HALIFAX - Junior high and high school students across Nova Scotia are being reminded to act fast if they plan to enter the Mining ROCKS video contest.
Sponsored by the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS), the contest involves the production of short videos about mining and quarrying. The winners in five different categories will be awarded $1,000, with $500 going to the runner-ups.
There is a total of $8,000 in prize money.
Students who get their videos in by the end of Friday, however, will be entered into a draw to win two, $250 early-bird prizes.
“The student video contest is great fun,” said MANS executive director Sean Kirby. “The kids are so clever and creative with the things that they come up with that it’s a lot of fun to see how they do it and how impressive it is both from a technological perspective and a research perspective.”
The videos can be about virtually any aspect of mining and quarrying, including its economic importance, environment and reclamation, historical facts and beneficial end-uses of mining products.
“It’s really wonderful each year to see the things that kids create as part of the contest and from our perspective its an opportunity for them to have some fun and learn a bit about the industry and to show off the skills that they have,” Kirby said.
This is the fourth year that MANS has run the video contest. Kirby said they often hear from high school students who take home the prize money that they plan to use it for post secondary education.
The final deadline for video entries is Feb. 23.
Students upload their videos to the MANS website and the panel of judges, who are mainly independent of the industry, will pick the winners for the Best Junior High School Video, Best High School Video, Best Comedy and Best 30-Second Commercial.
A fifth category, the People’s Choice, will be decided by the public through an online vote.
The judges include Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller, Truro Mayor Bill Mills, Colchester Mayor Christine Blair, Membertou Chief Terry Paul and a range of film and media experts.
For more information, go to www.NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca/contest