We are creating a unified UKRI website that brings together the existing research council, Innovate UK and Research England websites.
If you would like to be involved in its development let us know.

School Science Prize

School Science Prize Students with certificates as part of the School Science Prize.
(Credit: STFC)

Who can enter the School Science Prize?

If you are a Year 9 student, you are eligible to enter the School Science Prize.

What do I have to do to enter?

Year 9 students are asked to write a 500 word essay about “Why I love science”. We will be looking for an excitement about science and an enthusiasm to learn more.

When do I need to write my essay by?

The closing date for the School Science Prize will be Midnight Monday 25th November 2019, and students will be informed if they are finalists on Tuesday 3rd December 2019.

What does the winner receive?

All participating students will receive a certificate, and the top 15 students will be invited to RAL for an evening celebration on Tuesday 17 December 2020 16:30 – 20:00. The overall winner will receive an iPad mini.

What happens at the evening celebration?

We have special permission for the 15 finalists to have tours inside one of our high powered lasers. They will have to wear clean suits and will be able to visit parts of the facility rarely seen by students. Family and teachers of the finalists will be invited to the evening celebration, which will include hands-on activities to try, although due to the difficulty of large numbers of people in the laser facilities themselves they will not be able to join the tour.

Each finalist will then be asked to give a two minute presentation on why they love science. This can be done however they wish – a PowerPoint presentation or using props etc. While the judges deliberate there will be another short talk given by one of our scientists or engineers about why they love science, and then there’ll be a short evening reception. Finally, the certificate presentations will be made and the overall winner will receive and iPad mini.

How do I enter?

Please upload your entry to https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/RAL-SchoolSciencePrize2019/ . Let us know which school you are from and your teacher’s email address.

Last updated: 18 September 2019

UKRI

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Switchboard: +44 (0)1793 442000