The World’s Finest Science-Themed Peeps Diorama Contest


It’s time again for science communication to meet sugary confection, for innovators in medicine to be immortalized in gelatin, for the thrill of discovery to be depicted all marshmallowy—it’s time to make a science diorama out of Peeps.

During last year’s #PeepYourScience contest, entrants wowed the judges with the untold story of how Hidden Peeps supported NASA’s space program, with a sugary take on life as a Peeph.D. student, and even a Peepiodic table! (Check out the 2019 winners and more here.)

How will you #PeepYourScience in 2020?

This spring, The Open Notebook and friends (that’s Joanna Church, Helen Fields, and Kate Ramsayer) will present the second annual science-themed Peeps diorama contest—so it’s time to get crafting.

The contest ends March 16.


Contest Rules

The rules are simple: Make a free-standing diorama that features Peeps and depicts a science-related tableau. It could be a depiction of anything—from a famous “Eureka”’ moment, to a well-known scientist, to field work or life in the lab, to creative uses of Peeps to explain scientific processes. All sciences, from physics and astronomy to social sciences and engineering, are welcome!

Materials: Be creative—use whatever materials suit your topic! But you do have to actually incorporate Peeps (the more the merrier). And remember, safety first: no combustible or radioactive materials outside of the lab.

Rules of Conduct: New submissions only—although Peeps last forever, we want fresh creations from this crafting season. (It’s OK to submit to multiple contests, but will others have homemade trophies? Probably not.)

Please avoid libel. The Open Notebook reserves the right to take down submissions that we deem legally perilous or otherwise inappropriate.


How to Enter

When this unforgettable event will occur:

Submissions will be accepted from February 15 (when the spring Peeps are born) through March 16.

What you’ll need to provide:

  • The title of your project
  • A description (max 150 words) of your creation and what makes it brilliant; we encourage participants to make full use of the description (and photos) to show their work and their creative process in as much detail as possible
  • One overall photo of the diorama and up to three detail photos (note that this is an increase from last year’s limit of two detail photos)
  • A few details about team members

If you’re a school class: We invite K-12 teachers and classrooms to participate in the #PeepYourScience fun! This year we are creating a special entry category just for classrooms. We ask that classrooms entering the contest make a voluntary contribution of $25, to help offset the costs of administering this event.



Projects will be judged by an impartial panel of experts who are as talented as they are wise. The judges will use their discretion, but projects likely to make it to the top will be creative, sciencey, and use Peeps in a variety of creative ways. We encourage hand-made sets and props, and we value (age-appropriate) crafting quality and attention to detail. Peep and science puns are strongly encouraged.



There will be prizes in several categories, including Best in Show, Peeple’s Choice, and others to be determined. Prizes will be spectacular and of little to no monetary value. Bragging rights, however, are forever. (Did you see that Lin-Manuel Miranda retweeted Kate, Helen, and Joanna’s Hamilpeep diorama back in the day?!?)

Winners will be featured at The Open Notebook in early April and will win the Internet.




What the Peep Is a Peeps Diorama?

Peeps dioramas are an art form as old as time, more or less, but have been missing one thing: a focus on science. Until the dawn of the #PeepYourScience contest.

In 2019, The Open Notebook‘s first annual World’s Finest Science-Themed Peeps Diorama Contest yielded marshmallowy tableaux of sweet discoveries, peepstaking field work, sticky scientific mysteries, history of science, s’more history of science…. The entries left no Peep pun unturned. See the winners here, and see them all at our #PeepYourScience 2019 gallery!


A Small Sampling of Science-Themed Peeps Dioramas

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