Make your board easy to read, not real wordy,
and use graphics, drawings and photos to tell as much as you can. Materials on
the board may be hand drawn and printed, computer generated material is not necessary
and will not influence the judges.
This Project board, your research report and
your notebook are all the judges have to evaluate your project in grades K-8.
High School students have the opportunity to be interviewed as part of the judging
process. But the interview is often only a tie breaker. Middle School students
are encouraged to attend the interview sessions, but their interviews are after
judging results have already been turned in.
The board should be neat, easy to
read, and concise. Project boards that are filled with lots of detailed written
material take too much time to read and tend to be difficult to judge. Use
photos and graphs where possible. Leave apparatus home if possible. Be sure to
check the Unacceptable
Do make it look good,
but computer generated text or graphics are not essential to a good looking
easy to read project board. It is the substance of what is there; your Problem
Statement, Methods, Data Collection and Analysis, and Conclusions that influence
judges. An artistically beautiful board with bad data collection and analysis
will not become a winner.
When you setup your board for judging try to use pictures, rather than
the actual apparatus used in your project, It is what you have written
in your abstract and notebook and what you show on your board that is
judged. “Stuff” sitting
on a project table has little effect on the judges, so use photos or drawings