2019 Young Scientist Film Awards

The Young Scientist Film Awards is the annual COBIS science competition in partnership with National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in London. It is open to COBIS member schools and non-member schools for students in KS1-KS5. For this competition, students are asked to make an exciting film celebrating the diversity and excitement of science.    



Inspiration can be found by watching last year’s films on the COBIS YouTube channel or from the below milestones and facts:

·         2019 will mark 100 years since the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic.

·         In 2019 it will be 90 years since the first demonstration of colour TV in New York.

·         2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

·         China intends to send a mission to the moon in 2019; the first mission to the moon since 1976.


How to Enter

Schools can enter as many films as they like. The cost of entry for COBIS member schools is £150 for up to three films and £50 per additional film after this. Non-member schools can enter for £200 for up to three films and then £75 per additional film.  

Before submitting films, schools should register their interest in the competition using the online registration form. After registration, schools will be invited to submit their films online.


Publicising the Competition at Your School

You can download our competition poster here and display this in your school noticeboards.


Winners and Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to students for “Best Overall” in KS1&2, KS3 and KS4&5. There will also be two additional awards for “Best Film of an Experiment” and “Best Engineering”. Don’t worry about choosing the category for your films; NPL will classify each film.

  • Each group who achieve ‘Best Overall’ in their age category (KS1&2, KS3 and KS4&5) will receive £200 in amazon vouchers.
  • The group who achieves the ‘Best Film of an Experiment’ award will receive £150 in amazon vouchers.
  • The group who achieves the ‘Best Engineering’ award will also receive £150 in amazon vouchers.


Competition Dates  

  1. From November 2018

 Register for competition at cobis.org.uk/ysfa  

  1. Before 22 February 2019  

 Get real scientists to provide feedback on a draft edit of your film(s)  

  1. Before 15 March 2019  

 Submit all final films for judging. If the film can be shared beyond judges (e.g. on the COBIS YouTube channel), please complete and return a release form. You will need to check with parents first, and you can use a consent form like this.

  1. 18-22 March 2019  

 COBIS will issue invoices to schools  

  1. 10 April 2019  

 Check the COBIS YouTube channel to watch all the submissions  

  1. 12 May 2019          

 The winning entries will be announced at the COBIS Annual Conference in London and on the COBIS website. 


Terms and Conditions

Please ensure that you have read the full terms and conditions of the competition before entering any film. 

Please note, all schools must gain consent from parents and guardians for student images on the films to be used by COBIS and NPL for the administration and promotion of this competition via the COBIS website, at the COBIS Annual Conference and on Youtube. You can download an example consent form here

Any problems: contact cobisfilms@npl.co.uk

COBIS would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for sponsoring the Young Scientist Films Awards 2019.

“HMH® is committed to honouring the process of learning, championing new ideas, and emboldening the thinkers and doers of tomorrow. For more than 185 years, we have inspired all learners to activate curiosity, elevate potential, and find their moments of brilliance and breakthrough. These are the learning moments that define us – all of us. With our magnitude of influence comes great social responsibility – to nurture, develop, and grow purposeful, empathetic, and determined global citizens. Together, we’re all shaping the future, and as the world continues to evolve, so will we.”