You’ve picked the perfect project, pulled together your materials and variables, conducted your experiment. You can see the finish line. But there is one last piece of the science fair project that remains…the project display board.
I’ve been surprised in my working with students and their parents that the display board can make even the most confident scientists to break out in a sweat.
Don’t sweat the display board – this is where your hard work and creativity really get to shine. It is a display that tells the story of all of your efforts and gives the first impression of your project.
Here are a few tips:
- Keep it simple, neat and organized.
- Start with a powerful title. You want to grab the judges’ and visitors’ attention. A title like “Mentos and Diet Coke Geysers” is nice, but it doesn’t jump out. Try something like “Icky Sticky Soda Geysers – Which One Makes the Biggest Mess?”
- Use your imagination and make it attractive. Use pictures, 3-D objects, colors, graphs, charts or illustrations to draw in your audience.
- Know your facts. Make sure your report, data, materials and conclusions are all well-written and thoroughly researched.
- Practice and review. Practice your science fair speech in front of friends and family. Ask them to ask you questions about your project and rehearse your answers.
A good science fair project includes:
BIG QUESTION: What are you trying to find out?
HYPOTHESIS: An “I think … “ statement. What do you think will happen?
MATERIALS: A list of supplies for your experiment
VARIABLE: Something that changes in your experiment
PROCEDURE: The steps you take to run your tests
DATA: A graph or chart that shows the results of your test
BIG DISCOVERY: What happened? Explain your results
CONCLUSION: So what? What did you learn?
I WONDER: What does your experiment make you wonder about?
Here is a sample of how to lay out your board: