Judges are evaluating the quality of your ideas and your appreciation of the scientific, engineering, and human challenges that must be overcome. For this reason, the engineering merits of your design should always be at the forefront of your mind when planning your video. It is important to accurately and clearly communicate your design to the judges in order for them to appreciate the thought and work you put in. Additional ideas or information beyond the scope of the RFP will not be penalised, however judging will focus initially on how well the RFP has been met. Never underestimate the difficulty of producing a video, or condensing months’ worth of work into five minutes!
The judges are looking for content that helps them to understand your solution to the RFP. If you wish to make use of computer aided design (CAD), rendering, or animation, you could give a text-based or audio explanation alongside to give context to the imagery. Additionally, try to find a good balance between the amount of text and the amount of imagery in your video, as they both have their advantages!
We may struggle to judge your design accurately if we can’t see or hear anything clearly! Plan your workload to allow plenty of time to record and edit the video. Whilst video and image quality are more easily improved, audio recordings are much more difficult. We recommend Audacity as a powerful and free audio recording and editing tool that can help you to produce a more professional and cohesive sound. If screen-recording is necessary, OBS is a free and quick program that will enable you to show off your work to the best of your ability. These are, of course, by no means the only choices and you may already have access to better ones.
Finally, enjoy the challenge! UKSDC allows you to explore new areas of science, work together as a team and generate interesting ideas to tackle the advancement of space travel. We look forward to seeing what you all come up with!