Hints & Tips...    Choosing a problem.

There are plenty of problems to choose from. Think about,
• how will the astronauts get there?
• what will they need on their journey?
• how will they survive the trip?

We really like surprises, so try to think of a problem that isn't obvious. Don't forget to tell us why it's important though.

Choose a very specific problem, and not something too broad or large. You've only got so much space in your poster, and you'll most likely find you fill it pretty quickly.

Think carefully about your chosen problem.
• Why is it a problem?
• What are the causes?
• Why is it important?

Why not send us an email with a quick description of your problem, and we'll let you know what we think.
• bsamanchester@hotmail.com



Hints & Tips...    Your idea.

When coming up with your idea, remember, we're interested in the way you use real-science to solve your problem.

This is important so it's worth spending some time working on how your idea could work, and clearly explaining the scientific principles behind it.

Your idea can be creative and unusual. It can even go beyond current technology. It must not however, be impossible, and it must be grounded in real-science.

It doesn't need to be completely original. Someone might have suggested it before. That's okay. As long as you explain the details, and put your own take on it.

Your idea doesn't need to completely solve your chosen problem. That would be too difficult.

It just needs to go towards solving your problem.

Remember, this is a science competition, so the more science in your poster the better.



Hints & Tips...    Designing your poster.

Don't put too much writing in your poster. A good graphic (image, figure, diagram, etc) can say more than a thousand words.

Make sure your writing isn't too small. It must be easy to read for someone stood a metre or two away.

Don't copy anything word for word. It's important that you put everything in your own words.

When you look at other websites and sources of information, look at how the information is laid out.

Is it easy to read and understand? If the answer is yes, what makes it so?

Feel free to create your poster (or parts of it) on a computer if you want to.

Remember though, we won't choose one poster over another just because it's done on a computer. It's content that counts.



Hints & Tips...    Examples.

Here, we've given you a few examples of problems and solutions to help you come up with content for your poster...

Problem: How can a spaceship propel itself across the vast distance between Earth and Mars with minimum of fuel, and no chance of resupply.

Solution: Solar sails.
Large sails, made of very thin material, can be used to harness the very small forces exerted by light to push the ship through space

We might discuss:
  • what could the sails be made of;
  • where the sails should be placed on the ship;
  • roughly how much sail might we need and how long the journey
    would take.

More examples coming soon...