Jump to a Molecule:

Structural View of HIV/AIDS:

A Video Challenge for High School Students

2015 Video Challenge Competition

The topic for 2015 will be Detecting and Combating HIV in 3D.

Videos should focus on exploring the 3D macromolecular structures related to HIV testing, drugs, and vaccines. Detailed information will be published here on January 6, 2015.

Videos will be accepted for consideration from March 4-May 31, 2015.

2014 Competition Winners Announced

Challenge Introduction

What is the challenge?

The RCSB PDB invites high school students to create short videos (two minutes or less) that tell a story about HIV/AIDS. The video must include a visualization/animation of two or more molecular structures from the PDB and may be focused on any topic related to the structural biology of HIV/AIDS, such as:

  • The partial or complete life cycle of HIV
  • HIV vs the human immune system presenting the scenario of what likely happens in an individual upon exposure to HIV
  • HIV testing to detect infection and as a follow-up during anti-HIV treatment
  • Anti-HIV treatment options and the challenges of drug resistance
  • HIV vaccines
  • HIV and cancer
  • Any other aspects of HIV/AIDS of interest

All images, animations and narrative used in the video should be original.

A PDF flyer describing this challenge is available for download and distribution.

Who can participate?

All students enrolled in any high school in the United States are eligible to participate in the challenge. Equivalent level home schooled students are also eligible to participate. Students new to the subject are strongly encouraged to participate.

Important Dates

Information about the 2015 challenge will be made available in January.

Video Submission
February 17, 2014 at 12:01 am Eastern Time (ET) -
May 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET
June 1 - 10, 2014
Award winners will be announced at rcsb.org the week of June 16, 2014.


All qualified submissions will be eligible to win one or more of the following:

Judge's Award

A panel of expert judges will review the videos. All qualified entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • scientific content (40%)
  • creativity (20%)
  • overall impact (10%)
  • originality of concept (10%)
  • entertainment value (10%)
  • production quality (10%)

The top three entries will be recognized on rcsb.org and in an upcoming RCSB PDB Newsletter's Education Corner.

Viewer's Choice Award

As voted by the viewers.

Service to the Community Award

Videos with scientifically accurate content and interesting presentation will be forwarded to the AIDS Education Training Center (AETC) National Resource Center for consideration as material for training health care professionals, patients and their families. Selected entries may receive separate recognition.