After you've done your research and concluded your experiments, it is time to prepare for the science fair. Ask specific questions about preparing for a science fair, including: judging, how to set up your display board, preparing a presentation, preparing for questions... (Please post questions about selecting a project or conducting your experiment by posting in the appropriate "area of science" forum.)
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What categories of information should a younger student include on their display board if their project is a demonstration and not a real experiment?
This student's project is finished, but she's not sure what to put on her display board, since she is doing a display of a solar eclipse and not really an experiment. Project is due Monday, March 7.
Thanks for your help!
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The best advice I can offer on creating a science fair display board is to read the Science Buddies project guide on the subject:http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... oard.shtmlhttp://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... ndex.shtml
The display board should tell the logical story of your topic, starting at the upper left and ending at the lower right. What is the topic of the project? Why should you be interested? What is important or surprising to know? (Like how can you predict one? What happens when one occurs? How long does one last? Why does one occur? Etc.) Some people suggest thinking about the display board as a newspaper story - you have to grab the reader’s attention so they want to read more about the topic, then tell them the essesnce of your message fast, so they get something useful if they only spend ten seconds looking at the board, then fill in the details of the rest of the story so you satisfy them if they are really interested. The project guide shows examples of display boards that should give you ideas of what the should look like.
Another way of looking at the issue is to think about what you would want to say if you had to give an oral report to your class. Or to a science fair judge - look at the judging criteria for the fair. The judge will be trying to answer the questions posed by the judging criteria - help him/her out by presenting answers to the questions he must ask.
Good luck at the fair!
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