secondary school students in Hong Kong. Interested students are required to create short videos (maximum 5 minutes) that explain and describe a complicated physics-related scientific concept or phenomenon in a creative, accurate, engaging and understandable way. We don't care if you are dancing, acting, or using props to get your point across – as long as you are using your scientific smarts and creativity to make it happen! So, get your cameras ready, put on your thinking caps, and let's see what you can do!
English or Chinese
The duration of the video should not be exceeding 5 minutes. Upload to YouTube as an unlisted video (i.e. can only be seen and shared by anyone with the link).
- All secondary school students in Hong Kong are welcome.
- Individual or a team with a maximum of 4 students from the same school
- Participants / Teams will be assigned to one of the following categories:
- Junior Secondary Division: Students of S1 to S3
- Senior Secondary Division: Students of S4 or above
- Teams cannot have a mixture of junior and senior division students.
- No duplicate entries are allowed.
- There is no limit on the number of teams / students from one school.
- Any physics principles and concepts that you want to explain and drill down or a physics phenomenon that you are interested in
- It is a plus if the video has any AI components.
- The video entry must be original and comply with YouTube’s Terms of Service.
- The following awards will be presented:
- Champion (Senior Secondary Division): Gift coupons of HKD 5000 and a certificate
- Champion (Junior Secondary Division): Gift coupons of HKD 5000 and a certificate
- 1st Runner-up (Senior Secondary Division): Gift coupons of HKD 3000 and a certificate
- 1st Runner-up (Junior Secondary Division): Gift coupons of HKD 3000 and a certificate
- “Most-liked Video” Award: Gift coupons of HKD 1000 and a certificate
- All participants will receive a certificate of participation.
- Awardees under Senior Secondary Division will have a chance in receiving favourable consideration for admission to PolyU.
Complete this Online Submission Form by 9 Dec 2023 23:59 (Hong Kong Time)
- The judging panel will be formed by a group of representatives from the Department of Applied Physics, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
- The entry must relate to the knowledge of physics. If the entry can demonstrate and illustrate the knowledge and concepts of artificial intelligence (AI), it will be awarded a 10% bonus on the overall score.
- All the entries will be evaluated and judged based on the following criteria.
Content and Accuracy (40%)
Depth of knowledge in physics and the accuracy of the information
Creativity and Attractiveness (40%)
Resonating ideas in daily life which can arouse public interest.
Technical Appeal (20%)
Filmmaking techniques; Animation; Video Effect
Professional Academic (Bonus: 10%)
Knowledge in Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Online Information Session:
8 Sep 2023 (Fri)--> 15 Sep 2023 (Fri)
(Due to bad weather, the online information session is postponed)
- Time: 4:00pm
- Mode: Zoom
- Video Recording: https://youtu.be/ReR-fhVn40E
Awards Presentation Ceremony:
All winners will be invited to attend an awards presentation ceremony to be held at the PolyU campus in April 2024 tentatively.
Terms and Conditions:
- The entry must be original and must not infringe any copyright laws. It must also be the entrant's first published work and not have been previously exhibited, submitted to other competitions, or related events.
- The entry must not contain any inappropriate or controversial content such as obscenity, violence, pornography, defamation, insults or objectionable material.
- The entrant must provide genuine and accurate information, and any dishonest or incorrect information will result in disqualification. The entrant should hold full responsibility for any loss caused to the Department of Applied Physics, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University or any third party.
- After submission, the entry should not be modified, exchanged or returned.
- The entrant shall get permission from the copyright owner(s) or relevant venue owner(s) if the entry contains authorized material(s) or does video recording(s) in the privately-owned venue(s). The entrant may be requested to show their approval documents.
- All parents of participants should provide their acknowledgment of their children's participation in the competition.
- All individuals who appear in the video entry have given their informed consent and acknowledged that their images and audio may be edited and used for the sole purpose of participating in the competition.
- The Department of Applied Physics, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University retains the right to use, rename, copy, edit, distribute and broadcast all or parts of the entries.
- All decisions made by the judging panel are final.
- The Department of Applied Physics, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University has the full authority to make final decisions in all matters related to this competition, including the terms and conditions, prizes and other arrangements without prior notification.
- By submitting an entry, the entrant is deemed to have accepted the aforementioned terms and conditions. Any breach of the terms and conditions may result in disqualification from the competition, subject to the final discretion of the Department of Applied Physics. There is no appeal mechanism in this competition.