Science Activity and Poster Competition for Primary and Secondary Schools

Tags: Festival, science, Ancient science, Competition

On February 7th 2017, we are delighted to be holding the Iris Festival of Ancient and Modern Science at Cheney School! The Festival will feature many different areas of science, with speakers such as Professor Robert Winston and Professor Anthony Grayling, and a very wide range of activities, stalls, performances, exhibitions and displays. 

To encourage the widest possible engagement with this event, we are launching an exciting competition for primary and secondary schools. There are two different categories:

1. Individual display: individual school students are invited to design a poster of any size which explores a particular aspect of science. We are especially interested in posters which connect ancient and modern themes or ideas. All posters submitted with be displayed at the festival itself, and five winners will be selected for prizes (entries will be split according to age), which will be announced at the festival.

2. Activity and/or information stall: primary and secondary school groups are invited to design an activity and/or information stall to run at the festival. It can be on any aspect of science. We are looking especially for stalls which connect ancient and modern themes of ideas. You will need to submit your stall idea to us, and then we will select the ten best ideas to take part in the festival itself. All ten selected will receive a group prize and a visit from our speakers, who will each have a tour of the festival in action. 

The deadline for activity stall pitches from schools is December 14th, 2016. Please email ideas to You will be contacted by January 3rd if your idea is successful, and we will provide you table space at the festival. We expect that a member of your school staff will assist with running the stall, with up to six student representatives (these can swap in and out throughout the festival). 

The deadline for posters is January 7th, 2017. Posters should be submitted either electronically to or by post to Cheney School, Cheney Lane, Oxford OX3 8PL. Please include your name, school, age and an email address that we can reach you on.