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Science Fiction Writing and Scientific Illustration

Teachers: Please complete a registration for each project you are sending to the STEM and History Expo.

Science Fiction Writing

Definition: Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible (or at least non-supernatural) content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities. Exploring the consequences of scientific innovations is one purpose of science fiction, making it a “literature of ideas”. This is a non-competitive category and students will receive a participation award for submissions if minimum requirements are met.

When submitted, be sure to include the student’s name in the email so we can be sure to match it up with the registration. PDF format is preferred, but we can handle just about any electronic document format.

Minimum Requirements: A Successful Science Fiction Story Entry Must Have The Following:

  • Minimum of one handwritten page per grade level of participant (12 font, 1.5 space if typed) except grades TK-3. (1/2 handwritten page minimum for TK-1 and one handwritten page minimum for 2-3.)
  • Illustrations encouraged, but are optional and can be drawn by someone other than participant as long as credit is given.

Special Notices For This Category:

  • Stories must be received by STEM Expo evaluators at least one week prior to the STEM Expo date.
  • There is no maximum length allowed for the stories, however any story over 20 pages must be submitted earlier than the above submission date: each 10 pages over requires one additional day (minimum) delivery.

General

    • Knowledge and understanding of the topic is conveyed
    • Thinking includes creative use of ideas and imagination
    • Story keeps the readers’ attention
    • Dialogue (if present) is used well and flows appropriately
  • Writing Process
    • Writing is organized with a clear beginning, middle and end
    • Sentences are clear, spelling is accurate and structure is grammatically correct
    • Use of details, adjectives and examples is well done and appropriate
  • Visual
    • Presentation is clean and well laid out (Title page, typed/printed in 12 point font, with 1.5 line spacing if applicable)
    • If illustrations are used they are appropriate and add to the story

Science Fiction Rubric

Scientific Illustrations

Definition:  Scientific Illustrations is a genre of drawing that captures the scientific and technological world. Scientific Illustrations can be created using pencil, colored pencils, watercolors, etc. The Guild Handbook of Science Illustration states “As art reflects culture, scientific illustration reflects the findings of science and technology.” This is a non-competitive category and students will receive a participation award for submissions if minimum requirements are met.

Original scientific illustrations only will be accepted and need to also be submitted by the school at least one week in advance to be displayed. Please send the illustrations to the Tuolumne County Office of Education.

When submitted, be sure to include the student’s name on the original scientific illustration so we can be sure to match it up with the registration.

Minimum Requirements: A Successful Science Illustration Entry Must Have The Following:

  • The illustration must be an original work completed by the student.
  • The illustration must be related to science or technology and should include detail.
  • Photographs are not accepted.

Scientific Illustration Rubric