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What is the Zoom Minier school challenge?

Enter to win a $1,000 grand prize by teaming up to make a 2 to 3 minute scientific film on the important role mines and minerals play in our everyday lives. Use your creativity to explore one of the five themes below. You can use a video camera or any other device that can create a high- quality video such as a camera, iPod, iPad, or smartphone.

The winning short films will be selected based on certain criteria, including originality, quality of information, and overall audiovisual quality. The full list of selection criteria is presented in the “Jury and criteria” section below.

Choose one of the following themes for your project:

  1. What would life in Québec look like without minerals?
  2. One industry, over 80 different professions and trades!
  3. Mining technology
  4. Minerals and 21st century transportation
  5. Minerals and sports

Who may enter?

The Zoom Minier school challenge is open to all students attending high school or taking high school courses in Québec.

What can I win?

Participants will be divided into two groups by grade. Participants in the 1st through 3rd year of high school will compete against each other, and 4th and 5th year participants will compete.


Not only will you get to keep the knowledge you’ve gained, but you’ll also get a chance to win one of the following cash prizes:

1st through 3rd year category
Grand prize $1,000
Second prize $750
Third prize $500

4th and 5th year category
Grand prize
Second prize $750
Third prize $500

Teams that come in 4th and 5th in each category will be recognized on our Web platforms and win a $100 cash prize.

Coup de cœur ArcelorMittal

You could also win the “Coup de cœur ArcelorMittal” prize. Our partner, ArcelorMittal Exploitation minière Canada s.e.n.c., will select their favorite short film from among those positioned 4th through 10th in the rankings in both categories.

The winning team will be announced on the www.zoomminier.com website at noon on Monday, May 4. The organizing committee will notify the winning team by phone between April 28 and May 1 2020. Winners will each receive a surprise gift and the opportunity to take part in the weekend of activities.


The top three winners in each category and the recipients of the “Coup de cœur ArcelorMittal” prize will get the chance to spend a weekend in Québec City, including transportation and lodging, and an invitation to the awards ceremony on May 9, 2020. We have a full program of activities planned!


To receive a prize, at least one member of the winning team must attend the awards ceremony weekend in Québec City from May 8 to 10, 2020. If no one from the team can attend, the prize will go to next highest ranked team.

How to enter

Students must work in teams of two or three. Remember: prizes are split among team members.


Only two people from each team may attend the weekend of activities and awards ceremony, so teams of three must choose two people to represent them.

Contest themes

1. What would life in Québec look like without minerals?

Did you know that one human being uses 1,450 tons of minerals, metals, and fuel in a lifetime? Minerals found in Québec are used to manufacture lots of everyday objects. For instance, we use salt from the Seleine mine in the Magdalen Islands to deice our roads during the winter. And iron from the Mont-Wright mine near Fermont is used to produce thousands of tons of steel every year. Give other examples of how minerals are routinely used in Québec, demonstrating how important they are in our day-to-day lives.

2. One industry, over 80 different professions and trades!

Check out the occupation profiles at Explorelesmines.com and present one (or more) that interest you. Describe the duties and tasks required of someone in that position. What level of education (professional, CEGEP, or university) do you need to qualify? Discuss the importance of education and training for mine workers and companies. What qualities does an ideal candidate possess?

3. Mining technology

Mining technology has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past decade. have you ever wondered about innovation in the mining sector? How technology makes it easier for miners to do their jobs? Which areas have seen the greatest technological progress? How technology makes mining safer for workers? Show us all the ways technology has an impact on mining operations.

4. Minerals and 21st century transportation

Give examples of minerals being used to manufacture various modes of transportation, such as automobiles, airplanes, trains, and bicycles. Explain the central role some minerals play in making fuel or new vehicle power sources (e.g., electricity). Show how modes of transportation have changed since the 20th century and tell us about technological innovations that have led to advances in the mining industry.

5. Minerals and sports

Graphite hockey sticks and ultralight skate blades are two examples where the use of minerals in new equipment has resulted in superior athletic performance. Give us another example by showing how minerals are used in your favorite sport.

Jury and criteria

An independent jury with no ties to the schools or participants will evaluate the short films based on the following criteria:


Command of the topic (Accessibility of information, critical thinking, scientific reasoning, objectivity, rationale, etc.)

/10 points

Quality of information (Relevance, clarity, and accuracy of statements; sources used; credibility and truthfulness of information, etc.)

/10 points

Audiovisual quality

/10 points


/10 points

Overall assessment (Jury members can award a total of five points based on their overall assessment of your work)

/5 points
Adherence to chosen theme /5 points

Things to keep in mind

Challenge etiquette

Hateful or offensive videos will be excluded from the challenge. You must demonstrate objectivity, critical thinking, and insight in your creative and scientific approach. Do not make claims you are unsure of or cannot prove.

Remember: The maximum time (including credits) is 3 minutes and the minimum is 2 minutes. If your work falls short of or exceeds the time limit, you will be penalized and may be excluded from the competition.

Entries will be given a 10-second window. Films that exceed the initial time limit but fit within the window will not be excluded from the competition, but a penalty of 5 points will be deducted from their overall score. Films that exceed the 10-second window will automatically be excluded.


Once your work has been submitted to the Zoom Minier challenge, CSMO Mines (Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre de l’industrie des mines) and INMQ (Institut national des mines du Québec) automatically obtain the right to use and distribute your production on their Web platforms and in conjunction with their activities.

Before using images from the Internet, you must get permission or make sure they are in the public domain. You are solely responsible for the content of your work and CSMO Mines will not be held liable for any claims of plagiarism by third parties.

How to enter

You have until 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2020, to fill out the entry form found in the “Inscription” section of the www.zoomminier.com website. You may upload your video in the “Soumettre la vidéo” section beginning on March 16, 2020. Indicate your chosen theme on the form and give your short film a catchy title.

  • The entry period will open at 8:00 a.m. on January 1, 2020, and end at 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2020.
  • Upload your work by 11:59 p.m. on April 19, 2020. Videos submitted after that time will not be accepted.

Notification and award

The list of winners will be announced at noon on Monday, May 4, 2020, on social media, the CSMO Mines website, and the www.zoomminier.com website. CSMO Mines will notify winners by phone April 28-May 1, 2020. For more information, contact Audrey Dumont by phone at 418-653-9254, ext. 223, or by email at adumont@csmomines.qc.ca.


Awards will be handed out during the weekend of activities May 8–10, 2020. Winners and their chaperones will be greeted at the hotel at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020. CSMO Mines will provide information about the weekend of activities. Please note that at least one representative of the winning team must attend. If not, that team’s prize will be awarded to the next highest ranked team.


Winning teams must be chaperoned by a parent, guardian, or teacher (one chaperone per team) who will also take part in the activities and attend the awards ceremony (transportation and lodging included).

Accepted video formats

  • .MP4 and .MOV files: Usually compatible with H.264 and MPEG-4 video codecs and AAC audio codec.
  • .AVI files: Many cameras write this format (the video codec is usually MJPEG and the audio is PCM).
  • .WMV files
  • .FLV files: Adobe-FLV1 video codec

For technical questions, please contact adumont@csmomines.qc.ca


Works submitted in an invalid format must be fixed and resubmitted by the April 12 11:59 p.m. deadline. Teams that submit a new version of their film after that date will not be eligible for the competition even if they submitted the first version by 11:59 p.m. on April 12, 2020. Don’t wait until the last minute!

Important dates

Entry period opens: January 1, 2020

Entry deadline: March 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Video submission deadline: April 12, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

List of winners announced: April 27, 2020

Prizes awarded: May 9, 2020

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