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Physics Poster Competition!
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A competition open to physics pupils and teachers from all secondary schools who have ever hosted the SCI-FUN Roadshow, as well as those who recently attended our LERU Kids' University week.
We want teams of up to four pupils (S4–6; see the rules below) to design an A1 poster under the guidance of their physics teacher, on one of the following topics:

         Particle Accelerators, Particle Detectors, Neutrinos, Dark Matter

A draft copy of the poster (as two A4 sheets – one describing the overall story of the poster, the other giving an overview of the layout and design, and showing the placement of diagrams and photographs – should be sent to us by Friday 24th February, with a completed entry form.

We'll pick six drafts, and invite those teams to produce their final posters, all six of which will then be displayed at the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2006, at the Royal Scottish Musuem (SCI-FUN's venue).

The winning poster will be chosen during the Festival, and the winning team (with their teacher) will have the opportunity of travelling to the CERN particle physics research laboratories, based in Geneva, Switzerland (at a date to be determined). For more information about CERN, click here.

How to Enter
Poster Competition entry form and rules
You can download an entry form (which has the full rules attached, by right-clicking on the image or caption opposite, and downloading the PDF file.

Remember, this competition is only open to schools who have hosted the SCI-FUN Roadshow, or who sent parties to the recent LERU Kids' University event at the McEwan Hall.

Competition Rules
  1. This competition is only open to schools who have hosted the SCI-FUN Roadshow, or who took part in the recent LERU Kids’ University event in November 2005.

  2. The team will consist of a maximum of four pupils, at least one each from S3 and S4, with one from either S5 or S6.

  3. There is no limit to the number of entries per school.

  4. Each entry must be authorised by a teacher, but the teacher should not help with the production of the poster: it should be the work of the pupils. (See also rule 9 below.)

  5. The first drafts should be received by 12 noon on Friday 24 February 2006, along with the completed entry form (opposite).

  6. The first draft should be on two A4 sheets (see rule 8 below); the final poster will be in A1 landscape format (841 mm wide by 594 mm high).

  7. The poster should illustrate one of the following four topics:

    • Particle Accelerators
    • Particle Detectors
    • Neutrinos
    • Dark Matter
  8. One A4 page of the draft presentation should describe the story that will be told in the poster; another A4 page should be used to show a sketch of the overall poster, with an indication of diagrams, illustrations, and the number of words planned.

  9. Six of the submitted drafts will be selected to go forward to the next stage of the competition. The University of Edinburgh will provide support by assigning a physics postgraduate student to help each selected team, and graphics and media support in final production of the poster.

  10. The six posters will be displayed at the SCI-FUN exhibition in the Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, from 6 – 15 April 2006.

  11. Judging will take place during the Edinburgh Science Festival, 6 – 15 April 2006.

  12. The decision of the judges is final.