Poster competition

Our 2018 poster competition was themed around 'exploration and discovery'

The theme for the 2018 poster competition was exploration and discovery – NOW CLOSED

Get creative and enter the British Science Association’s annual poster competition, on the theme of exploration and discovery.

Your students can make their poster about anything involving exploration and discovery. The five best posters from your school can be entered into our UK-wide competition with the chance for students to win an array of prizes.

Closing date for 2018 entries: Friday 6th April 6pm.

What are the rules?

All entrants must be within the age categories below:

Category             England & Wales                 Northern Ireland                    Scotland

Early years           Nursery/Reception                Nursery/P1                              Nursery/P1

Infant                    Year 1 – Year 3                       P2 – P4                                    P2 – P4

Junior                   Year 4 – Year 6                       P5 – P7                                    P5 – 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. We also welcome international 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 five entries. We encourage you to run the competition with larger groups, but to select the top five to enter from your school. If you send more than five entries we will only be able to include the first five in the competition. You can award further prizes within your school level competition if you wish.
  • Entries must be 2D and submitted on one side of A4 or A3 paper only.
  • 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, please select the top five and send these in the post to us at: Discovery and Exploration 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 for 2018 entries: Friday 6th April at 6pm.

We cannot accept entries received after the closing date so please ensure they are posted in good time direct to us at the address above.

What are the prizes?

Prizes will be awarded to the best entry in each of the four age categories and a fifth popular vote winner. Prizes will also be awarded to two runners up in each category. 

We have some great prizes lined up courtesy of our sponsors and partners. The five winners will win a selection of exciting STEM related hands-on activities and books. These may include AugmentifyIt augmented reality playing cards, experiments from John Adams or amazing Spy Kits from Project Mc2. Books and magazines in this year’s prizes may include Mister Sea Horse Little Miss Inventor, Science and Stuff, James’ Giant Bug Book and the latest OKIDO magazine.

Runners up in each category will each receive a book or magazine.

How will entries be judged?

Entries will be shortlisted by members of the British Science Association and a panel of judges will select a winner in each category. The two runners up in each category will be uploaded to our Facebook page and the public will decide on a fifth ‘popular vote’ winner.

Why take part?

Last year approximately 13,000 students, from around 240 schools, organisations or individuals took part.

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.

Looking for inspiration? Our partners at Guinness World Records have put together some seriously spectacular ideas – view them here.