ArtfulPhysics National Competition

Do you have a burning passion for physics and astronomy? Do you love to express yourself artistically? Are you looking for new inspirations?

Then make your mark by entering this free CREATIONS National Competition for UK primary and secondary school students – create an artistic piece that engages young people in physics and astronomy and inspires future scientists.
Can you capture physics ideas art-fully?

Your piece should deal with the physics that interests and inspires you! Examine an aspect of Light, Forces, Energy, Waves, Space, Materials, Particle Physics, Astronomy, Nuclear Physics or a topic of your choice.

Your piece can be music, video, dance, drama, poetry, painting … the only limit is your imagination! It could be a creative art piece that inspires others in physics and astronomy or a performance that explains physical concepts simply to non-scientists. Be entertaining, informative and inspiring, and highlight relevant physics principles. Just make sure the scientific content is accurate.

There are three age categories:
9 – 13 year olds
14 – 16 year olds
17 – 18 year olds.

Enter on your own or as part of a team of up to six. The top three entrants in each category, judged by a panel of scientists and artists, will be invited to a special event at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire in spring 2017. This will include a RAL facilities tour and a special “money can’t buy” experience. The winning entries will be displayed at RAL and the Universities of Birmingham and Exeter for 12 months after the event, as well as featuring on the CREATIONS website. All shortlisted entrants will receive a commendation certificate.

You will be able to submit entries via this website between 1/9/16 and 6pm on 16/12/16.

Information requested will be:

  • Name of individual student or names of all students in a group for group entry;
  • Age category;
  • Name of School;
  • Postcode of School;
  • Name of supporting teacher;
  • Contact e-mail of supporting teacher;
  • Schools/students will need to have the ability to upload the entry in restricted formats: .pdf, video, jpg etc; links to You Tube videos are acceptable.

Entry requirements

  • All students in secondary education (Year 7-13) and all students in the last two years of primary education (Year 5-6) can enter the competition;
  • There are 3 different age categories 9-13 year olds (Year 5-8), 14-16 year olds (Year 9-11) and 17-18 year olds (Year 12-13);
  • Students can enter independently or through their schools;
  • Students can enter individually or in groups of up to 6;
  • One entry per group/individual (schools can submit multiple entries but students cannot.

The judges are looking for

  • Evidence of creative thinking, e.g. a way new to you of exploring, explaining or showing your topic;
  • Accurate scientific content;
  • A high-quality final product (in whatever format has been chosen), in both art and science, which crosses the boundaries of individual subjects and themes;
  • Enthusiasm and passion for tackling the project.

The judging panel includes both artists and scientists interested in how the arts and sciences can be combined to raise and answer scientific questions that are important to all our futures.