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Competitions for Spring 2024


Student art contest for Science Without Borders, closing date March 4th

The Science Without Borders® Challenge is an international contest that engages students and teachers in ocean conservation through art. This annual competition inspires students to be creative while promoting public awareness of the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources, contributing to the overarching goals of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. The Challenge is open to primary and secondary school students 11–19 years old, with scholarships of up to $500 awarded to the winning entries.


Build a rocket competition for UKROC

UKROC is a competition for young people aged 11-18 from any secondary schools, colleges, educational facilities or youth groups to design, build and launch a model rocket, ensuring its fragile cargo (a raw egg!) is safely delivered back to the ground without breaking. UKROC is a great way to spark young people’s interest in STEM subjects and inspire them to consider a career in the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors. The deadline for teams to enter is February 2024 with regional events planned across the UK in April 2024. Please bring this to the physics dept – they might want to help you!


Christchurch College Oxford is running a 14-18 poetry competition

Closing date is February 2024. The Tower Poetry Competition offers the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets. The competition is free to enter and it is open to students between 16–18 years of age who are educated in the UK. The competition is judged anonymously by two guest judges, who are different each year, and the Christopher Tower Student. Each year the theme is chosen with the intention of giving entrants free rein to interpret it as widely as they like.

The Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes recently reached new heights with a newly increased first prize and a full set of awards worth more than £14000. This year, the poet who wrote the best single poem on the theme of ‘Mirror’ receives £5000. There will be a second prize of £3000, and a third prize of £1500. Along with these, there will be ten runners-up, who will each receive £500.


Girton College Cambridge is running their annual competition for humanities.

The Humanities writing competition is an opportunity for students to research and write beyond the curriculum, using one or more of the Lawrence Room museum objects, as their focus. Essays or creative responses (such as dramatic monologues or short stories) are equally welcome. We are looking for the ability to connect different areas of knowledge, to think about details and to communicate clearly. It is open to UK students in Year 12 (or equivalent - S5/ Y13 - N.I) who have an interest in the Humanities. Prizes: Up to £200 cash and books to the value of £200 from Cambridge University Press, the latter to be shared between the winning entrant/s and their school/s. The prize fund may be divided between winning entrants. Closing date is 15th March, maximum 3 entries per school so let Miss Sharpe know if you are applying to this!