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Displaying Multiple Photos

Postby cgambell » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:48 am

My daughter needs to display multiple photos within very limited space. She tested bacteria on hands. To sum it up. she tested 48 people (12 elem students, 12 ms students, 12 hs students and 12 adults. Of the 12 in each group, 4 did not wash their hands, 4 washed with soap and water and 4 washed with hand sanitizer. She is trying to prove which is best in a school setting and whether we are teaching our children and adults good hand washing techniques. We photographed the petri dish in each group with the fewest bacteria colonies and the dish with the most bacteria colonies for each group. She would like to display those photos so people can see the comparison in each age group. However, she doesn't have adequate space to display them each individually. We thought about displaying them somewhat like a flip chart where they could flip the first photo up to see the next and then the third. No wash...wash...hand sanitizer. Make sense. Any other suggestions on how she could display these photos or use less photos. We were not sure which to use if we cut back on the number of photos. She also has charts that display this information for comparison. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated. The science fair is February 2nd so we need to get the board finished this weekend! Thanks!

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Re: Displaying Multiple Photos

Postby Amber_MIT » Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:10 pm

This sounds like a cool project!

My biggest problem was always putting everything on the board. I always liked having lots of detail :-). You might take a couple of your best pictures and put them on the board as examples. I would then put all of your pictures (including the ones on the board) in a notebook/flipbook on the table, and they should all be labeled. If you can get some of those plastic sleeves for photos, that would be best. You could put them in a binder or tie them together with a string. As long as the notebook/flipbook is obvious on the table, I don't think it will be a problem. Even better would be if you could stand up the flipbook so that the pictures can be viewed without staring down at the table.

When your daughter talks about her results, she can even flip through the pictures to show the judges examples.

Another suggestion: If these are digital photos, or you can somehow put them on the computer, you could shrink them and put a small image next to your graphs, that way they would take up less room. You might not be able to do this well if you can't see the differences when you make them small.

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