Schools Competition


Hilary Term 2021 Competition Winners

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 Oxplore: a digital outreach portal from Oxford University. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draw on the latest research undertaken at Oxford. Oxplore aims to realise aspirations, promote broader thinking and stimulate intellectual curiosity.


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