Worldwide Student Poster Contest Rules

Theme - How Tribology Can Affect the Future World

Tribology is everywhere. Not only in machines, vehicles, lubricants and train wheels. When you slip on the ice, light a match or slide in the water park, it's friction you’re experiencing or missing. In sports and cosmetics, inside your body and in the natural world. It's everywhere.

The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) is hosting the STLE Worldwide Student Poster Contest for children ages 4-18. The contest focuses on how tribology can affect the future world. Children eight years old and under are invited to conduct an experiment showing how a lubricant works, and students age 9-18 are invited to conduct an experiment showingways to reduce friction and how it can be used to improve the future. 

The contest features two poster categories open to four age groups:

  • A technical poster, showing results from student experimental work (two winners for each age group, 8 winners total). First-place winners will receive $500, second-place winners will receive $300 and honorable mentions will receive $150.
  • An artistic poster, depicting the future world where reduced friction makes the world better (one winner for each age group, four winners total). First-place winners will receive $250.

For experiment ideas and more information on submission criteria, click here. To learn more about STLE, a professional society that’s been committed to advancing the science of tribology and the practice of lubrication engineering for the last 75 years, visit www.stle.org or call +1 847-825-5536.

WHO: All children worldwide, ages 4-18  

WHAT: STLE Worldwide Student Poster Contest

WHEN: Deadline for poster submissions is April 1, 2020.
Thank you to all participants. Poster submissions are now closed. We will be announcing winners in a couple of weeks.

WHERE: All winning posters will be displayed at the 75th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition and will be featured in STLE's monthly magazine, Tribology & Lubrication Technology (TLT).

What is tribology?
Tribology is the study of surfaces moving relative to one another.  Generally, tribology includes three key topics: friction, wear and lubrication. Friction is the resistance to relative motion, wear is the loss of material due to that motion, and lubrication is the use of a fluid (or in some cases a solid) to minimize friction and wear. In addition, Tribology also deals with energy consumption in the areas of transportation (cars, buses, planes, trains, roller coasters), manufacturing (machines and robots), power generation (reduced energy and cost), and residential (homes).   

Research areas also include:

  • Biotribology (hip and knee joints)
  • Green tribology (reduce friction and wear for longer life equipment)
  • Geotribology (glaciers and faults)
  • Nanotribology (very small devices and machines)
  • Space tribology (machines for the harsh conditions of outer space) 

Tribology is everywhere. Not only in machines, vehicles, bearings, lubricants and train wheels. When you slip on the ice, light a match or slide in the water park, it's friction that you are experiencing... or missing. Your shoes or car tires have worn out? Due to tribological processes. You don't like the texture of the fat-free yogurt? Hey, that's tribology! In sports and cosmetics, inside your body and in the natural world. It's everywhere. Just look around. Gain more insight on the science of tribology 

Poster Sizes:
Technical Posters

24” x 36” Poster board  (for age groups 4 - 11)
36” x 48” Tri-fold Poster board (for age groups 12 - 18)

Artistic Posters
24" x 36" Poster board only (for all age groups 4 - 18)

Deadline for Submission: 
End of day on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:59 PM (EST) 
Thank you to all participants. Poster submissions are now closed. We will be announcing winners in a couple of weeks.

How to Submit Your Poster: 
  • Submit a high resolution photo of your poster at posters@stle.org. It must be legible.
  • Multiple entries are allowed, but only one poster will be counted for a prize.
  • By submitting you agree that your poster becomes the property of STLE and may be used in publications, advertising, and any other manner deemed appropriate.
  • Required information includes:
    • Title of Poster
    • Name
    • Age
    • Address
    • Email
    • Phone (used to notify winners)
All winning posters will be displayed at the 75th STLE Annual Meeting. In addition all winners will be featured in STLE's monthly magazine, TLT.

Note: Prize will be received upon STLE receiving the actual winning poster (not just the photo.)
    Questions?
    Contact Dr. Maureen Hunter at mhunter@kingindustries.com