Science: Fiction: Make: Believe

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We are again hosting 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.,).

The overall winners and runners-up are now in and we are contacting them. We are very grateful to the teachers and the 64 Schools that have now taken part and we will do it all again next year!

Finalists 2017

1. Alex Connah, Perth Academy for her gruesome introduction and gripping tale about James Young Simpson. (Overall Winner)

2. Beth Anderson Auchmuty High School for her memorable ghostly tale about George Mackintosh with bit of a light-hearted ending. (Runner Up)

3. Eve Barrie Auchmuty High School for her creative story of the Scottish superwoman Victoria Drummond. (Runner Up)

4. Yasmin Robertson, Banchory Academy for her wry interpretation of what Alexander Graham Bell would say of our iphone culture. (Runner Up)

The judges would also like me to send a Certificate of Commendation to:

Jessica Brown, Perth Academy; Innis Hay, Banchory Academy; Josh Jamieson, Banchory Academy; Ethan Wild, Girvan Academy; Morgan Mackie and also Andrew Ross,Our Lady's High School (Motherwell). If your pupils would like to attend an award ceremony on the 4th March, 12.30pm we would love to have them here in St. Andrews (School of Physics & Astronomy University of St Andrews North Haugh St Andrews KY16 9SS). It is our British Science Week Open Event (10.00-16.00) on that day and we will have a representative from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to present the prizes. I would be very grateful if you could extend that invitation to the pupils and their families.


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


One overall winner will be selected by the judging panel and will receive a £50 voucher prize. Three runners-up will receive £25 voucher prizes each. All schools will receive a Certificate of Recognition for their involvement in the competition. The final prizes will be awarded at our British Science Week event on March 4th, 2017, here in St. Andrews. (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

Our panels have included Dr Gavin Bowd (former Head of Modern Languages), Geraldine Brown (Adult, Baby & Child Lab), Dr Lewis Dean (Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution), Toni Ellen (Reviewer and Copy Editor), Paul Gardner (Senior Lecturer, 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 (Lecturer, Psychology & Neuroscience), Dr Mhairi Stewart (Public Engagement Officer, BioMedical Sciences), and Carole Tricker 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

Paul Gardner, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology & Neuroscience