Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 15/06/2022

Are you stuck on your Science Writing entry? Here are some great places to start or some resources to add to your current project! Click on the links below.


We are proud to have the Clean Air Society of Australia & New Zealand as our Science Writing Category sponsor this year!

You can view all the 2021 Science Writing winning entries here.

Endangered Species Recovery


  • Rewilding animals
  • Endangered animals on Kangaroo Island after bushfires
  • Plants in suburbs - is it good to simply scatter flowering seeds in the aim of increasing biodiversity? What are the impacts and considerations?


Life Without the Lightbulb

Should Animals be Used for Research?

Idea: Be an animal in a lab and then be a human in need of insulin - research how insulin is made - are animals involved in the production of insulin? If not now, were they? What if it never happened, would we have insulin for people with Diabetes?


Developing a Green Future


  • Does being ‘green’ mean you have to be vegan?
  • What animals can we grow to prevent carbon dioxide and methane entering the atmosphere, and still produce animals for eating?
  • What happens when we remove an old gum tree from the environment

How are the Technical Properties of Glass Changing the World?

First Nation Science

  • Look up Deadly Science and Corey Tutt OAM. Find his books and read up on Young Dark Emu by Uncle Bruce Pascoe

Air Quality

Idea: In April 1970, Apollo 13 carried three astronauts to the Moon. The mission was aborted (cancelled!) because there was a problem with the air quality filter machines. The astronauts had to invent a way to create breathable air or else they would die- what did they do? What would you do?


Have you considered if being able to see the ‘stuff’ in air would change others perception about the quality of air we breathe and the massive job we give our nose hairs and back of the throat in protecting us?

The photos below are some examples of what was filtered out of air, viewed through a light microscope.