Poster Competition: The Force of Gravity!

22 May 2019 - 1:10pm to 19 Jun 2019 - 4:45pm
Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH
General public (Age 8+)

The Department of Physics invites YOU to help us create a new Primary school Physics webpage! YOUR TASK is to design a poster in the style of an educational webpage aimed at Primary school students explaining the force of gravity and how it has been scientifically investigated.

Your webpage poster MUST include information about the following:
• What is gravity?
• What are its effects?
• How does it act on objects around us?
You should also include some more information, for example:
• Newton’s investigations into gravity
• Galileo’s famous experiment about gravitational acceleration
• How does gravity differ on different planets and in space?
• How can we overcome gravity to launch objects into space?
• What is gravity like for astronauts on a space station or on a space walk?
You do not need to include information about all these points, they are just some suggestions to get you thinking – you might even come up with something better yourself!

Your entry should be A3 in size and can be made by hand or on a computer, but it MUST be submitted electronically in PDF format or posted. Make sure you don’t forget the content mentioned previously that should be included!

You need to make sure that your poster contains good scientific information, but remember that it is in the style of a webpage to be read by students of your own age and younger, so your poster should also be lively and eye-catching, usingcolour and pictures/diagrams. Your poster will be judged on both these aspects!

You can use any type of resource to help you with your poster, including textbooks, libraries and the Internet, but please note that not all information online has been checked for accuracy, so make sure any websites you use look to be trustworthy, correct and of a high standard (e.g. the NASA website). Direct copying will be marked down, so make sure to write everything in your own words!

Each student who submits an entry will receive a certificate.

The best entries will be displayed on the Department of Physics Primary Outreach website.

The winners of each category and their teachers and families will be invited to the Department of Physics garden party on Saturday, 29th June 2019 at the University of Oxford to receive a special prize and a professionally printed A1 version of their poster.

1. The posters must be A3 in size
2. You should use textbooks, libraries and the Internet to search for material to include (but make sure any websites you use are accurate sources!)
3. You can enter individually, or through your school (schools are asked to submit their best entries only – please no more than 4 per class)
4. Make sure your name is at the top of your poster
5. Entries must arrive by 19th June 2019
6. Entry Form MUST be completed: Entry form
7. Entries can be submitted electronically in PDF formatt and emailed to: or posted to
Poster Competition
Outreach Office
Department of Physics
Denys Wilkinson Building
Keble Road
8. Winners will be notified by 21st June 2019
This competition is open to students in years 4-7 and will be judged in two categories:
• Years 4 & 5
• Years 6 & 7

For more information contact: