National Schools Poster Competition
A key skill for great scientists and investigators is the ability to create and communicate results.
The National Schools Poster Competition engages teams of Year 3-12 students in small-scale industry-style investigations.
Students determine a practical question, within any topic or field, which they’d like to investigate and then design, conduct and ultimately present their investigation and its results in a poster format.
It develops collaboration, creativity, communication and quantitative skills needed in this data-science age, and addresses core curriculum outcomes.
Collection, presentation and interpretation of data relevant to addressing a key question of interest - STEM in practice!
So, what would you like to investigate?
Winning entries of the national event may be eligible to progress to the international competition!
- Entry is FREE!
- Open to teams consisting of between two and five* members
- Each project must have a contact supervisor (e.g. teacher, parent, vacation coordinator, tutor) who is responsible for collecting all relevant permissions and registering and submitting students’ projects
- Contact supervisor should register by 30 September each year
- Visit the National Schools Poster Competition for all details
* to be eligible to progress to the International Competition teams must comprise two to three students
- Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
- Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
- Stage 4 (Years 7-8)
- Stage 5 (Years 9-10)
- Stage 6 (Years 11-12)
The highest grade of any of the team's members will define the division. E.g. a team with two Year 8 students and one Year 9 student would be in Stage 5.
- Can one’s height be predicted based on body part lengths (forensic anthropology)?
- How do various brands of cereal compare in terms of nutrition?
- How does electricity or water usage vary with numbers of members in a household?
- Do people prefer the taste of certain brands (blind taste-tests: Aldi vs Coles)?
- Do Vitamin C levels differ between organic and non-organic oranges?
For further information, including guidelines, tips, rules, judging criteria and submissions, see the National Schools Poster Competition website.