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“Energy Basics in 90 seconds”

UH Energy is excited to announce the 1st ANNUAL E-90 student energy video competition! This competition is open to all current University of Houston students. Participants must create a video, up to 90 seconds, based on an energy-related topic (sample topics provided below). Winners will be announced at the Energy Banquet hosted by the Energy Coalition on April 19th at the UH Hilton.


The primary goal of the E-90 Competition is to educate about aspects of energy in an entertaining and creative way.  We challenge UH students to create videos that explain a complex energy-related concept in an “edutaining” way.



  • Participants must be students currently enrolled at UH.
  • Videos can be created by individuals or groups of up to 4 students. Only one submission is allowed per student or team.
  • Videos should not exceed 90 seconds in length (not including title screen).
  • Videos may be created using any production technique (iPhone, digital video, etc) and in any genre (live action, musical, animation, etc)
  • Videos must be original and unpublished works.
  • Participants must obtain appropriate copyright authorization in advance on all clips, photos or music used.
  • Assistance from professional videographers or professional editors is not allowed.
  • Participants must agree that all videos submitted become the property of UH Energy and can be used for future promotional or educational purposes.



Interested students and student teams should submit their name(s) and selected topic by Wednesday, March 28 th .   Sample topics are provided below. You will receive a confirmation email approving your topic choice.



Create an amazing video!

All videos should begin with a 10 second “title screen” that includes the following information ( title screen is not included in 90 second time limit ):

  • Title of video
  • Name(s) of student creator
  • Email address (if submitting as a team, one primary contact person must be identified)
  • Phone number



Submit your final video by 5pm on Friday, April 6 th .

Videos can be submitted using EITHER of the following methods ( choose one):

  • Visit Click on SUBMIT FINAL VIDEO and provide a Vimeo link to your video.


  • Hand deliver your video on a flash drive to UH Energy Program Director, Shannon Thomas, in the UH Energy office in Cullen 124AB. Flash drive must be in an envelope and must be clearly labeled.

Any submissions that do not adhere to the specific guidelines provided above, do not have the 10 second title screen, exceed 90 seconds in length (not including title screen), or are received after 5pm on April 6 th will not be considered.  UH Energy is not responsible for videos that are not submitted or uploaded properly.


A panel of judges from UH, the energy industry and media will be looking for “edutaining” videos that are creative, entertaining and informative. Participants are encouraged to create videos that are engaging and tell an informative story. All videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Educational relevance: Video should be informative and provide relevant, accurate content
  • Entertainment/Storytelling ability: Video should be engaging and tell a story that people want to watch
  • Creativity/originality
  • Quality of video

The top 5 videos will be screened at the Energy Banquet on April 19 th . The audience will vote live to select the “People’s Choice” prize winner.


1 st place - $2,000
2 nd place - $1,000
3 rd place - $500
People’s Choice - $500



Wed, March 28 th

Topic submissions due

Fri, April 6 th

Final video submissions due

Thurs, April 19 th

Winners announced at Energy Banquet


For more information, stop by the UH Energy office or contact:
Shannon Thomas
(713) 743-6116
E. Cullen, Room 124AB


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If you need a camera or tripod, the MD Anderson Library has equipment available for students to check out. The library also has computers available with editing software installed for students to use. Cameras that are available include:

  • Lumix
  • HC-V770
  • HC-V520
  • Go Pro
  • Canon Powershot
  • Canon Rebel
  • Vixia

YouTube offers free, downloadable music and sound effects:

NREL has downloadable videos & photos of renewable energy technologies, free and in the public domain:


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  • What is gravity?


  • How does nuclear energy work?