FAQs

You can find more detailed information about the 2020 Poster Competition here.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to any student in Year 3 through to Year 13. The posters will be judged in age categories based on Key Stages. These categories will be:

  • KS2
  • KS3
  • KS4
  • KS5

When is the closing date?

The poster competition will be open from Friday 29th May. The closing date is Friday 31st July 2020. Entries must be submitted electronically in PDF format by this closing date. Entries received after this date will unfortunately not be able to be judged.

How do I submit my poster?

Your poster should be submitted to us electronically, ideally in PDF format. You should fill out this form with all your details and then email your poster to schools.liaison@physics.ox.ac.uk. Please name your file YOURFULLNAME_POSTER.PDF and make sure you have put your name on the poster too so we can match it up to your details!

You should make sure you submit your entry before the closing date of 31st July 2020 otherwise your entry will not be considered.

What should my poster look like?

You can create a poster for one of two categories:

  • An infographic style poster, telling us all about some aspect of magnetism, or
  • A research style poster, explaining an experiment that you have carried out yourself that explores magnetism

Your poster should be A3 in size and can be made by hand or on a computer, but it must be submitted electronically in PDF format.

You need to make sure that your poster contains good scientific information, but remember that it is to be read by students of your own age, so your poster should also be lively and eye-catching, using colour 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). We want to see your scientific insights, so make sure to write everything in your own words!

For more ideas on what to include in your poster, check out our ideas and inspiration page.

What are we looking for in a poster?

A good poster should be well researched with good scientific information written in your own words. We want you to use your imagination and creativity, so think outside the box to maybe cover a bit of science that not many people have come across before or that particularly excites and inspires you!

A good poster should also be exciting to look at and catch your eye, so the good use of pictures and colours are a must. Remember that your poster is aimed at students of your own age, so make sure you create something that you would enjoy to look at and that would make you stop and read it.

For more ideas on what to include in your poster, you can check out some of our previous winners' designs here. Our ideas and inspiration page also has lots of suggestions if you want even more inspiration!

What if I don't have access to a scanner/A3 paper?

We are aware that most students will be home schooling for the foreseeable future which may limit access to resources.

If you are unable to scan A3 size documents or do not have access to A3 paper and wish to create your poster by hand we will accept A4 sized posters.

We will also accept images taken on a mobile phone if you do not have access to a scanner, although please make sure these are as clear and as in focus as possible.

What are the prizes?

Each student who submits an entry will receive a certificate.

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

We will also be holding a special online celebration event in September to which the winners of each category and their teachers and families will be invited! In addition to this, winners will also receive a fantastic prize, including a professionally printed A1 version of their poster.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch with us at schools.liaison@physics.ox.ac.uk.