Phylm (Physics + Film) – $100 prize!

by Stephanie Chasteen on June 26, 2009

Need a class project?  Here’s one that could get you some cashola to boot.  Former physics teacher David Colarusso sponsors a contest for the best video to meld physics and film.  He particularly would like to see contributions from students and teachers!  If you’ve got some videos already posted on YouTube, just submit them here!  You can submit more than one.  The submission deadline is September 1, 2009.  If you need videos to show in your classroom, too, you can visit the site to browse their selection (and vote on your favorites).  There aren’t that many videos yet, so you’ve got a good chance.  The site needs some promotion, so spread the word.

Phylm contest website

Here is an excerpt from the contest rules:

Clips should contain one or more of the following:

  • A critique/analysis of the physics presented in a fictional work. For example, could the bus in Speed have made “the jump,” or how strong would Spider-Man have to be to throw a car that far?
  • An analysis of physics as revealed by the examination of a real-world video clip. For example, what forces does a gymnast experience during his routine?
  • An explanation/presentation of some physics concept or theory. For example, what is the conservation of energy?

The clips should be aimed at a general audience of non-science majors. So please, no
calculus. Basic algebra and trigonometry are acceptable, however.

David Colarusso himself has a nice little playlist on YouTube on physics topics, mostly in E&M and modern physics.

And of course, if you can’t play YouTube videos in your classroom, check out my previous post on how to download videos to play offline.

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Captain Skellett June 27, 2009 at 5:34 am

Ooh, sounds cool! It will be interesting to see what comes up from it!

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