Poster competition

Create a poster and enter our competition. The theme for 2017 is "Change".

The theme for this year’s poster competition is ‘Change’

Get creative and enter the British Science Association’s annual poster competition, on the theme of change. Find some ideas for posters below:

  • What different types of change can we examine in nature?
  • How can energy change during reactions?
  • What amazing colour changes exist?
  • How has our world changed over the years?
  • How can science change the world in the future?

Your students can make their poster about whatever type of change they’d like, and enter into our UK-wide competition with the chance to win an array of prizes. The poster competition is sponsored by Smyths Toys Superstore who are generously providing the following prizes:

  • Five (5) x £100 Smyths gift vouchers
  • Five (5) x Lego Technic Air Race Jet prizes (combined prize value: £550)

Other prizes include a copy of the new George’s Marvellous Experiments book, a companion book to Roal Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine!

For an activity surrounding the competition, please see this year’s activity packs.

Closing date for entries: Friday 21st April 6pm.

What are the rules?

All entrants must be within the age categories below:

England & Wales                 Northern Ireland                    Scotland

Junior 1               Nursery/Reception                Nursery/P1                              Nursery/P1

Junior 2               Year 1 – Year 2                       P2 – P3                                    P2 – P3

Intermediate 1   Year 3 – Year 4                       P4 – P5                                    P4 – P5

Intermediate 2   Year 5 – Year 6                       P6 – P7                                    P6 – P7

Senior                  Year 7 – Year 9                      Year 8 – Year 10                     S1 – S3

We welcome entries from youth groups and other organisations in addition to schools.

  • Entrants can be teams or individuals
    • teams will be judged in the age category of its oldest member
    • any prize awarded will be split across the team.
  • Each school/youth group can enter a maximum of ten entries. We encourage you to run the competition with larger groups, but to select your top ten to enter. If you are sending multiple entries, please sort and bundle your entries according to age categories.
  • Entries must be 2D and submitted on A4 or A3 paper only.  We will accept photos of 3D models.
  • Work must be original and created by the student(s) – please do not use any templates.
  • Posters must include the following information (entrant details can be on the back of the poster):
    • entrant name (all names if a team) and entrant age (all ages if a team)
    • age category (of the oldest team member)
    • school/youth group name and address

How to enter?

Once your students have completed their posters, send them in the post to us at: Change Poster Competition, British Science Association, Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queen’s Gate, London, SW7 5HD

You also need to complete this short online form for your entries to be eligible for judging!

Closing date Friday 21st April 6pm.

How will entries be judged?

Entries will be shortlisted by members of the British Science Association, and the winner in each category will be decided by a public vote on Facebook. Prizes will be awarded to the best entry and to runners up in each category.

Why take part?

Last year approximately 13000 students, from around 240 schools, organisations or individuals took part. The short-listed posters were uploaded to our Facebook page and a public vote decided on the winning entries.

The BSA are Artsmark supporters and we believe children should have a well-connected and well-rounded school experience, learning science in context. Schools can include work towards the competition and other work in British Science Week in Artsmark applications and plans.