Twin Cities Creation Science Association

Creation Science Writing Contest

 

 

What: Students (public, private, and home school), under the supervision of mentors, will research and

compose papers on creation science topics and turn them in for review, judging, and possible prizes.

 

Purpose:

1. Enhance knowledge and long-term interest in creation science among the next generation.

2. Youth will understand the factual, philosophical, spiritual, and societal implications of creation science.

3. An opportunity will be provided for student writers to advance in their skills of logic, reasoning,

                research and written communication.

4. Adults will mentor youth as they begin the task of carrying on the research and proclamation

                of God's truth found in creation science.

5. Acquaint students, parents, and teachers with the mission and resources of TCCSA.

 

Method:

1. Students will submit original papers on creation science topics.

                A. Length will vary by age

                                As a general guideline, 75-100 words X grade of student.

                B. A list of suggested topics will be provided, and links to resources

                                can be found on the www.tccsa.tc web site.

                C. Each student will be mentored by an adult. The duties of the mentor include at least the duties of…

                                · Assisting the student in the selection of a topic compatible with student's age and skill level.

                                · Overseeing the collection of data from credible, up-to-date, reliable sources

                                                (scholarly books, creation science journals, creation science web sites,

                                                web links suggested by www.tccsa.tc, etc.)

                                · Supervise the student in assembling thoughts into a coherent paper with introduction, thesis,

                                                logical layout of paragraphs (topic sentences and supporting facts), and a

                                                conclusion which points to God as sovereign over an aspect of creation science,

                                                the Noahic flood, or an event in geologic or human history.

                                · Proofread the paper for spelling, grammar, and bibliographical accuracy.

                                · Follow the MLA system of documentation.

                                                Ideas which are “common knowledge” do not require documentation.

                                                Any idea which is not “common knowledge” or the opinion of the student writer,

                                                                needs to be attributed to the (or a) source where it was read by the student.

                                                The first time the work the work is cited, the work and page number will be listed:

                                                                (Edwards, 45-46)

                                                                (Scientific American, 66)

                                                If the student refers to the same work later on in the same paragraph or before

                                                                a different work is cited, then only the page number is necessary.  (123)

                                · The last page of the report will consist of a detailed bibliography including all information

                                                                needed to locate the sources cited in the student's work.

                                · The student should try to use facts as close as possible to the original source.

                                                For example, it is less reliable to quote a magazine article, which quoted a book,

                                                which gave a comment on the scientific research of someone else. It would be best

                                                to find    the writings of the originator of the information.

                                · The student or mentor may contact TCCSA with questions up until the deadline.

                                                We welcome inquiries concerning location of data sources, discernment of

                                                reliable data, and paper mechanics if these questions will help the student

                                                compose a paper of superior quality.

 

                D. Papers will be submitted via electronic medium to CreationSciencePapers{at}juno.com

                Submission deadline is May 15 of each year. Papers may be submitted any time before that date.

                Send as an attachment, saved in “rich text” format:  “rtf”

                                In subject line write author's name and grade level

                                In the body of the message area please state

                                                Name of student                                  

                                                Age of student on May 15 of that year

                                                School grade of student

                                                Home address

                                                E-mail address

                                                Name and address of student‘s mentor and relationship to student

               

2. Papers will become the property of TCCSA, and may be reproduced and

                distributed by TCCSA, with acknowledgement of the author's name and age.

               

3. Judging of Papers

                A. Papers will be read by volunteers, composed of TCCSA Board members and parents.

                B. Paper judging criteria:

                                - content organization (introduction, thesis statement, logical presentation of paragraphs

                                                with topic sentences, and documentation procedures described above)

                                - Biblical and scientific accuracy (most reliable and up-to-date information used)

                                - how well the paper promotes the TCCSA position of creation science and

                                                related topics as compared with other perspectives

 

4. The writers of selected, superior papers will be invited to present their work in front

                of a public audience during a TCCSA lecture. Prizes will be awarded to all who are

                chosen to present their papers publicly.
(although it is the author's option whether or not to actually present the paper orally.)          

 

Suggested paper topics

1. The Key Fallacies of the Big Bang Theory

2. The Key Fallacies of Evolution

3. The Evidence for a Worldwide Flood

4. The Earth's Pre-Flood Environment

5. The Post-Flood Dispersal of People, Plants, and Animals

6. What happened to the dinosaurs?

7.“Irreducible Complexity”

8. How to winsomely discuss scientific creationism with humanistic evolutionists

9. Did God use evolution to set up the earth with life?

10. Random Chance or God as Designer: A Universal Principle

11. How Creation Displays the Character of God

12. The Geologic Column

13. Did Humans and Dinosaurs Co-Exist?

14. Geologic Dating: Methods and Accuracy

15. Evolution, Euthanasia, and Abortion: How they are related.

16. Cloning: Cutting edge science or Playing God?

17. The Creation Science Answer to Animal Rights Activists

18. Mutations: Is it possible for useful information to be added and passed on?

19. …. MANY MORE IDEAS CAN BE ADDED!!!

 

Please direct all inquiries concerning this writing contest to CreationSciencePapers{at}juno.com



For Sample Papers, Click HERE