The theme for 2015 is Chance. From the Big Bang to evolution, from probability to penicillin, all kinds of scientific concepts relate to ‘Chance’. We want you to tell us about your favourite.
Previous entries have included videos, songs, sculptures, posters, poems, press articles, cartoons, games, magazines – even plays and podcasts! We love creativity and originality, so our judges are looking for imaginative entries that communicate science in interesting ways.
All entries must be submitted online. The deadline for submitting entries is 31 March 2015. If you make our shortlist, you will be told in late May.
Information for Teachers:
The Bill Bryson Prize for Science Communication complements the Personal Learning and Thinking Skills framework.
Whether through verbal, written and pictorial assessments, communication forms an integral part of student learning. The Bill Bryson Prize offers students the opportunity to consider different ways of communicating information, consolidating their learning and relaying this to an audience of their choosing.
It promotes cross-curricular learning, providing opportunities to draw upon skills used in art, literacy, drama and ICT. It facilitates active, independent learning as students read around areas of science that personally interest them and it opens up possibilities for team work if groups of students wish to work on an entry together. Furthermore, the prize allows students to engage more widely with science and potentially have their work recognised outside of school.
Entries don’t have to be completed during class time, but this may provide a useful task for students in tutorial sessions or similar activities.