The Challenge Has Been Set. Can You Sci-Ku?

Can you Sci-ku? Don’t even know what Sci-ku is? Check this out to find out more…

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RiAus is setting a challenge to all Australians – young and old – to take part in its 6th Annual Sci-Ku Poetry Competition.

In celebration of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies and in recognition of the National Science Week theme, ‘Making waves – the science of light’, RiAus is inviting Sci-ku entries that best reflect this theme.

But for those asking, what is Sci-ku? Well, inspired by the Japanese haiku, a Sci-ku is a short three-line poem about science. Sci-ku is a small and humble poem that aims to give a flash of insight — like a scientific ‘Eureka!’ moment, expressed briefly in words. A haiku is often 17 syllables long, written in a 5-7-5 format, although this restriction doesn’t apply to a Sci-ku.

‘This is a really easy and fun way for people to get involved in National Science Week’, said RiAus Director, Dr Paul Willis. ‘Each year we receive hundreds of entries and this year I even had a go at writing my own!’

A photon’s journey
Illuminates its own path
At the speed of light
…Dr Paul Willis

There are three categories of competition entry: for Schools – Primary and Secondary; and Open (no age limit).

The great prizes include a JB Hi-Fi voucher and book vouchers and entries which can be submitted online must be done so by Sunday 23 August 2015.

For full details including the entry form, rules and list of prizes visit:

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