8 Tips for Making a Great Science Fair Display

Part of the Science Fair Projects For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Making an outstanding science fair project display allows your project to stand out among all the others. In a sense, when you produce your display, you create an advertisement for your project, inviting prospective clients (science fair judges) to look at what you have to offer.

Although your prospective clients are very knowledgeable about your category, they have no idea what your particular project is about, so your display has to attract them and tell them just enough to make them want to find out more. The goal of your display is to include lots of information without making it look crowded.

Here are a few tips on how to create an effective backboard display:

  • Check the science fair size requirements before you design the backboard.

  • Make a sketch of your layout to make sure that all your material will fit on the backboard.

  • Glue all material firmly on the backboard.

  • Combine complementary colors that enhance your project.

  • Put titles in larger fonts so they're readable from a distance.

  • Add texture to emphasize your display.

  • Add drawings and photographs to make the display more interesting.

  • Summarize your project hypothesis, materials, procedures, results, and conclusions — you don't need to tell the whole story.

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