The WISE Creative Problem Solving Challenge 2019
An alien spaceship is heading towards Earth and you’re in charge!
Tell us (in no more than 500 words) how you would organise Earth’s first contact with the aliens aboard the spaceship heading towards Earth. Who would you ask to help? Which areas of science, technology, engineering and maths would you draw upon?
The WISE Young Professional’s Board will judge entries between two age categories: 10-12 and 13-15. The winners of each category will win a trip to the London Science Museum for them and an adult! Other STEM prizes will be awarded to runners-up from each age category!
Dates for your diary
- The competition opens on 12pm on 2nd April.
- The closing time for entries is 5pm on 30th June
- Winners will be announced by 31st July
Need some help getting started? Try using this as a jumping-off point:
Astronaut Melanie Gray looked up from her computer aboard the space station, orbiting at 400km above the earth. “Where is all that noise coming from?” she asked. She floated over to the observation deck to her colleagues, who were all pointing and talking excitedly, and looked out across the expanse of empty space. Except it wasn’t empty! Another spaceship was approaching…and in it, she could see people looking and pointing at her from their observation deck – and they were not human! ALIENS!…
Imagine that you’re organising Earth’s first contact with the aliens aboard the spaceship! What do you need to think about? Who would you ask to help? Which areas of science, technology, engineering and maths might you need to draw upon? What message would you send?
Or enter by email to email@example.com with the subject line “Competition Entry”. Please include your name, age and contact details for an adult we can contact if you win!
Last Year’s Competition
WISE ran a similar competition last year where entrants were asked to write about a woman in STEM who inspired them. To read the winning entries, and hear about the winners’ trip to the London Science Museum click here
If you have any other questions about the competition contact firstname.lastname@example.org including “Competition” in the subject line.
Terms and Conditions
- Competition organised by the WISE Young Professional’s Board.
- Submissions from within the UK only.
- Entrants must be aged 10-15 years at time of submission.
- One entry per person.
- The competition will open for submissions 12pm on 2nd
- The competition will close submissions 5pm on 30th June
- Entries submitted after the submission close date (30th June) will not be considered.
- Entries may be submitted online on https://wiseypb.typeform.com/to/mFVGcA or by email to email@example.com with “Competition Entry” in the subject line.
- Entries must be written in English.
- There is no minimum word count.
- The maximum word count is 500.
- The title will not be included in the word count.
- Entries may include drawings, images, etc.
- Copies of entries cannot be returned to authors as they will not be stored after judging.
- Entries must not include plagiarism.
- Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive or otherwise unsuitable material.
- WISE has the right to publish entries, with credit given to the author.
- Entrants must have adult permission (parent/guardian/teacher) before entering the competition.
- Entries will be judged by members of the WISE Young Professional’s Board. Judges will be asked to assign scores to each entry.
- Scores given to each entry are private and will not be shared with entrants or parents/guardians/teachers.
- Entries will be judged on enthusiasm, creativity, discussions of varieties of STEM fields, evidence of research, realistic and logical responses.
- Entries will not be penalised for incorrect spelling or grammar.
- Entrants may ask for help from an adult, for example with spelling, however the writing must be the child’s own work.
- Judges will disqualify any entries which break any of the Terms and Conditions listed.
- After judges have selected a shortlist of entries, the winners and runners-up of each age category will be chosen.
- Judges’ decisions are final.
- Winners and runners-up will be contacted via the contact details they provide. Entrants may provide contact details of a parent/guardian or teacher, only if they have permission.
- If the winners cannot be contacted, prizes will default to the next runner-up.
- First prize for each age category is sponsored by Tessian. Winners will receive a trip to the London Science Museum and a STEM gift selected by the WISE Young Professional’s Board.
- The trip to the London Science Museum includes return train tickets for the winner and an adult over 18, entry to free and two paid exhibits at the London Science Museum for winner and adult, plus lunch for winner and adult.
- Second prize for each age category is sponsored by Air Products. The prize will be a STEM gift selected by the WISE Young Professional’s Board.
- Third prize for each age category is sponsored by Atkins. The prize will be a STEM gift selected by the WISE Young Professional’s Board.
- Fourth prize for the 10-12 age category is sponsored by KBR. The prize will be a STEM gift selected by the WISE Young Professional’s Board.
- Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash value.
- The age of entrants will be asked at time of submission so the entry can be placed in the appropriate age category for judging.
- Personal information including gender will be asked at time of submission to allow organisers to assess the gender balance of entrants. The entrant is not required to answer.
- The entrant will be asked how they heard about the competition at time of submission. This information will be used to assist in planning of future competitions. The entrant is not required to answer.
- Contact details will be used only to contact prize winners. Contact details will not be saved after winners have been contacted.