Science Project Display Board
Remember, Models & Devices are not required for an Outstanding project display!
Project dimensions, including any equipment, models, devices, books, etc.
Projects in Grades K-8 must be no more than:
- 30 in. deep (front to back)
- 36 in. wide (side-side)
- 48 in. high (only for table-display)
- Electrical power is not provided for K-8 projects.
High School Projects must be no more than:
- 30 in. deep (front to back)
- 48 in. wide (side to side)
- 108 in. high (floor to top)
- Electrical power is no longer provided
Backboard: Any freestanding design within the allowed dimensions. Pre-made, tri-fold, corrugated cardboard display boards are available. But, backboards may be made from large boxes, hinged wooden panels or other materials. The display board may be covered with fade-proof bulletin board paper (available at teacher supply stores), gift-wrap, self-stick shelving paper or cloth. Remember, while it is helpful to have an attractive interesting looking board, it is your project that is most important.
Project Journal/Lab Notebook: (For More Information - Click here) This is the account of your project from idea conception through to conclusion including development and brainstorming for how to extend/expand your work next time. Date and initial all entries. This is proof you did the work!
Abstract: (For More Information - Click here) A 250 word or less summary of your entire project. Required at High School, and encouraged, but optional, for K-8th grades.
Model, test equipment or items studied: While allowed, under the Display & Safety rules, whenever possible we discourage leaving actual models or equipment/devices on the project tables. There is a list of items that indeed are unacceptable for display at SARSEF, please review it: Display and Safety). If the student feels that device or models must be shown, consider how to protect your model (possibly encasing in a clear Plexiglas box) as damage or even theft may occur by fair visitors. Photos are an excellent substitution and good method of communication. Safety is key: both for the items at the project and the visitors.
Photos/Diagrams: Photos are a great tool and recommended, but optional. Hand drawn diagrams are equally effective. Images of any sort must be accredited to the photographer, artist, magazine, web site, or other source. When photos include people, they are to be performing their experiment, not posing. Inappropriate photos of animals in other than their natural habitat will be removed by Display and Safety. ISEF Display and Safety Link, click here.
Applicable forms: All projects that have been approved by the Scientific Review Committee or the Institutional Review Board must have those forms available during setup and judging, regardless of grade level. High School projects not involving Scientific Review Committee or Institutional Review Board review will only require the basic International Science Engineering Fair Forms, dependent upon the project. It is SRONGLY recommended to bring ONLY copies to the fair. Keep the original at home for safe keeping
Board Organization: Project Boards are creative masterpieces. All are different, yet all contain some fundamental information including; the Problem Statement or Question and Hypothesis if used, Methods including materials and procedures, Data, analytical procedures, Results, Conclusions, Bibliography, & Abstract. Some project boards discuss what they would do next if the project was done again. See real examples below
Hints & Suggestions:
- Text may be handwritten or computer generated,
- It should be clear and readable from 1 meter away.
- Consider using double stick tape, glue or Velcro to attach items to your display board.
- Acknowledgements are not to be on the display board, except for credits to images. Consider putting your acknowledgement and mentor appreciation in your logbook, but not on the board.
Remember: How you display your project draws the viewer to it. The science in your project is what you want them to remember!
PROJECT BOARD SAMPLES
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