Notice to teachers of French in Canada !

In this time of confinement, give your students the opportunity to develop their scientific spirit and creativity by participating in the first popular science video contest organized by the Embassy of France in Canada in partnership with the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) and the Youtuber Scilabus.

The deadline for entries has been extended to May 31, 2020!

The contest is open to students in Canadian schools (English and French networks) enrolled in grades 5 to 10. Given the restrictions related to confinement, individual entries are strongly encouraged.



The purposes of the contest are to develop the scientific spirit, creativity, oral expression skills in French and the ability to explain a complex phenomenon. The participants are asked to create a video in which they explain a scientific phenomenon. Therefore, they are free to use the means and tools they deem necessary to support their argument.



  • Participants should create a popular science video that explains a scientific concept to a non-expert audience based on theories and/or experiments.
  • The video must not exceed 3 minutes
  • Each video must have a title
  • The video must not contain music, photos or videos that are not free of rights



  • The contest is open to students enrolled in 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10th grades. The videos can be made, alone or in teams of 2 or 3 people
  • Participants may request technical assistance from a third party (e.g. family member, teacher)
  • Each student or team can make only one video
  • Videos should be sent no later than 31 May 2020 to: [email protected]
  • Each contribution must be accompanied by the registration form and the document of image rights (for any person appearing in the video).



  • Videos should be explaining a scientific phenomenon in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, geology, technology, health or the environment
  • The form of the subject is free (questions/answers, speeches, poems, reports, etc.) … be creative!
  • Each contribution must include an indication of the sources which made it possible to realize it (in the body of the e-mail or on a free document).
  • The jury will pay close attention:

– to the compliance with the rules

– to the speech

– to the originality and creativity

– to the veracity of the information

– to quality of image and sound

– to the quality and indication of the sources chosen



The jury will consist of :

  • a representative of the cultural service of the French Embassy
  • a CASLT representative
  • Scilabus



A few prizes will be awarded :

  • The grand prize for the best popular science video, which includes a one-year subscription to a science journal for each student (under 18 years of age) involved in the production of the video.
  • A special mention for “Originality of the video” which includes a science book for each student (under 18 years of age) involved in the making of the video
  • A special mention “Quality of popularization” which includes a science book for each student (under 18 years of age) participating in the making of the video.
  • A special mention “Quality of technical production” which includes a science book for each student (under 18 years old) involved in the making of the video

Subject to the agreement of the authors and the transmission of documents of image rights, the winning videos (or some excerpts) will be broadcast on the Youtube channel of Scilabus and on the website of the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada.



The jury will meet in early June 2020 to choose the winners.

The French Embassy will contact the winners in June.



In November 2019, Scilabus went to Ottawa to talk to students about digital education. We published an article about her visit.

She now helps you to create your video for the contest!



Here are some websites worth visiting in order to help you make your vidéo