STEM poster competition

As part of our Sustainable Composites STEM activities, we’re running an exciting poster competition open to all Year 8 students (aged 12-13) across the UK to inspire the next generation of budding engineers, scientists, environmentalists and sustainability policy experts.

The winning team will be announced at virtual national final in March 2021, and they’ll have the opportunity to visit the NCC in Bristol in the future to take part in our interactive ‘Introduction to Composites’ course where they’ll learn about the incredible properties of composites, how they’re made, and why they’re so important in our everyday lives. They will also get to make their very own product from composites!

Posters should be designed as part of a school or science club group project and we have resources available for teachers and students to use. A digital template is available so all work can be completed virtually. 

Competition brief

The year is 2121 and Earth is close to becoming uninhabitable due to the effects of climate change. A group of scientists have identified a new planet which has ideal conditions to support life which they’ve named ‘SusCom’.

Your task is to design a city for the first humans to inhabit. Your design will need to take into consideration the following areas:

  • Where will you locate your city and why?
  • How will you source food and water?
  • How will you supply energy to the city?
  • What will you need to make your city & what will you make it from?
  • What will you do with the waste that is produced?

What will you do differently to current city designs now that we know about climate change and living sustainably?

About Planet SusCom 

  • Temperature – the same as Earth
  • Sea – covers 70% of the planet’s surface
  • Mountain ranges, desert areas, lakes, jungles and forests similar to Earth
  • The planet also has ice caps similar to Earth
  • It is not currently inhabited by any animals, birds, insects or marine life but has all the same vegetation as Earth
  • It is possible to take wildlife from Earth with you
  • 1 million people will inhabit the city initially


To help students, we’re developed a pack of resources to help them in making their decisions about their posters, including a digital template should they need it. They’ll also be able to access a 30-minute virtual talk with an expert from the NCC to help them with their poster design.

Here is the full competition brief for students


  • Competition launch – Thursday 7th January 2021
  • Submission deadline – Friday 5th February 2021
  • Final – Wednesday 17th March 2021

All submissions will hear back at the end of February whether they will be invited to the final.

How will the poster be marked?

The posters will be assessed by a judging panel consisting of engineers from the NCC and CPI. The judges will be looking for clear, informative posters which detail how the students made their decisions.  Students should consider how composites can help their new city.

Posters should include pictures and text.

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