The teachers’ guide to the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing

Are your students in years 7-10? They’re eligible to enter the prestigious science writing competition, UNSW’s Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing!

What is this competition all about?

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize is a science writing competition designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders.

The science writing competition offers high school students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and interest in writing to this year’s theme ‘The Big Ideas Saving the Planet’. It offers great practice for research, creative thinking and essay writing, and gives students the chance to combine what they’ve learnt across several different humanities and STEM-based subjects.

Hear from a year 10 student about her experience HERE.

Who is it for?

The science writing competition is open to all students in Years 7–10. It is designed to be used as a classroom or extra-curricular activity in any of the following areas:

  • HSIE
  • TAS
  • Science
  • English
  • Sustainability
  • Critical and creative thinking

Click here for curriculum links

What are the prizes?

The winner will be awarded a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher and a subscription to the Australian Book Review.

The winning essay will be included in the 2022 edition of NewSouth Publishing’s highly acclaimed anthology The Best Australian Science Writing, where it will appear alongside essays by some of the country’s leading science writers. It will also appear in an issue of CSIRO’s Double Helix Magazine, on and on

Winners and runners up will invited to attend the Bragg Prize award ceremony and launch of The Best Australian Science Writing 2021 in Sydney.

Are there teacher resources?

Yes! To help you use the science writing competition in the classroom we have compiled:

What are the competition dates?

The competition runs from 20 April to 27 August 2021.

Win a book pack for your school!

We’re giving away a book prize pack to both the regional and city school with the most entries. Simply enter as many students from your school as you can for the chance to win a pack including each of the below books.

  • Flames of Extinction by John Pickrell
  • Plastic Free: The Inspiring Story of a Global Environmental Movement and Why It Matters by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and Joanna Atherfold Finn
  • Living with the Anthropocene edited by Cameron Muir, Kirsten Wehner, Jenny Newell
  • The Best Australian Science Writing 2021 edited by Dyani Lewis

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Eliza Brockwell

Author: Eliza Brockwell

Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.


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