The European Chain Reaction is a science/art project and competition which challenges primary schools across Europe to create, film and upload a "Rube-Goldberg/Robert Storm Petersen-like" chain reaction. Through the contest, children learn more about science and computers in a fun way and in the end all submitted chain videos are merged into a big cross-border European chain reaction.
About the MEDEA Awards
Aim of the MEDEA Awards
The aim of the MEDEA Awards is to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media (audio, video, graphics and animation) in education. The awards also recognise and promote excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources.
In recent years there has been remarkable interest in the creation and use of digital video and audio in education, boosted by the increasing impact of multimedia and video based websites and applications on the internet and mobile devices. The pedagogical vision is clear: it is only when video and audio are routine components of education and online learning, that we will have an educational environment that reflects the media-rich world in which our learners now live.
Before submitting a multimedia project or production, we strongly recommend that you read the Judging Criteria to understand what the judges are specifically looking for and the criteria they will use when judging your submission, as well as the Terms & Conditions of submission, where you will find the rules for participation in the MEDEA Awards. Read also the important Copyright Information page.
Entries need to be submitted via the online submission form and sent to arrive at the MEDEA Awards Secretariat via post, e-mail or fax before the closing date: 30 November 2015 (midnight). All finalists will be notified in the beginning of February 2016 and will be invited to take part in the Awards Ceremony taking place during the Media & Learning Conference on the 10-11 March 2016, where the final winners will be announced.
The MEDEA Awards
- The MEDEA Award for User-Generated Educational Media
This award honours the best entry submitted by teachers, students, learners, parents, professors, individual or organisational representatives in primary education, secondary education, higher education, adult education, vocational education and/or training.
- The MEDEA Award for Professionally Produced Educational Media
This award will be awarded to the best professional educational media produced by a professional company or semi-professional production unit such as a broadcaster, professional multimedia producer or publisher, professional web design company, audiovisual or media department in larger institutions or organisations such as universities, government departments, companies, multinational institutions and organisations, etc.
- Prize for European Collaboration in the Creation of Educational Media
For the best media entry which is the result of European collaboration by individuals or organisations from at least two European Union member states. This prize will be given on behalf of the European Commission.
- The Special MEDEA Jury Prize
The judges may, at their discretion, present a special award to an approach or production in recognition of exceptional innovation in pedagogic or technical design.
- Prize for Media-supported Language Learning
For the entry that best illustrates excellence in the use of media to support and innovate the teaching and learning of languages.
- Prize for Media-supported Science Education
For the entry that best illustrates excellence in the use of media to support and innovate science education. This prize is supported by the Inspiring Science Education Project.
- Prize for Best use of Media in Higher Education
For the entry that best illustrates excellence in the use of media to support and innovate Higher Education.
History of the MEDEA Awards
MEDEA Awards 2008 statuette with hardware and software prizes in the background
The MEDEA Awards were launched in November 2007 and have been an immediate success with submissions sent in from across Europe and beyond. Over the years, several new awards have been introduced, recognising and rewarding different aspects of the field of media in education and its importance in a European context. Since 2010 the MEDEA Awards are also integrated in the Media & Learning Conference, a yearly conference bringing together practitioners and policy makers and highlighting the latest developments, services and digital and media competences in education and training. For a flashback of each competition year, go to the yearly overview.
From 2012 to 2014, the MEDEA Awards have been supported by the Lifelong Programme of the European Commission through the MEDEAnet project. Two previous European Commission funded projects expanding the reach of the MEDEA Awards were called MEDEA:EU (2008-2011) and MEDEA2020 (2010-2012). From 2015 onwards, the MEDEA Awards are supported by the Media & Learning Association.