Competition winners

The About Us competition invited young people to create poems and Scratch animations exploring the many ways life across the universe is connected. Open to young poets and coders aged 4-18, the competition received over 1500 entries from across the UK. A panel of expert judges selected ten top poetry winners and nine top coding winners, along with six highly commended poetry winners. Here you can see the winning entries. If you use a screen reader and would like a Word document version of the poems, please contact [email protected]

Top Ten Winning Poems

night sky constellation with a quote from The Star Show by Neda Aryan

Extract from ‘The Star Show’ by Neda Aryan, aged 14. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

a kestrel flying against a blue sky, with a quote from Martha Blue's poem 'Kestrel'

Extract from ‘Kestrel’ by Martha Blue, aged 14. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

iceberg with quote from 'Rhew' by Meredydd Davies.

Extract from ‘Rhew’ (Welsh-language) by Meredydd Davies, aged 14. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

Dyfyniad o ‘Rhew’ (Cymraeg), gan Meredydd Davies, 14 oed. Clicwch ‘download’ i ddarllen y gerdd gyfan.

 
orange sun hidden behind clouds, with a quote from April Egan's poem 'July Baby'

Extract from ‘July Baby’ by April Egan, aged 18. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

The edge of the earth seen from outer space, with a quote from Jasmine Haynes's poem 'Voyager'

Extract from ‘Voyager’ by Jasmine Haynes, aged 12. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

stars in the night sky, with a quote from Elsie Hayward's poem 'Cassiopeia'

Extract from ‘Cassiopeia’ by Elsie Hayward, aged 16. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

Supervova in orange and blue colours, with a quote from Freya Leech's poem 'The Universe's Inbox'

Extract from ‘The Universe’s Inbox’ by Freya Leech, aged 13. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

The moon peeking out from behind clouds, with a quote from Faith Lydall's 'My feet are made of stardust'

Extract from ‘My Feet Are Made of Stardust’ by Faith Lydall, aged 10. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

Black ridged carbon, with a quote from Filippo Rossi's poem 'Carbon-12'

Extract from ‘Carbon-12’ by Filippo Rossi, aged 18. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

white fungi on a black background, with a quote from Varad Toke's poem 'The Fungi'

Extract from ‘The Fungi’ by Varad Toke, aged 11. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

Top Nine Scratch projects

‘Greetings from Planet Earth’ by Hamza Dahya, aged 15. Click here to watch the Scratch project.

‘Connectivity and the Universe’ by Janvi Kiruba, aged 9. Click here to watch the Scratch project.

‘Through the Generations’ by Luke Murray, aged 13. Click here to watch the Scratch project.

‘Connections with Trees’ by Noah Attwood, aged 9. Click here to watch the Scratch project.

‘We Are Stars’ by Vindya Prabhu, aged 16. Click here to watch the Scratch project.

Starlight Bees, Litterbats and Buzzy-Superheroes‘ by Anoushka Vijay, aged 7. Click here to watch the Scratch project.

We Are As One‘ by Mahi Kanabar, aged 10. Click here to watch the Scratch project.

Connectivity and the Universe‘ by Penelope Papadopoulou, aged 8. Click here to watch the Scratch project.

Journey of a Wrapper‘ by Zyaan Patel, aged 11. Click here to watch the Scratch project.

Highly Commended Poems

droplets of blue water on a black background with a quote from Missy Ashiru's poem 'Water'

Extract from ‘Water’ by Missy Ashiru, aged 17. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

Purple clouds with a quote from Charlotte Gage's poem 'My Friend and I'

Extract from ‘My Friend and I’ by Charlotte Gage, aged 5. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

A pale moth on a blue and grey surface with a quote from Florence Hall's poem 'Aftermath'

Extract from ‘Aftermath’ by Florence Hall, aged 18. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

New greeen buds on a tree with a quote from Leonie Hanan's poem 'Sun and Rain'

Extract from ‘Sun and Rain’ by Leonie Hanan, aged 14. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

Crystals against a grey background, with a quote from Etta O'Flaherty Jones's poem 'Diamonds'

Extract from ‘Diamonds’ by Etta O’Flaherty Jones, aged 14. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

A starry sky in blue and purple with a quote frmo Dillon Watt's poem 'The Beach of Space'

Extract from ‘The Beach of Space’ by Dillon Watt, aged 13. Click ‘download’ to read the full poem.

Come on a Journey