Entering the UNSW Bragg Student Prize? Judges share their writing tips

Are you entering the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing 2022?

We bet you have a bunch of brilliant ideas, but when it comes down to the actual writing part… Well, that’s the tricky part! You might find yourself a little stumped and not know where to start. Don’t worry, two of this year’s Bragg judges – Heather Catchpole and Brad Thomas – are here to help. Watch the video for their incredible tips on how to write an award-winning essay.

About the Bragg judges

Heather Catchpole

Bragg judges- Heather CatchpoleHeather is a business owner and communications expert with wide experience in collaboration, startups, science and technology sectors. She is the CEO of Refraction Media, a STEM specialist content company that has worked with the Australian Academy of Science, Chief Scientists Office, Cooperative Research Centres, Australian Council of Deans of Science, Google, Atlassian, CSIRO and many more.

Heather excels at distilling complex messages, onboarding stakeholders, facilitating mentorship and promoting a culture of collaboration.

A journalist, presenter and producer, Heather has experience working with media, universities, government, educators and large finance, science and technology corporations. She is the founder of the Careers with STEM brand, promoted by Barack Obama’s 2016 CS for all initiative and responsible for distributing 2 million free STEM careers magazines to high school students in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Heather’s wide-ranging background includes creating a virtual tour of a nuclear reactor and reporting for ABC radio from fossil digs and live volcanoes. She is the author of a number of children’s books, including most recently Ready, Set, Code!

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Bradley Thomas

Bragg judges - Brad ThomasBrad holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a diploma in Education (Bsc Dip Ed). His specialist areas are Biology and Earth and Environmental Science. He has 25 years of teaching experience and is nationally accredited as a Highly Accomplished Teacher with NSW Education Standards Authority (ATA NESA). His current school is Macarthur Girls High School in Parramatta, Sydney.

He is passionate, committed, enthusiastic, dedicated, and determined to strive, to succeed, and to teach to the highest standards to all students in his care. His goal is always to inspire, engage and share his love of Science as a rewarding lifelong and meaningful learning experience.

To find out more about the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing and to enter, head on over here.

Louise Meers

Author: Louise Meers

Louise is Careers with STEM’s digital content strategist. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.


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