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There were seven, and then there were six. A children’s nursery rhyme or a description of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven great natural wonders?
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thought to be unable to biodegrade, and immune to anything nature could throw at it. However, nobody had considered the caterpillars.
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 2017 in November!
Your 800 word essay could consist of:
1. A news story on an exciting piece of research that aims to solve issues relating to climate change, clean water, pollution, clean energy, food security and biodiversity.
2. Your own ideas for sustainable initiatives that will make an impact in your community, in Australia or around the world.
3. An essay on why these issues are important for society; their impact and the need to address the challenges in food, water, climate, pollution and biodiversity.
For examples of great science writing and questions to help you get started, click HERE.
To help you write your essay, we've compiled some useful examples, tips and tricks:
The first five schools to enter will receive a fantastic science writing book pack including the Best Australian Science Writing 2016, John Pickrell’s Flying Dinosaurs and Weird Dinosaurs, Adam Spencer’s World of Numbers and Richard Fitzpatrick’s Shark Tracker.
Last day for entries is 20 August 2017.
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 sustainability, which must be 800 words or less. They can submit their essay themselves HERE, or teachers can submit them for your class.
Entries close 20 August.
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 2017 in Sydney in early November!
Please read the Terms and Conditions of entry HERE.
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; Michael Slezak, Environment Correspondent for Guardian Australia and Deborah Smith, Media Officer in the UNSW Faculty of Science and former Science Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.
The winners will be notified in October 2017 and publicly announced in November 2017.
Read more about the judges HERE.
The UNSW Bragg Student Prize is open from 22 May to 20 August 2017.
The first five schools to enter will receive a book pack of some of Australia's best science writing!
Parents need to sign the consent form, which is uploaded upon submission.
Students also need to agree to the terms and conditions.