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NY1-NYTimes STEM Writing Contest (4-week class, Thursdays)

NY1-NYTimes STEM Writing Contest (4-week class, Thursdays)


Dates: 1/19-2/9 (Thursdays; 4 weeks)

Time: 5:15– 6:15PM PST /8:15-9:15PM EST 

The ONLY Thursday Session this year! Contest deadline is 2/15/2023. 



  • Class description

    For students age 11-17

    In this 4-week class, students will write a STEM essay and submit to the New York Times STEM Writing Contest. The deadline for 2023 STEM contest is Feb 15, 2023. 

    Students will: 

    • find a STEM-related question, concept or issue they are interested in
    • explain a complex and interesting science, math, engineering or technology concept to a general audience, using the Science Times column Trilobites as a model.
    • learn from last years' winners

    We’ll cover the most important elements of STEM writing considered by the NY Times STEM writing team: 

    • How to hook the reader: strategies for engaging readers and teachers from the opening paragraph
    • Explain why a topic or an issue matter in a larger context 
    • How to incorporate information from the sources: quoting and paraphrasing experts and research


  • Instructor

    • Our teachers are published authors and university teachers graduated from/teach at Harvard, UC Berkeley and UT Austin.
    • Curriculum co-designed by STEM experts, Google computer scientist & senior software engineer, and Dr. Jiang Pu.
    • Guest reviewer: Professor Man, Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton Univ., will help review the content of student essays.

    Class will be taught by a published author/editor and educator. 

  • Class size

    Max size: 8 students

    4-8 students /grades 5-8

    4-8 students /grades 9-11



Thank You !

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