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 ‘Not-so-smart technology’. 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.

The winner will be awarded a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher and a subscription to the Australian Book Review. Winners and runners up will also get the opportunity to attend the Bragg Prize award ceremony and launch of The Best Australian Science Writing 2018 in Sydney in early November!

Read last year’s winning entry HERE.

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

Are there teacher resources?

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

1. A student worksheet for inspiring ideas.

2. Tips for great science writing

3. A poster you can download for the classroom (pdf)

What are the competition dates?

The competition runs from 29 April 2019 to 27 August 2019.

 

Frequently asked questions

Entering is easy and completely free!

Students write a short piece about sustainability, which must be 800 words or less. They can submit their essay themselves HERE from the 29th of April 2019, or you can submit them for your class.

To enter, students need to agree to the terms and conditions, and their parents to sign the consent form, which is uploaded with their submission.

Entries close 27 August 2019.

Judges will assess entries on: suitability of topic, language and tone, accuracy, imaginative quality and overall quality of writing.

Entries will be assessed by a panel of judges chosen by UNSW Press. Get up to date information on this year’s judges HERE.

The winners will be notified and announced in October 2019 and promoted at an event in November 2019.

Please read the Terms and Conditions of entry HERE.

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize is open from 29 April to 27 August 2019.

The winner will be awarded a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher and a subscription to the Australian Book Review. They’ll also have their essay published in CSIRO’s Double Helix Magazine, on CareerswithSTEM.com and newsouthpublishing.com

Winners and runners up will also get the opportunity to attend the Bragg Prize award ceremony and launch of The Best Australian Science Writing 2019 in Sydney in early November!

Students need to agree to the terms and conditions.

Parents need to sign the consent form, which is uploaded with their child’s submission.

Eliza Brockwell

Author: Eliza Brockwell

Eliza is the Digital Producer for Careers with STEM. Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.

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