Successful Posters 2018
Below is a small sample of posters from each of the primary divisions to give an idea of the standard. There is, quite deliberately, no mention of how well each poster did. Suffice to say that they all achieved a Merit Award or higher. All posters have been de-identified.
In each case, the message of the poster is open to interpretation. Posters are an art form which the student uses to communicate his/her message. With adult eyes, it is always possible to look for negatives. In the TSTS, judges aim to look for the positives in each poster. If you find yourself looking at a poster and saying “That’s not perfectly precise…” remember that the Tasmanian Science Talent Search’s goal is to promote scientific literacy. It is about learning and celebrating the impact of science on society.
Please note: the posters below are all hand-drawn. This is coincidence and is not meant to steer future entries in a particular direction. Other forms namely, collage and digitial media, were also used to great effect and are most welcome in 2019.
The poster above is hand drawn and colourful. It used typed text to make the message clear. The judges were impressed by the fact that the young person who created this poster saw himself/herself as a future ‘Gamechanger’ who wanted to solve a morally relevenant issue.
The work shows that collage can be used subtly on a poster in combination with hand drawing skills. The rocket was obviously a ‘gamechanging’ invention and highly relevant to the 2018 theme. Here, the judges’ interpretation was that the student was making a connection between rockets, satellites and the future of communication.
Many students who entered posters in the 2018 themed section chose obvious topics. The judges were impressed with this student’s work because of its contextual importance. Harnessing the water cycle for use in electricity generation and irrigation for agriculture is truly ‘game changing’. Industrial agriculture, with its reliance on irrigation, has played a significant role in feeding the world’ people.
WiFi, though a relatively recent invention, has huge implications for the world now and will have into the future. The colourful, hand-drawn poster clearly shows the world in which communication is so much easier with the advent of WiFi.
This poster is very clever on many fronts. The use of black & white stood out to the judges as did the representation of a scientist ‘in action’. Howard Florey, an Australian, received only a fraction of the attention of Alexander Fleming for the discovery of penicillin. The judges were impressed with the Australian context, the ‘game changing’ relevance of penicillin and the clever use of a pun.