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The OxSci Schools Science Writing Competition for Trinity Term 2021 is Now Open!

[UPDATE: Competition deadline extended to Midnight Saturday 3rd of July to allow for COVID extended school terms.

Last Day Left. Still time to submit. 23:59 Saturday 3rd July]

Choose ONE of the two questions for this term’s competition are:

“What would Science look like in 50 years time?”

OR

“To what extent are the humanities important to Scientists?”


Feel free to explore any relevant ideas ranging from present day ideas and developments, Computation and AI to new and upcoming scientific techniques and methods. For the second question, please pick one humanity from Arts, Theology, Literature and Music. Both titles will be marked equally and judged in the same format. Please see below for the details.


The word limit for articles is 700 words and you must be a school, college or sixth form student in Year 13, 12, 11 or 10 (or equivalent*) in the UK. The deadline for submitting your article is midnight on Saturday 3rd July. Please click on the link below to access the google form where you can submit your article.

Submit your article here: https://forms.gle/Ae3WRMWVzNhecsUL9

We are really interested to hear your ideas and originality, but please make sure that they are relevant to the question! Articles will be judged by our panel of experts. Please take note that your submissions will be assessed on relevance to the question, quality of scientific analysis, originality, writing style and grammar, interest to a general audience, and factual accuracy. You should try to write at a level that would be simple enough for someone who has an interest in science but isn’t an expert on the topic you are writing about.


The winning article will receive a £50 Amazon voucher and will be published online and in our termly magazine. The runners-up will have their articles featured on our website. This is a fantastic opportunity to write about science beyond the scope of your school studies and is also a great thing to mention in university personal statements. There will also be an online meeting to provide in detail feedback directly from the judges of the competition. We would strongly encourage you to enter even if you have never taken part in a science writing competition before!


We also recommend that you read our FAQs before you start writing your article. If you have any further questions about the competition, please email [email protected]


*(Year 14, 13, 12, 11 in Northern Ireland and S3, S4, S5, S6 in Scotland)


Hilary (Spring) Term 2021 Competition Results

We are delighted to announce the winner and runners-up for the Hilary Term 2021 Schools Science Writing Competition on the theme of  ‘How is creativity important in science?’

We were blown away by the quality of the articles received. They were incredibly well written and researched, making judging very difficult. We only wish that we had the space to acknowledge more of them. Thank you so much to everyone who entered – we thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your articles and hope that you continue writing about science in the future!


The overall winner of the Hilary Term Competition is:

‘A Levitating Frog and Scotch Tape’ by Rohit Antonygnaneswaran, Year 12 at Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School


Category winners

Year 12-13 category winner: ‘The Unappreciated Creativity within Science’ by Lucy Kelly, Year 12 at Barton Peveril College.

Year 10-11 category winner: ‘Creativity: Essential to Science and the Human Race’ by Tilly Arscott, Year 11 at The Woodroffe School.


Runners-up

Creativity: The Wings to Science’ by Preesha Jain, Year 12 at Chelmsford County High School for Girls.

How is Creativity Important in Science?’ by Theo Hawkins, Year 11 at King’s College School Wimbledon.

René Laënnec: Discovery of the Stethoscope’ by Rania Ocho, Year 12 at St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls.

‘Creativity: A Scientific Necessity’ by Sophie Beck, Year 12 at James Allen’s Girls’ School.

‘The Art Of Turning Nothing Into Something’ by Nyneisha Bansal, Year 11 at Aylesbury High School.

‘The Science Behind Creativity’ by Carmen Dupac, Year 12 at Twynham School.


Our Judges

Prof Angela Brueggemann is professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on understanding how changes in bacterial populations impact global health and vaccine initiatives. Currently, she is leading an international consortium of reference laboratories in 26 countries investigating the impact of COVID-19 on the rates of invasive diseases caused by S pneumoniae, H influenzae and N meningitidis. Angela is also involved in outreach and is keen to inspire the next generation of scientists.  

Dr Joy Ogbechi is a Versus Arthritis Foundation Fellow and researcher at The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology. Her current research seeks ways to restore the imbalance of immune signals in Rheumatoid Arthritis by targeting immune cell metabolism. Joy feels strongly about giving back to the community and engages in outreach and awareness programs.

Dr Samuel Cahill is a Departmental Lecturer in Practical Chemistry based in the Chemistry Teaching Laboratory and Christ Church, University of Oxford. His work focuses on teaching in a laboratory environment as well as the development of new teaching material for this purpose. Samuel’s keen interest in teaching has led him to engage in class and summer school teaching as well as outreach in Oxford. 


This competition is kindly sponsored by Asia UK Schooling (AUKS). Asia UK Schooling is an education company based in Brighton and Hove, UK, which specialises in UK University preparation, subject tuition and Summer Exchange courses. AUKS runs many courses to help students to push beyond the curriculum and get ahead of the curve in their subject and classes for top school and university admissions in the UK. More details can be found on their website: www.asiaukschooling.com


Any questions about the current competition, please contact: [email protected].

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