Science Fair Project Display Boards
- For almost every science fair project, you need to prepare a display board to communicate your work to others. In most cases you will use a standard, three-panel display board that unfolds to be 36" tall by 48" wide. Display boards can be found at Amazon.com and other retailers.
- Organize your information like a newspaper so that your audience can quickly follow the thread of your experiment by reading from top to bottom, then left to right. Include each step of your science fair project: Abstract, question, hypothesis, variables, background research, and so on.
- Use a font size of at least 16 points for the text on your display board, so that it is easy to read from a few feet away. It's OK to use slightly smaller fonts for captions on picture and tables. For more details see: Everything You Need to Know About Fonts for Display Boards
- The title should be big and easily read from across the room. Choose one that accurately describes your work, but also grabs peoples' attention.
- A picture speaks a thousand words! Use photos or draw diagrams to present non-numerical data, to propose models that explain your results, or just to show your experimental setup. But, don't put text on top of photographs or images. It can be very difficult to read.
- Check the rules for your science fair. Here is a list of items that some science fairs allow (or even require) and some science fairs don't require (or even prohibit):
- Your name on the display board
- Pictures of yourself
- Captions that include the source for every picture or image
- Acknowledgements of people who helped you
- Your laboratory notebook (some science fairs want you to have it only during judging)
- Equipment such as your laboratory apparatus or your invention
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SamplesNot sure what your project display board should look like? This Science Fair Display Board Gallery is full of good examples to get you started.
Science Fair Project Display Board Checklist
|What Makes for a Good Science Fair Project Display Board?||For a Good Science Fair Project Display Board, You Should Answer "Yes" to Every Question|
|Does your display board include:
||Yes / No|
|Are the sections on your display board organized like a newspaper so that they are easy to follow?||Yes / No|
|Is the text font large enough to be read easily (at least 16 points)?||Yes / No|
|Does the title catch people's attention, and is the title font large enough to be read from across the room?||Yes / No|
|Did you use pictures and diagrams to effectively convey information about your science fair project?||Yes / No|
|Have you constructed your display board as neatly as possible?||Yes / No|
|Did you proofread your display board?||Yes / No|
|Did you follow all of the rules pertaining to display boards for your particular science fair?||Yes / No|
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