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Bill Bryson Prize winners from Dulwich College Seoul

Year 9 students from Dulwich College Seoul, Megan and Rose, have been awarded a prize by the Royal Society of Chemistry for their entry to the Bill Bryson Prize Competition. The Bill Bryson Prize is an annual creative science communication competition that takes on a different theme each year. It is open to students around the world from ages 5–18, and prizes are awarded in three categories. Science communication is about presenting and explaining science related topics to non-experts. The theme for the 2015 Science communication competition was 'Chance in science'. The theme invited students to present on a huge range of topics from the big bang to evolution, and probability to penicillin - all kinds of scientific concepts relate to ‘chance’. Megan and Rose chose to tackled the topic 'Aliens, what are our chances?'. The Year 9 students researched the mathematics used to establish the likelihood and, using statistics and algebraic equations calculated the likelihood of the existence of aliens. Previous entries to the competition have included videos, songs, sculptures, posters, poems, press articles, cartoons, games, magazines – even plays and podcasts and entries are evaluated on the basis of their creativity and originality. With their original concept, Megan and Rose’s entry marks a first in the history or the competition - this was the first time that students based in South Korea have won a prize. Bill Bryson is a best-selling author who has written a number of books on travel, language, Shakespeare, science and his childhood. He is best known for his book A Short History of Nearly Everything, which received numerous awards for its straightforward communication of science. The Bill Bryson Prize started in 2005 when the organization sent copies of Bryson's bestseller to all schools and colleges in the UK. Bryson responded by donating all the royalties from these sales to establish the award.