Science Summer School

Schools T-Shirt Design Competition

Activate your Curiosity – T-shirt Design Competition with an opportunity to meet Professor Brian Cox CBE

As part of the Science Summer School we are asking pupils across the borough to ‘Activate your Curiosity’ by creating an original t-shirt design that reflects one of the three themes listed below. The competition aims to activate the curiosity of pupils by providing stimulus that looks at the importance and history of the borough’s rich Industrial Heritage and looks at the sustainability and Future of Fashion.

There are fantastic prizes on offer - the winning t-shirt will be printed and the designer will have the opportunity to meet Professor Brian Cox CBE in November 2022.

The competition is open now and closes at 12noon, Friday 27 May 2022.

What do I need to do?

Using the downloadable Competition Entry Form, provide a detailed sketch of your design, based on the themes below, along with an explanation outlining:

  • What is your idea?
  • What or who inspired you?

The three themes are:

  • Activate your Curiosity
  • First Attempts
  • The Universe

All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation. Prizes are available for the winners of KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4 as well as an overall winner. The winning design will be printed onto t-shirts. The overall winner will have an opportunity to meet Professor Brian Cox CBE at the Science School in November 2022.

The best ideas will also be included in the ‘Gallery of First Attempts’ exhibition in the Mid-Antrim Museum at The Braid in conjunction with this exciting event. (add link to this when it is ready)

To enter students must attend a school in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area.

Each school should send the entry forms with the detailed sketch together to: or post to:

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
c/o Christine Barnhill
Silverwood Business Park
190 Raceview Road
BT42 4HY

The closing date for entries is 12noon, Friday 27 May 2022. The winners will be notified by Friday 17 June 2022.

To help you with the competition, we have compiled some resources you will find useful:

Science Summer School Digital Flyer

Competition Entry Form

Exploring Your Roots booklet on The Braid website

Did you know:

  • Brothers William and James Raphael were closely associated with the Galgorm area of Ballymena. Their family were involved in business, textile manufacturing and the development of Galgorm in the 19th century.
  • The Raphaels purchased Galgorm House in 1886.
  • The family were founding share holders and subsequently Directors on the Board of the Braidwater Spinning Mill.
  • In more recent years the family connection with the town has been kept alive by Christopher Raphael who attended Ballymena Academy.
  • Did you know that the Raphael brothers also travelled abroad to Philadelphia to promote international trade in the 1840s?

To find out further details contact:


T 028 2563 3363

The Raphael Portraits acquisition was made in 2021 by Mid-Antrim Museum (Mid and East Antrim Borough Council), purchased with support from the NI Museums Council and Esmé Mitchell Trust.

The creation of the Brian Cox Design Competition Video Resource has been supported by the Shared History Fund, delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund on behalf of the Northern Ireland Office.