Rules

  • Posters may be any size from A1 to A2.
  • Be sure that anything attached to the front of the poster is securely fixed. Do not attach perishable items.
  • Posters must be the original design and creation of the student.
  • Subject matter is the choice of the participants. Data may be original or published. Published data must be referenced.
  • Posters must not contain any marks, names or information that could identify an individual, team, school, or location.
  • Students may work individually or in teams. All other categories have a maximum size of 4 students. For teams of mixed entry levels, the highest level determines the category.
  • A student may only work on one poster.
  • By submitting a poster, students give permission for their work to be displayed at various conferences, special events, in publications and promotional material, and in electronic format on the internet. Posters become the property of the Challenge organisers and will not be returned.
  • Judging will take place in early July.
  • Posters must be postmarked no later than the regional closing date.

We like

  • Topics that were clearly introduced
  • Methods for collecting data were clearly described
  • Posters which told a story. These tended to have a clear specification of what was being investigated, together with a description of how this was done, the results of the investigation and any conclusions that could be made from the results
  • Presentation does matter. We weren’t looking for beautifully word-processed posters but in order for us to understand what the poster was about, the results needed to be clearly presented in sensible, relevant tables, graphs and charts
  • Conclusions clearly stated and sensible – i.e. they reflected the results
  • Posters with a interesting idea – it didn’t matter whether it was about football, or favourite shoes or TV programmes – what we were looking for was something that grabbed our attention

We do not like

  • Poorly labelled graphs and histograms
  • Inappropriate line graphs
  • 3D graphs
  • Untidiness
  • Lack of a decent introduction
  • Methods not clearly explained
  • Lack of conclusions
  • Poor spelling and grammar