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2015 RCSB PDB Video Challenge for High School Students

Detecting & Combating HIV in 3D

Participation Guide

Step 1: Assemble your team

The video challenge is open to teams comprised of a minimum of one and a maximum of four high school (or equivalent home-schooled) students. All participants must be over 13 years of age and attend grades 9-12 (or equivalent home school level). Since there are various skills needed in putting together a video entry, it may be a good idea to rely on teamwork.

Each team must have a team advisor (a teacher/faculty member from your school, an adult over age 18). The teacher/faculty member may be team advisor for more than one team.

Step 2: Select a topic

The 2015 theme is "Detecting and Combating HIV in 3D". Your video should tell a coherent and engaging story about one of the topics below.

  1. HIV testing
  2. Antiretroviral drugs and HAART
  3. Drug resistance
  4. The search for a vaccine
  5. The search for a cure

The story should be told from the molecular perspective, and use the 3D molecular structures that are archived in the PDB.

Step 3: Choose the PDB Structure(s)

Identify at least one structure pertaining to you topic from the 2015 Video Challenge Featured Structures list . This structure needs to be part of the story in the form of a still image(s) or animation(s). Remember to include the citation for the structure in your final credits.

The number of protein structures to be shown in the Entry Video is not limited and if your story line requires so, you might choose additional entries from the PDB archive.

Video entries without any structural perspectives will be disqualified.

Step 4: Brainstorm creative ideas for your video and develop a storyboard

Start by brainstorming on the topic and make a storyboard for your video. This will help you plan out all the pieces that you will need to create the video. See the winners and the submissions from 2014 for inspiration.

Keep your audiences in mind as you develop your storyboard. A wide range of people will view your video, some with very little or no prior information about the topic. Try to tell your story in a way that helps all audiences understand.

Step 5: Assemble the video

See the Resources page for help with tips and tools for visualization and animation of PDB structures. Your video should have an interesting title and all images and music that you use in the video should be original.

Your video needs to include a call for HIV testing. You may use any creative media to convey this message. The call for testing doesn't need to relate to the main story of your video.

Be sure to include references for all PDB structures, articles, and review materials that were used to create the video. Also, all audio and visual material that were not created by you need to be properly attributed.

The video has to end with the RCSB PDB-101 branding slide.

Remember that in judging your video entry there will be points allotted for originality and creativity but also for scientific accuracy and adherence to guidelines. Review the Entry Video Checklist and Challenge Rules before submission.

Step 6: Submit and share your video

Submission will open on March 4, 2015 at 12:01 am Eastern Time (ET) and conclude on May 31, 2015 at 11:59 pm ET.

Good luck!