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Sheffield Thought Experiment Competition

Students are invited to submit their best ideas to the Sheffield Thought Experiment Competition.


2nd July 2017


Open to all UK children aged up to 15 years (on 1st July 2017). Group submissions are also permitted. In these cases, the group must nominate who will receive any book prize awarded (e.g. the school).


Entries will consist of a description of the thought experiment taking up no more than one side of paper. Along with this, the student may, if they wish, add an explanation of what they think the thought experiment shows, taking up no more than one additional side of paper. It is anticipated that most entries will be text based. However, entries can include images or web links. Submissions should be formatted as a Word or Pdf document.


The best three entries will receive book prizes. A short animated film of the winning entry will also be created and put on YouTube. By entering the prize, entrants agree that their entries may be edited by staff at the University of Sheffield, and publicised online. Winners may also be invited to visit Sheffield University to collect their prize.

How to submit

Please email with the subject 'Thought Experiment Competition'. Include the following information in the email:

  • Full name(s)
  • Date of birth(s)
  • Contact email address
  • School name and address
  • Please specify what kind of school this is: (e.g. State Comprehensive, State Grammar school, State Boarding school, Faith school/Faith Academy, Private/Independent school, Other- please specify)
  • Is this school fee paying? Yes/No
  • Address to send any prizes

Please attach your entry to the email with no personal information on it as entries will be judged anonymously.