Ideas and Inspiration

Here you can find some ideas and inspiration for what you might like to include on your poster. Bear in mind, these are all simply suggestions and you certainly don't need to include all of them - you could even do something completely different!

Remember that your magnetism themed poster is aimed at students of your own age, so whilst it needs to contain good scientific information, it should also be lively and eye-catching!
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You can also check out some of our previous winners' posters here.

Infographic Poster

Your infographic style poster should tell us all about some aspect of magnetism. You could explain a little bit about what it is, how we use it, or maybe even how it works. You could include the answers to:

  • How does a compass work?
  • How can we create a magnet using electricity?
  • What different materials are magnetic?
  • How do we use magnets in our everyday lives?

You could even delve into the history of magnetism through the experiments and insights of scientists such as Michael Faraday, Hans Christian Oersted, or James Clerk Maxwell. You could describe how their findings helped our understanding of magnetism and led to new discoveries. Maybe you could dig even deeper and discover a lesser known scientist (or even a female scientist) and describe their contribution to the field.

Research poster

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Your research style poster should explain an experiment that you have carried out yourself that explores magnetism. Some ideas that you could try at home are:

  • Making your own compass
  • Testing objects to see if they are magnetic
  • Testing the strength of magnets you can find
  • Trying to magnetise different materials
  • Investigating magnetic field lines using a compass

Remember: The place that you will most likely find magnets that you can use at home is the front of your fridge! Can you design an experiment using fridge magnets from your own kitchen?

A good scientific experiment has an aim that answers an interesting science question, an easy to follow method, a clear summary of your results, and an explanation of any conclusions you can draw from your experiment. You might also want to have a go at coming up with some predictions before you carry out your experiment and writing a short evaluation of how you think your experiment went at the end. You should include information about all of these on your poster.

For older students: You might want to design your poster in the style of an academic poster as if you were presenting your experiment and results to your peers at a conference.

Resources

You can use any type of resource including books and the internet to make your poster, but make sure you use reliable sources and write everything in your own words! Why not check out our suggested resources below for some ideas of where to start.

Books

A great place to start for secondary school students could be a book written by one of our own researchers: "Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction" by Stephen J. Blundell.

Younger students might find some inspiration from our Quantum Materials Colouring Book, available to download for free here.

Videos

You could also check out some of our videos below to answer some more fascinating questions about magnetism:

What happens if you cut a magnet in half?

What do you think is going to happen if we cut a magnet in half? Find out here:

Can you use magnets to make things float?

Explore the strange magnetic properties of graphite and see if we can make something float using a magnet!

What is a superconductor and what do they have to do with magnetism?

Superconductors are very interesting materials with some very special properties. Watch this video to find out more:

For older students: You can find out a bit more about the physics of superconductors, including the demos we do and why they work, here.