Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The rules of the game...

The European Chain Reaction 2013 is a science/art project for primary schools wishing to create, film and upload a "Rube-Goldberg/Robert Storm Petersen-like" chain reaction. This project is a competition and a European collaboration! The school which uploads the most astonishing, creative chain reaction not only wins a trophy, but also wins tons of faim!  In the end all videos will be emerged into ONE BIG CROSS BORDER EUROPEAN CHAIN REACTION (look at the European Chain reaction 2012)!

This eTwinningproject allows as many as possible European schools - all from different countries - to enter the competition! By entering the competition you agree to the following rules:

The timeline:
- When you enter the competition, your school e-mails an image of the school and a short text in which the school presents herself!
- Your kids present themselves in a short video.  The best way to do this is by presenting themselves in a human chain reaction.  This video should be uploaded by Friday December 21st 2012
- You and your class will have until Friday 25th January 2013 to create, practice, film and upload a video of your chain reaction to a videosite (like Vimeo, Youtube, ...) and embed it in this blog.
- When all videos are uploaded to the blog every school will watch the entries of the other participants and will decide on wich countries receive the points (1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 points).
All points should be e-mailed to Dave Schrauwen by Thursday January 31st 2013.
- On Friday the class of Dave will record a newsflash announcing who will be the winner of the project. The link to this video will be kept secret until Monday February 4th 11:00
(Brussels time). On 11:00 Brussels time the video will be embedded into the website, so everyone can find out how well they scored in this competition! The winning school will be sent a specially commissioned trophy, but above all wins the everlasting respect of all the other participants!


1. Only one school from each country will be allowed to enter. We would like to have as many as possible European countries involved!

2. The European Chain Reaction 2013-project is for primary schools only!

3. Once you have agreed to enter and submitted your request to the project coordinator, Dave Schrauwen you will receive an invitation to become a partner in the project, followed later by a separate invitation to contribute to the project's blog. You need to sign up for the blog, whereby you will be able to upload your finished chain reaction in due course. In addition, please send Dave a brief description of your school, along with a photograph, that Dave will add to the blog, so that each country can see who is all taking part.

4. All schools will upload a short video in which they present themselves so all contestants can get to know their opponents/partners!  The best way to do this is by creating a human chain reaction video!

5. The actual technological chain reaction should be created and practiced by the students and their teachers (giving them advice) only!  The chain reaction has to be a technological chain reaction. Children may appear in the video shortly, but the technological aspect is the most important!  Look at the winning 2011 video for a very good exemple!

6. The length of the chain reaction video should be between 60 and 120 seconds.  The video may be shot by the teacher or the children

7. Every partner is responsible for his own entry!  When inserting music into the video, please use music that is copyright free.  You could use a creative commons sound or song.  You can find free sounds and music here: http://dig.ccmixter.org/

8. All entries should be completed by Friday 25th January 2013. When your chain reaction is ready, you upload the video of this chain reaction to the blog, via www.blogger.com using either the “upload video” section of the site, or by uploading your video to Vimeo, YouTube, ... then copying and pasting the embed code into your blog post. All files MUST be uploaded by Friday 25th Januray, as each country will then need to watch all the entries and judge them during the following week- Monday 28th - Thursday 31st  January.

9. Please encourage your children to post a comment on the videos sent in by other countries.  By doing so, your children will learn some ICT and learn expressing themselves in a foreign language.

10. Once you and your pupils have watched each entry and chosen your favourites, email your choices to Dave Schrauwen, BEFORE Friday 31st  January, so the pupils of Dave can create and record the newsflash on who is the winner of the project on Friday January 31st. YOU MUST NOT VOTE FOR YOUR OWN ENTRY!

11.  The newsflash in which the winner of the competition will be announced and the European Chain Reaction will be showed will be added to the blog on Monday February 4th at 11:00 Brussels time, in order for everyone to find out at the same time who has won the competition!

GOOD LUCK to all countries, enjoy making your entry, and watching all the other entries!

Michael Purves & Dave Schrauwen

Project founders