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OC Science is a student-run, non-profit organization working to inspire and spread interest in science and engineering among youth in Orange County.

What are the Do It Yourself Science Project Videos?

The Do It Yourself Science Project Videos are a series of how-to videos about various science projects, created by volunteers like you. These videos will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Chemistry

  • Biology

  • Engineering

  • Environmental Science

  • Physics

Volunteers will select their topic of choice from the list here, but will have the opportunity to design their own experiment based on their topic. Each topic given has a fair amount of flexibility in the way it is implemented, so this is a chance for volunteers to show their creativity!

 

Why should I participate?

Making a video is a great way for volunteers to be recognized for their creativity and skills! Additionally, all videos will be evaluated and noted in volunteers’ Math for Service service history. It’s a great chance for volunteers to show off their dedication to OC Science and their leadership skills, and if you’re a newer volunteer without much service or leadership experience, this could help you get noticed. OC Science will also take into account your service history when you apply for leadership roles like event captain or workshop teacher.

 

What’s included in each video?

Videos must include:

  • A basic overview of the scientific reasoning behind the experiment or background information, no longer than 30 seconds, that is easily accessible by members of the public. This segment should be presented by the volunteer.

  • Required safety information and warnings, including but not limited to chemical hazards and high or low temperature hazards.

  • A detailed list of required materials, with precise amounts and material descriptions.

  • A step by step walkthrough of the experiment chosen. Volunteers must show themselves conducting each step of the experiment.

  • Elements of the Scientific Method incorporated into every step of the project. This should not be a lecture. Instead, volunteers should show their audience what the Scientific Method is by demonstrating parts of it in their walkthrough.

  • A minimum of 2 possible future project ideas that expand on the project demonstrated in the video. This section should be no longer than 15 seconds.

Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes.

 

Additionally, a link to a more detailed explanation of the background information should be included in the video description.

 

How will videos be evaluated?

Videos will be evaluated based on a variety of standards. The rubric here lays out the standards that will be used to evaluate videos. High quality videos will fulfill all required elements in addition to adhering to the given standards.

 

Are there any rules I need to know about?

All experiments should be original ideas, but can be similar to existing experiments on the Internet. Video content should be the submitter’s own work. Plagiarism will not be tolerated, and will reflect poorly on volunteers’ service records. Additionally, participants should make changes to their video if requested by OC Science.

 

I’m interested, how can I participate?

Choose a topic from the list here, and then send your chosen topic, your name(s), and your school to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Once you have received confirmation of your topic request, you can begin working on your video. We suggest planning it out before you begin filming. When you are done with your video, please upload the video file to your Google Drive account and share it with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Make sure you have your name on your video file, and keep in mind YouTube videos will not be accepted. Have fun, and good luck!