Budding journalists and science writers, here is your chance to inspire, impress and inform your readers.
2019 Science Writing Titles:
- Australian scientific contributions to flight
- STEM - helping the disabled
- From alchemy to chemistry: the development of the periodic table
- The development of space science
- Genetics: feeding the world
- Needs of living things
- Meeting future energy needs
- Science as a Human Endeavour (YEAR 11-12 LEVEL ONLY)
A successful Oliphant Science Awards Science Writing entry:
- Is well researched and has accurate science content.
- Will communicate ideas clearly.
- Will be original, innovative and your own work.
- Will have accurate punctuation and spelling.
- Will have a References section that acknowledges all sources of information (for students in Year 8, 9-10 & 11-12, this will include in-text referencing).
Rules for Science Writing Entries:
- You must write on one of the titles listed above.
- The Science Writing entry must be the work of one person (no group entries).
- You must include a reference list that contains all the sources of information that you used. This includes all books, websites, magazines, and any people you have interviewed.
- Appropriate “in text” referencing is expected for students in year levels 8, 9-10 & 11-12.
- If you quote directly from a source, you must use quotation marks and include a reference to the source of the quote.
- Science Writing can be in a number of different genres such as:
- Persuasion / Exposition
- You may include pictures and graphic illustrations. However, if illustrations or pictures are copied you must include a reference next to the illustration or picture.
- Write or word-process your entry yourself. If there are special reasons for using help in typing or editing, then this help must be acknowledged after your reference list.
- The length of your Science Writing entry depends on your year level:
- Year R – 2: do not exceed 200 words;
- Year 3 – 5 and 6 – 7: do not exceed 800 words;
- Year 8, 9 -10, 11 – 12: do not exceed 1,500 words.
In presenting your Science Writing entry (online submission ONLY):
The following documents will need to be uploaded for your project:
- Cover sheet with your Student ID Label attached (your Coordinator will give you this label)
- Electronic copy of your science writing entry - Entries will be accepted as PDF or Word documents only. We cannot guarantee judges will be able to access any other file types.
Click here to download a PDF copy of the rules for Science Writing.
Click here to download a copy of the judging rubric.