UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing
Entries for 2019 are now closed. The competition will re-open in April 2020.
2019 theme: ‘Not-so-smart technology’
We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution. We’re living in a new era where pioneering technologies are altering every aspect of life. As far as we’ve come, there are still many problems that are yet to be solved. Scientists are issuing dire warnings about climate change, machine technology is redefining the workforce and diseases like Alzheimer’s are on the rise as we face an ageing population.
This year, in 800 words or less, we asked students to identify and discuss a problem in the world that has yet to be solved by contemporary science and technology. Their answers could reflect on any issue big or small, such as the number of robots that do chores or the degree of cultural diversity in smartphone apps.
Here are the winners of the 2019 UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing:
Arwyn Stone (Year 9, Abbotsleigh, NSW) questions the science behind increasingly popular fertility tracking apps. Read her winning essay in full here.
William Flintoft (Year 10, Melbourne Grammar School, Vic) explores our increasing reliance on automation and Artifical Intelligence. Read his essay in full here.
Phoebe Adam (Year 8, Presbyterian Ladies College Croydon, NSW) , punctures some of the hype around driverless car technology. Read her essay in full here.
Thinking about entering next year? Get started with these resources!
About the UNSW Bragg Student Science Prize
The Bragg Prize is an annual award celebrating the best non-fiction science essay written for a general audience. An initiative of UNSW Press, UNSW Science and Refraction Media, the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders. For an aspiring university Dean of Science or Walkley Award-winning journalist, this could be the first entry on their CV.
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. 2015 marked the centenary of their Nobel Prize win in Physics for their work on the X-ray analysis of crystal structures. William Henry Bragg was a firm believer in making science popular among young people. His lectures for students were described as models of clarity and intellectual excitement. More information about the Bragg prizes can be found here.