U of S vet students' Magic School Bus parody finalist in video contest

April 18, 2014 - 9:38am
Devon Wilson plays Ms. Frizzle in the students' "Magic School Bus" themed video. Screen shot from Youtube.
Devon Wilson plays Ms. Frizzle in the students' "Magic School Bus" themed video. Screen shot from Youtube.

Some students at the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are trying to herd people online to vote for them in a cow-themed video contest.

The U of S video follows the journey of students who take a magic school bus ride inside a cow and if this video receives the most votes, the school will win a new ultrasound.

"This would be really nice to have because (the new ultrasound) is really small, it's light and it's new technology so the screen would be faster, it would be clearer and it would be easy to use," said Devon Wilson, a third-year vet student who helped create the video.

The video is modelled after the 1990s TV show The Magic School Bus and was filmed with the help of a green screen and a bus used for pubcrawls in Saskatoon.

The U of S video is the only Canadian one in the competition and has already made it through to the next stage.

"They chose five finalists and we were one of the five," Wilson said.

Now, the students are trying to get people to vote for their video until April 27 with the winners announced on May 1.

"I know in previous years the winner received over 6,000 votes, so we definitely need a lot of the votes. Some of the schools we're competing against are pretty large," Wilson said.

Right now, Wilson said the third-year students use two older ultrasounds for their labs. Having another, newer one would give more students in the class of around 30 people a chance to learn the technology firsthand.

"There's only so much you can learn by watching someone else do it. So, being able to do it yourself would be really great," Wilson said.

The new ultrasound is worth about $13,500.

Votes can be made on the team's webpage.


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