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TechFest’s STEM Next Essay Competition

  

TechFest is delighted to announce the launch of STEM Next – an essay competition exploring the future of STEM research.

 

The essay competition is open to all S5 and S6 pupils, and there is no limit to how many pupils can compete from each school. This is a solo project that will require independent research and writing. However, it is encouraged that participants get feedback from their peers or teachers before the final submission.

This competition has no subject pre-requisites and is not purely STEM based. Within each category there are a diverse range of potential essay topics, with something to suit every interest!  

 

  There are five essay categories available:

 

1) Energy Transition 

2) Applications of Mathematics

3) Medicine & Life Sciences 

4) Technology & Computer Sciences 

5) Food, Drink & Agriculture 

 

Students may only submit an essay for one category. Essay parameters and requirements are included in the Information and Questions sheet for each category (coming soon)

 

Each of the STEM Next essay categories have a first place prize of £200 worth of Amazon vouchers, and second place prize of £100 worth of Amazon vouchers and a third place prize of £50 worth of Amazon vouchers. 

 

There is no rigid requirement for the structure and format of the essays, but good submissions will present clear arguments, a detailed reference list of sources, include illustrations (which could be graphs, plots, diagrams or pictures) and where possible provide some specific examples or cases. In addition, at least one external industry professional must be interviewed as part of the research for the essay.

Online tutorials and webinars (including guidance on essay writing, how to reference and networking seminars) will be available to competing students throughout the course of the competition.

The essays will be judged by a panel of experts from various fields and prizes will be awarded to the winning entries.

 

Taking part in this competition is a brilliant opportunity for students to add additional achievements to their UCAS applications. In addition, their essays will be eligible for CREST awards and guidance on how to achieve this award will be provided as part of the competition.

 

Students that wish to take part should register their interest no later than 02/06/21 by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (teachers can register interest of behalf of their students). Students who register will receive a starting pack with information to help them with their essay.

The deadline for essay submission is 01/09/21. Entrants should email their completed essays and the attached cover sheet to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The essays will be assessed by an esteemed panel of judges and the winning essays will be announced on 30/09/21.

 

TechFest’s STEM Next Essay Competition Important Dates

 

Deadline to register interest – 02/06/21

Deadline for essay submission – 01/09/21

 (don’t forget to submit the cover sheet as well!)

Winning essays announced – 30/09/21

 

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