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How to Make a Science Fair Project Display Board
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Did you know that your display board is the first impression of your science fair project. It is a display that tells the story of all your efforts. So keep it simple, very neat and well organized.
CLUE No. 6
E DISPLAY BOARD / BACKBOARD
Visual Exhibit of Your Science Project
This clue will take up to 3 hours to unravel.
Before you purchase any materials, read your school's
guidelines. Your school may have different requirements for elementary science fair boards than for middle or high school. Also, rules change from school to
school regarding sizes, shapes and material composition for the backboards
/display boards /exhibit boards.
Look at the example of a display board.
Notice that it is simple, neat, well organized and invites a
person to visit and learn more. And isn't that what you want? For the
judges to be attracted like a magnet to your
Teachers and PTOs, you can find standard size display boards, headers, certificates and more here...
your creativity. Envision in your mind how you want your board to
look. On a piece of paper sketch a design that is in balance and flows -
as illustrated in the above example. Make copies of your sketch. Use crayons or colored
pencils to try out different color combinations.
A display board is made up of sturdy
material, has 3 panels that fold out so that the board can stand up by
itself. Do not use a flimsy poster board. It will constantly be falling
down, which irritates teachers and judges.
You can construct a display board from pegboard, plywood, corkboard,
particleboard or foam board. If you make your display board,
choose a material that is light and easy to carry. A wood board is too heavy
A cover for the homemade display board can be contact paper,
wallpaper or fabric. Use a color that is one of the three colors of your
On the back of the display board list your name, school, grade, science
Use rubber cement or double sided tape.
White glue wrinkles the paper.
Use construction paper to make a border
around your papers. Choose a color that matches the title letters.
Self-adhesive Titles / Letters.
The letters for the title of the board can usually be found at Target, school supply store or teacher's retail store. Title tags, such as Problem, Hypothesis, Data, etc, Click here
to look at what you will need.
Decide on a color scheme
for your display board. Use no
more then 3 contrasting colors : background color, color used to
frame your papers, and ink used for the story of your report (black is
easy to read). Do not use neon colored display boards or lettering. It
takes away from the display and does not look professional.
Make your TITLE HEADINGS look professional.
Self-adhesive letters are
sharp are an excellent choice. They are available at a teacher's store or an office
You can design the letterheads on a computer. If your printer does not
print sharp looking images, then copy the design to a disk or CD-ROM and
bring it to your local print shop.
Make the TITLE letters larger than the
subtitles. Place the title at the top of the middle panel. Display
photographs, drawings, charts and tables underneath the title. You will find more information about charts and tables here...
Use a darker color for the title and subtitles such as dark blue, green
and purple, royal blue, medium green and purple. Lighter colors can be
used such as light blue, yellow, light green as a background for the
letters, but it really isn't necessary if you have a white display board.
Before gluing TITLE HEADINGS permanently to the display board, lay them
out on the board in a neat and logical order.
Type and print the
report pages that are going to be displayed on the display board. Make
the print large enough so that a person standing in front of your table
can read it without squinting or leaning forward to see. Place a
border around the report pages that is in your color scheme. For the
border paper, purchase colored construction paper at your local office
If you have to buy large sheets of construction paper, cut them to
size. Use a ruler and pencil, lightly mark the outer margins where you
will cut. Use a paper cutter at school or at your local print shop.
Have a focal point
from which the other pages, tables, graphs,
charts and photos stem. This will create continuity and flow.
To create poster size
images, first draw in pencil and then retrace your drawings and sketches.
Using an Opaque Projector at school, tape a large piece of paper on the
wall and trace the outline of your drawing projection. It is important to
make the drawings in proportion to the other materials that are on your
8" X 10" or 5"x 7" are
excellent sizes for your display board. Place them in sequential order.
Remember to frame them in one of the 3 colors. Photo stores can enlarge
them for you. Some printing shops such as Kinkos can usually reproduce
them for less cost. Make one copy first to check the quality.
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Patricia Bitner Provost Award at SIUC
Rachel Dobrich Mokena, IL
Francis Lawrence Jr Lisle, IL
All done? Finish your display board?
Outcome achieved! Congratulations!!
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