Science: Fiction: Make: Believe

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We have launched a Scotland-wide creative writing competition for S2 pupils. The competition involves a 750 word creative piece about any Scottish scientist (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) alive or dead, or the impact of their discoveries or inventions. We are trying to put the Arts into STEM - STE(A)M. The pupil could write this piece in any creative format (e.g. blog, twitter, diary etc.,) or as a straight essay taking a different perspective (e.g. as a member of the research team, as the scientist themselves, as a newspaper report etc.,). It is anticipated that teachers co-ordinating their school's contribution would select two essays that they would submit to the competition by January 31st. The overall winners to be announced in mid-February.


Eligibility

S2 pupils in any school in Scotland, two submissions per school in electronic format. Submissions should be no more than 750 words and may include graphics or images that have appropriate permissions.




Prizes

One overall winner will be selected by the judging panel and will receive a £50 voucher prize. Four runners-up will receive £25 voucher prizes each. This year's overall winner has had her essay published by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in their Summer Resource Magazine. All schools will receive a Certificate of Recognition for their involvement as will the two pupils whose work is submitted to the competition. The prizes will be awarded at our British Science Week event in March, 2018, here in St. Andrews and will be presented by a major literary figure and/or scientist. (Standard class rail fare expenses for the winner and runners-up and up to two accompanying adults will be reimbursed and lunch will be provided).




Judging Panel

The panel will include Dr Gavin Bowd (incoming-Head of Modern Languages), Dr Lewis Dean (Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution), Paul Gardner (Principal Teaching Fellow, Psychology & Neuroscience), Dr Denis Hanlon (Lecturer, School of Film Studies), Carla McGaharan (Admissions), Dr Heather McKiggan-Fee (Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development), Paula Miles (Senior Teaching Fellow, Psychology & Neuroscience), Dr Mhairi Stewart (Public Engagement Officer, BioMedical Sciences), Carole Tricker and colleagues from the Byre Writers Group. We are proud to announce that this event has the support of The Royal Society of Edinburgh.






Queries and Submissions

For further information and to submit your entries please email Paul Gardner plg@st-andrews.ac.uk

Paul Gardner, Principal Teaching Fellow, School of Psychology & Neuroscience



Royal Society Edinburgh