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The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing is now open!

UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing

The coolest science writing competition in the country is back for 2023 with a topic we know you’re going to have a lot to say about

The annual UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing is a science essay writing competition open to all Australian high school students in years 7 to 10. Not only are there some awesome prizes up for grabs for you and your class – it’s a great way to complement your studies across all areas including Science, English, History & Geography, Design & Technology and more.

This year’s topic? AI in science!

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has been a big part of the news for 2023: it’s already a big part of our lives and is rapidly evolving. How does science and technology use or benefit from AI and how should we best navigate a future where AI is part of our everyday lives?

In your UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing essay, you’ll need to use 800 words to explore how we use and benefit from AI, with a particular focus on science.

Your essay might explore any of the following questions: 

  • What is AI and how does it work?
  • How do we use AI technologies such as machine learning and natural language processing in science and our everyday lives?
  • What are the dangers and benefits of AI?
  • What are the ethical implications of AI?
  • How can we address society’s concerns about AI? How might AI impact education? What are its limits?
  • What impacts AI may have on the creative thinking, imagination and originality of science?
  • What jobs might the use of AI create or replace?

Enter now

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing competition opens April 27, closes August 25 and winners will be announced October 23. View the competition page for terms and conditions, essay writing tips and tricks, inspo, info on the judges and more.

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What will you win?

UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing
The two schools with the most entries in The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing will score this book pack!

The winner of the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing will be awarded a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher. Two runners up with receive $250 book vouchers.

The winning essay will be included in the 2024 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 CareerswithSTEM.com and on https://unsw.press/

Read up on AI

In preparation for writing your award-winning essay, get your head in the game by reading up on AI on Careers with STEM. Here are some awesome pieces, quizzes and videos to get you started:

Make sure you also check out our Robots & AI hub for more great reads, and sign up to our e-newsletter for competition updates.

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