EST Contest for Schools

The Sun at a Glance


The EST project is holding an international contest for secondary schools called "The Sun at a Glance". Students from all over Europe are invited to research different subjects related to our star and help us build the EST Solarpedia, an open educational resource about the Sun. 


WHAT

Participants will have to design an infographic where the Sun is the protagonist.  An infographic is a collection of images, charts, and minimal text that gives an easy-to-understand overview of a topic. The design technique is free, but it has to be an original creation.  

The submitted infographics will be part of the EST Solarpedia, an online encyclopedia about the Sun which will be offered to the education community and the general public under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License, with due credit of authorship. 

To help participants choose a subject, a list of possible topics has been compiled here

The contest is open to schools in all European Union countries plus Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the UK. 

It is addressed to groups of students aged 14-15 and 15-16. A teacher has to lead the group. He/she will serve as the contact point with the EST team and will organise the work of the students, often involving other STEM teachers as deemed appropriate. This is a unique opportunity to combine work in Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Art, IT,  English and even History! 

Teams should not exceed four students, plus the teacher. There is no limit on the number of teams a teacher can lead.

Every participant will receive a certificate signed by the President of the European Association for Solar Telescopes (EAST).


PRIZES

There will be three prizes:

  • The two best designs will win a trip to Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) to visit Teide Observatory and the European solar telescopes in operation there. 
  • The third prize will be an H-alpha solar telescope.

The trip will take place around Easter (mid April 2022). If the COVID-19 pandemic does not allow travel at that time, the trips will be replaced by an advanced H-alpha solar telescope for each winning school, of the same value as the trip.


LANGUAGE

The text must be in English.


JURY

The jury will be international and multidisciplinary. It will include solar physicists, science communicators and design experts. The jury will evaluate the following aspects:  

  1. Adequacy and relation to the topic suggested. The infographic clearly reflects the proposed theme (The Sun and Solar Telescopes).
  2. Approach to the subject. The infographic presents the information in a clear and concise manner and is supported by an attractive design.
  3. Technical and aesthetic quality. Consideration will be given to composition, colour and typography, which result in a visually appealing infographic. Abstract and intuitive; realistic or three-dimensional; artistic. The technique is free and all of them will be taken into consideration. 
  4. Originality of the proposal. The infographic represents a new way of approaching the subject. The infographic does not copy similar images already famous in the design or scientific field.
  5. Capacity of the composition to provoke sensations and suggest scientific reflections. The infographic allows us to broaden our reflection on the proposed theme, serving as a starting point for new ways of approaching it, and contributing new aesthetic values.

REGISTRATION

The teacher leading the student team must register before October 25, 2021 to participate in the contest. There is no fee to enter the contest.

Important dates

Registration

Participant registration is mandatory. The registration period opens on June 1, 2021 and closes on October 15, 2021.

Submission

Teams can submit their infographics anytime after registration, with a deadline on December 20, 2021. 

Results

The contest winners will be announced by January 28, 2022 through the EST website and EST social media.

List of participants

Schools, teams and students participating in the contest, per country.

National contacts

Solar physicists from institutions all over Europe are available to help and solve questions related to the contest. 

Inspiration

There is a wide range of techniques and styles that can be used to prepare a good infographic. Below we show examples from different STEM fields that we find particularly nice. They are meant to inspire,  but participants are free to choose the style and technique they prefer.