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Josephine's tips for poster making

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 06/08/2020

Are you in the process of putting together your Oliphant Science Awards Poster? Check out Josephine's tips for poster making below.


Josephine Oehler is a senior student at Seymour College. She has placed entries in the Oliphant Science Awards every year since 2015. During this time Josephine has discovered an interest in photography and illustration that now has her placing multiple entries in multiple categories. In this article, from the SASTA Journal, Josephine outlines a little about what motivates her; describes the background to some of her Oliphant entries, and gives some tips on poster making, read more here.

  1. Don’t pressure yourself into coming up with an idea right away. I often find that my best poster ideas come to me when I am doing something completely unrelated to making posters, and this may be hours or even days later. 1. Don’t pressure yourself into coming up with an idea right away. I often find that my best poster ideas come to me when I am doing something completely unrelated to making posters, and this may be hours or even days later. 
  2. Start off with the message: each poster should have a particular message whether it is scientific or not. The message should drive the design of the poster and determine how much writing goes onto the poster
  3. Be a bit experimental. There is not a right or wrong way to do a poster nor is there a set of rules for how a poster should look. Play around with different colours and fonts – what ends up looking good may totally surprise you.
  4. Start with the background. This is my personal preference, but I find that the backgrounds of posters are often overlooked and yet the background can have one of the greatest impacts on a poster 
  5. Sometimes with colour, less is more! Some colours are driven by bold and busy colour schemes whereas some look best with a very limited use of colour. For most of my posters, I start with near to no colour and as I continue to format them, I add more – however when I do so I try to keep the colours within the same tone; e.g., for the plastic poster, I used muted brown tones and for my Superhero of Science I used bright vivid colours so that Louis Pasteur’s picture would juxtapose the background.
  6. At the end of making any poster, I like to step back, look at it and think: Would I like to look at this poster any longer (is it aesthetically pleasing)? Do I understand what it is trying to tell me? If not, I go back and rework it; sometimes that means removing something, making a font bolder or changing the shape of a graphic.

The Oliphant Science Awards: A parent coordinator perspective

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 14/07/2020

Jo Wood has 2 daughters who have submitted 14 entries over the past 5 years, in 6 different categories! Jo has also been a school coordinator so has a varied perspective to share in her video below. As a parent you can't do the work for them but you can...

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How to support your students in developing a Scientific Inquiry project

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 26/06/2020

In this 4 part video series, we will be breaking down ways to support your students to develop a Scientific Inquiry project for the Oliphant Science Awards. There are clearly defined sections that the students must include in their projects. The criteria for success in each section is outlined in...

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Oliphant Science Awards 2019 Trophy Winning Project Video

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 11/06/2020

The 2019 Oliphant Science Awards Trophy went to Ms. Phoebe Wood from Upper Sturt Primary School for her incredible Model & Invention of Anchiornis huxleyi. So SASTA has asked her to make a video of it, not only to inspire those budding young scientists but to provide some ideas of...

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How to CRUISE Through the SASTA Oliphant Science Awards

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 01/06/2020

If you are making a Games Project this is the Guide for you! However the concepts, project planning and tips in this guide can of course be applied to most Oliphant Science Awards Projects! Past Oliphant Science Awards Trophy Winner and all around Oliphant legend Ms Amber Washington has created...

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Inspiration for OSA Science Creations - SCINEMA

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 21/05/2020

SCINEMA International Science Film Festival is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere. Head to their website to watch a selection of SCINEMA films to provide inspiration to your Oliphant Science Awards project creations - especially those Multimedia Project filmmakers! Remember teachers can also download educational resources, so...

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Changes to the 2020 Oliphant Science Awards

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 08/05/2020

We are excited that the Oliphant Science Awards will still be running in 2020! The changes we have made to the Oliphant Science Awards this year offer even more opportunities for students to be creative with their projects and for coordinators / judges to submit and judge more projects online....

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Video Entry Hints & Tips Video

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 27/04/2020

Have you considered adding video content to your Oliphant Science Awards Submission? While videos are a popular project choice for the Multimedia category, short videos can also be a great way to record and showcase other project submissions with the judges - especially for country/remote students. Here are just a...

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Stuck on how to run The Oliphant Science Awards in 2020?

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 23/04/2020

SASTA has asked some of our experienced OSA Coordinators to share their ideas and plans for utilising the competition under current circumstances so have a read and see if you can help get your school involved! If you would like to download a PDF copy of this information please click...

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