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2014 International Science Poetry Competition

(For school students, and sponsored by Science Time Educational Consultancy and
The Science Education Review.)
Three age group divisions: 9-11, 12-14, and 15+ years of age

Why a Science Poetry Competition?

There are many good reasons for encouraging students to write science poetry. These include:

  • People can have at least seven different ways to be intelligent, or smart. One can be word smart (read it, write about it, talk about it, listen to it), number/logic smart (calculate it, reason), picture smart (see it, draw it, visualise it, colour it, mind-map it), body smart (build it, act it out, touch it), music smart (sing it, write a poem about it, rap it), people smart (teach it to someone else, learn it in a small group, understand others), and self smart (analyse it, think about it, connect it to your own life, understand yourself). Future successful adults will need to be resourceful and flexible, and use many of these different ways of being smart. For example, there are people who presently earn income by combining science with drama and music, as they make their audiences aware of how scientific discoveries are affecting, or may affect, our lives.
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  • Poetry can help us to be creative. When you write poetry, you need to use your whole brain; both the left side of your brain (e.g., language and logic) and the right side (e.g., visualisation and creativity). These days, many employers are looking for people who can be creative by using their whole brain. We also want our future scientists to be creative problem solvers, and exceptional scientists are those who look at the same things everyone else looks at, but see something different.
  • The rhyme and rhythm of poetry (and music) can help us to remember things.
For further information about the benefits of using science poetry, and relevant classroom techniques and resources, please click here.

What can be Won?

The author of the winning poem in each age division of this annual competition receives a winner's certificate and individual trophy (both at the discretion of the judge), while each runner-up receives a certificate so designated. Students whose work is Very Highly Commended, Highly Commended, or Commended receive a certificate (i.e., we aim to give credit where it is due by acknowledging all reasonable efforts). Facilitators are offered a complimentary science show for all students in one class of their choice (subject to having a minimum number of additional paying students). Depending on entries, there is discretion to also make other awards, such as the best poem from a particular country.

What Needs to be Done?

Post your poem/s or rhyme/s, together with the completed Entry Form, to reach us by June 15, 2014. Include the student name, age (as of the closing date), and school on each poem (possibly on the back). The entry fee of 5.50 AUD (Australian dollars, and including GST) per poem needs to accompany the Entry Form. There is a minimum fee of 27.50 AUD per school (not applicable to homeschoolers), but no maximum limit. The entry fees contribute to judging and administration costs, including the issuing of certificates.

What Conditions Apply?

  • Entries must be original, in English, and in hard copy (printed) format only.
  • Entrants need to be primary or high school students at the time of entry.
  • Your poem must have something to do with science (e.g., a science experiment, a science idea, or a scientific issue that is important in our lives; even a science teacher!) and should have rhyme and rhythm.
  • There is no limit to the length of your poem, but short poems can be great.
  • A student may enter more than one poem.
  • The judges' decision is final.
  • Permission is granted for Science Time to reproduce your entry.

Anything Else?

While receiving an award in this competition will give recipients much satisfaction, there are benefits for you in just trying to write poetry. You will practise a few different ways of being smart, and many entries will be displayed on this Web site for the whole world to see!

The judging process will take into account the skills that could be expected from a student at his/her age. A 9-year-old student, for example, should therefore not be concerned about entering a competition that also includes 11-year-olds.

If you would like some good ideas for writing poetry, the following excellent, inexpensive booklets can help.

  • I Need a Poem, Mum! Aimed at the primary student, it contains many poems (including science poems) and guidance for writing different types of poetry; couplets, parodies, limericks, story-telling, poetic language, acrostics, haiku, and shape "poems."

  • Help! A Handbook for Writers and Performers of Rhymed Verse. Written for a more advanced audience.
Both may be purchased from Carmel Randle, "Splenda Crescent," M/S 852, Preston, Qld. 4352 Australia (Fax 61-7-46309998 [within Australia 07 4630 9998]). Why not also suggest a copy of each for your school and/or public library?

May I Please Have an Example?

Yes. Click here to view progress with judging, recent winners, and some entries from previous years, as well as comments from the adjudicator.

Payment

Payment may be made by credit card, PayPal account, or bank draft (e.g., cheque or money order). Bank drafts need to be in Australian dollars (AUD), and payable to Science Time. In addition, payment may be made by direct debit, from within Australia only, by crediting the following account. Excessive bank charges unfortunately prevent us from accepting direct debit from outside Australia.

Warwick Credit Union
101 Palmerin Street
Warwick Qld 4370
Australia
For Direct Debit From Within Australia Only
BSB: 817001
Account Number: 20585
Account Name: Eastwell - Science Time