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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.

Photography Perspectives & Trade Secrets

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 30/07/2020

Are you trying to get the best shot for your Photography entry?  Check out the videos below for some tips from Oliphant Science Awards entrants Toby Trenwith and Josephine Oehler in 'Photography Perspectives' and from some professional photographers in 'Photography Trade Secrets'.  Also, make sure you have chosen one of...

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Posters 2020 - The Science of Bushfires

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 28/07/2020

Previous Oliphant Science Awards School Coordinator, now Acting Manager Partners in Bushfire Safety at the South Australian Country Fire Service Chris Sedunary has put together the information below to help students completing a Poster in 2020 within the topic title of The Science of Bushfires! ‘Science informs us of many...

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Phoebe's Top Tips for Making a Models & Inventions Project!

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 23/07/2020

Registered to make a Models & Inventions Project in this year's Oliphant Science Awards? Whether you are new at Model and Invention making or simply looking for support or ideas on how you could improve, this video from last year's Oliphant Trophy winner Phoebe Wood gives great insight to making...

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Multimedia Memories

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 17/07/2020

Toby's first Oliphant Science Awards project was a Multimedia entry when he was in Year 5! In his video, he shares how he got started, some tips and tricks for creating a video and how he is sharing his knowledge with other OSA entrants.  Follow Toby's journey in his Multimedia...

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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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Computer Programming, Apps & Robotics - tips to get started

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 10/07/2020

Are you submitting a Computer Programming, Apps and Robotics (CPA&R) entry this year? Check out the video below from Toby Trenwith, one of our CPA&R veterans, which walks you through the process of completing your entry! While the coding is important, make sure the product has a practical application, as...

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Techspace Learning - Introductory Robotics Video & School Holidays Workshop

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 06/07/2020

For those who attended our 2019 Oliphant Science Awards Open Day, you may have met our friends from Techspacing Learning/Hallett Cove Robotics Club at one of our Come & Try activities?! Their members include former Oliphant Science Award prize winners in the Computer Programming, Apps and Robotics category! So if...

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Inspiration for your Science Writing project!

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 23/06/2020

Are you looking for a starting point for your Science Writing project? First of all have you chosen your title? Don't forget you can only write on one of the titles listed below: Climate Change; The Way Forward? Hidden Waves Does Radiation make Superheroes? Living on Mars Deep Blue: Innovations...

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Hints and tips for creating a great OSA Scientific Inquiry project

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 18/06/2020

This week we have a great resource for those creating a Scientific Inquiry project in the Oliphant Science Awards, from Ms. Alexandra Stephenson (2016 Oliphant Trophy Winner)! In 2016, Alexandra wowed the judges with her Scientific Inquiry - Vibration Damping on the Cello by Cello Mutes! She also has been...

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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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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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SCU Robotics

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 23/04/2020

  For those interested in the Computer Programming, Apps and Robotics category of The Awards - this may be for you!   Introduction to Robotics 1 - FREE on-line 10 week course SCU Robotics and Engineering Team are very pleased to announce they have designed a 10 week free on-line “Introduction to...

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