Science Writing

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:
    • Recount
    • Information
    • Report
    • Narrative
    • Procedure
    • Explanation
    • Discussion
    • Persuasion / Exposition
    • Response
    • Description
  • 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.