Cardinal Gibbons duo’s video impresses NASA

September 22, 2013 

In this screen shot, Erik Borchers narrates the video “Hurricanes,” one of the winners of NASA’s Reel Science Communication video contest. Will Reiss (not shown), a classmate at Cardinal Gibbons High School, shot and edited the video.


Erik Borchers and Will Reiss of Raleigh were named a winning team in NASA’s Reel Science Communication video contest.

Will and Erik, students at Cardinal Gibbons High School, made a video about hurricanes in the contest’s “Water of the Water Planet” topic.

The contest, sponsored by NASA’s Aura, Aqua and Terra satellite missions, invited students aged 13 to 18 to create videos explaining earth science concepts to younger students.

NASA producers, communications staff and scientists judged the videos on the basis of scientific accuracy, creativity, the use of NASA data and video quality. As winners of the contest, Erik and Will were invited to work with NASA producers and scientists over the summer to make a new hurricane video that became part of NASA’s media campaign for the Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel Mission.

The contest videos can be viewed at

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