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Practical Investigation Poster Competition

Unit 2 of the VCE Physics Study Design includes an Area of Study titled 'Practical Investigation'. Each student "develops a question to investigate, plans a course of action that attempts to answer the question, undertakes an investigation to collect data, organises and interprets the data, and reaches a conclusion in response to the question." The student can present their findings as a poster.

To encourage students to undertake topics of some depth, to design effective experimental designs and then thoroughly analyse their data, the Vicphysics Teachers' Network is offering up to 10 prizes for posters that exemplify quality investigations.

Lists of possible topics and templates for the design of the poster are available at this webpage on this website.


Each prize will be a book voucher for $100. There will be a maximum of 10 prizes.


Each prize winner must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • an innovative topic
  • a comprehensive set of variables are identified
  • a detailed procedure
  • precise measurements across wide range of values
  • a thorough data analysis
  • an insight into the physical meaning of the results
  • an effective communication design to the poster


Entries must be submitted as a one page pdf. They must be sent as an email attachment by the teacher to Vicphysics by Friday, 11th November with the email providing:

  • student's name
  • title of investigation
  • Teacher's name
  • Teacher's email address
  • School name

There is a maximum of two prizes per school.

Announcement of prize winners

Posters will be displayed at the Victorian Young Physicists' Tournament on Tuesday, 29th November and Wednesday, 30th November at University High School. Winners will be announced at the Victorian Young Physicists' Tournament on Wednesday, 30th November.

The Vicphysics Teachers' Network reserves the right to use the posters for publicity purposes.