What is the Cool For Schools video competition?
Competition Rules and Entry Process
This new annual competition is designed by the Institute of Refrigeration - the UK professional body of refrigeration engineering experts - to raise awareness of the contribution of refrigeration science and principles to our world today.
This competition is designed to challenge students to explore the science, technology, engineering and mathematical principles that underlie refrigeration and air conditioning cooling processes, and to come up with a simple experiment or presentation that demonstrates one of these. Teams must submit a video and entry form, detailing what you have learnt about refrigeration and how you worked in your team, and you could be in with a chance to win a fantastic range of science kit prizes for your school! Winning videos will also be published on our Fantastic Fridges website – to help us shout about how cool refrigeration is!
- 1st Prize – £2000 value School Science/ STEM Club kit packed full of tools and materials to create great experiments and investigations for the whole class including thermometers, data loggers and books.
- Two runner-up prizes - £1000 value School Science / STEM kit.
- And a “Most innovative video” category winner - £1000 worth of School Science kit.
- All entries who meet our criteria will receive a Certificate of Merit from the Institute of Refrigeration to recognise their work in taking part in the competition and highlight the Skills & Gatsby Benchmarks that were involved.
Who can take part
- Key stage 3 (11-14 years old) Students.
- Entries must be made on behalf of a school signed off by a teacher.
- Teams of up to three students (up to three entries per school).
How to apply
- Research the world of cooling & refrigeration then decide on what topic you want to cover in your video.
- Film your presentation or experiment – maximum 5 minutes long.
- Complete the application form available highlighting why you chose your topic, what you learnt and how you worked together in your team.
- Return the form with a link to your video to the address on the form.
- 1st December 2019, winners will be notified in January 2020.
- Videos should include step-by-step instructions on how to carry out the experiment or investigation.
- Videos should include an explanation of any scientific principles behind the experiment or investigation covered.
- A sample experiment is shown here.
- Videos must be no longer than 5 minutes in length.
- Videos may include the name of the school but must not include any names of students taking part.
Register to receive updates about the competition and this website
Download competition rules