Budding journalists and science writers, here is your chance to inspire, impress and inform your readers.
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2022 Science Writing Titles:
Click here to download a PDF copy of the rules for Science Writing.
Click here to download a copy of the judging rubric.
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 the student's own work.
- Will have accurate punctuation and spelling.
- Will have a References section that acknowledges all sources of information (for students in Years 7-8, 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. Please ensure the title is clearly identified on your entry.
- 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 Years 7-8, 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:
- Information Report
- Persuasion / Exposition
- Comic (graphic writing)
- 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 - 4 and 5 - 6: do not exceed 800 words;
- Year 7 - 8, 9 -10, 11 - 12: do not exceed 1,500 words.
- A word count must be included on your entry (please note: titles, labels and referencing are not included in the word count). There can be up to a 10% tolerance of the word limit.
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 details attached (your Coordinator will give you this)
- 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.