Win a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher and a subscription to the Australian Book Review! Have your essay published in CSIRO’s Double Helix Magazine, on Cosmos Magazine‘s online blog, on CareerswithSTEM.com and newsouthpublishing.com.
PLUS win a trip to the Bragg Prize awards and meet amazing writers at the launch of the Best Australian Science Writing 2018 in November!
Technology has transformed many aspects of society in a short period of time – take the invention of the internet, which only became widely used in the late 1990s, and smartphones and tablets, which took off in the late 2000s. In other ways, some of the technologies predicted to be used in the 2020s are yet to appear, like flying cars and personal robots.
In 800 words or less, describe the impacts of a particular technology on society. You can look at a technology of the past (even ancient past), describe a technology in use today, a new technology that is being developed, or outline your predictions for the technology of the future.
Your 800 words essay could consist of:
– A news story on technology that is being developed now and its predicted impacts.
– Your own ideas for new technologies that will need to be developed in the future.
– An essay on what the impact of a particular technology is on different parts of society.
“I really enjoyed the process of entering this competition. I learned a lot and met some great people who have inspired me to live a sustainable life and make daily choices that are good for the environment.
“Simply put, without having the experience of researching, writing and submitting my science essay, let alone winning the competition, I would be without countless “once-in-a-lifetime” experiences and opportunities.
“I was asked to read my essay on ABC Radio National’s The Science Show and my story was published in major newspapers and magazines. I was lucky enough to meet some of Australia’s most prominent science writers and the producer of ABC’s War on Waste.
“If I wasn’t encouraged to enter this competition, I would have regretted not having a go. I had a great experience and learned lots. You have nothing to lose.” – Sam Jones, 2017 Winner
Sam Jones’ essay, ‘Imperfect Produce & the War on Waste’ won him last year’s prize under the category ‘Sustainability’.
The first five schools to enter will receive a fantastic science writing book pack including: Best Australian Science Writing 2017 edited by Michael Slezak, The Birds at my Table: Why we feed wild birds and why it matters by Darryl Jones, and The Secret Life of Whales by Micheline Jenner.
Last day for entries is 28 August 2018.
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.
The UNSW Bragg student prize is open to all high school students in Years 7–10.
It’s a great way to complement your studies across all areas including Science, English, Geography, Design & Technology and more!
Entering is easy and completely free!
Students write a short piece about ‘Technology and Tomorrow’, which must be 800 words or less. They can submit their essay themselves HERE, or teachers can submit them for your class. Please email email@example.com if you would like to enter your class as a batch.
The winner will be awarded a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher and a subscription to the Australian Book Review. Their essay will be published in an issue of CSIRO’s Double Helix Magazine, on Cosmos Magazine‘s online blog, on CareerswithSTEM.com and on 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 2018 in Sydney in early November!
References do not contribute to your essay word count.
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 comprising: Heather Catchpole, Head of Content at Refraction Media; John Pickrell, author and former editor of Australian Geographic; Stephanie Schwarz, a teacher at Moriah College in Sydney; and Deborah Smith, former Science Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.
The winners will be notified in October 2018 and publicly announced in November 2018.
Read more about the judges HERE.
The UNSW Bragg Student Prize is open from 30 April to 28 August 2018.
The first five schools to enter will receive a book pack of some of Australia’s best science writing!
For examples of great science writing and questions to help you get started, click HERE.