Congratulations to the 2021 UNSW Bragg Prize for Student Science Writing winners

Inspo incoming! This year's Bragg winners have some seriously game-changing ideas.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing!

Is online learning effecting our health? What makes a violin produce sound? How do ultrasounds work? These are the fascinating and timely questions explored in the winning essays of this year’s UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing.

High school students around Australia were invited to submit 800-word essays in response to the 2021 theme: The STEM in Everyday Life – something that’s important to themselves, their families, culture or region.

Three winning essays were selected from dozens of seriously impressive entries. Find out more about our 2021 panel of judges here.

Winner: The dark side of blue light

Emilia Danne (Year 8, St John Bosco College), marries wit and science to question how online learning is effecting our health. Read her essay in full here.

Runner-up: How does the violin saw its tooth?

Stephanie Chew (Year 8, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney), explores the complicated science behind how a violin produces sound. Read her essay in full here.

Runner-up: Ultrasound, seeing with sound 

Elora Guirguis (Year 10, Mater Dei Catholic College, Wagga Wagga) walks us through the way STEM is used in ultrasounds. Read her essay in full here.

Congratulations also to the following schools for submitting the most entries, taking out  our School’s Book Prize:

An initiative of UNSW PressUNSW Science and Refraction Media, the UNSW Bragg Prize for Student Science Writing is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders.

The Bragg Prizes are named for Australia’s very first Nobel Laureates, the father-and-son team of William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg. Check out the competition page for the 2022 theme at the start of Term 1 2022.


Cassie Steel

Author: Cassie Steel

As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.



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