Elementary Science Fair Projects
Tips for elementary science fair projects displays
How you display your elementary science fair projects
is very important as it shows just how much work you've
put into the project. For the display, you will need
anything that you have that represents your elementary
science fair projects, including the backboard, the
project report, models that you may have constructed,
items studied, reports, pictures, surveys etc.
You must make sure that the display is attractive and
interesting. There should be enough details, but you
also should make sure the judges are not overloaded with
or distracted by information. You want to make sure that
the display shows the judges all that they need to know.
A poor display could ruin all the hard work that you've
Select the title of your
fair projects carefully. Keep it short and
simple. This will enable the title to catch the
attention of the viewer. The title should be displayed
in a font that is large enough to be read at a distance
of about 3 feet. You may want to purchase self-sticking
letters to create the title. This can be obtained at DIY
or office supplies stores. If you want to keep costs to
a minimum, you can also make the letters out of
construction paper. You can also print your titles with
a computer and a printer. Be creative!
The display board
Check that you comply with the stipulated size and
shape of the display board.
Check what the maximum measurements are - your
display can be smaller than this. A three-sided board is
usually the best way to put up your display. There are
various materials that you can use to construct your
display board such as sturdy cardboard or wooden panels.
Some DIY or office supplies stores may also sell
pre-made display boards. Alternatively, you can also
check out science supply companies. Pre-made display
boards will usually come only in white and black. You
can change the colors by using paper or cloth to cover
the board. When putting up items on the board, choose
you colors carefully to make sure that what stands out
are the materials rather than the background colors
itself. If you are unsure as to what colors to use,
stick to neutral pastel colors.
Check to see if there are rules about the position of the
information on your display board. For instance, the rules
may require that the science project title has to be
centralized or has to be of a certain font size. You may
also be required to have certain headings.
Other General Display
1. Make sure that all lines and edges are straight.
Crooked displays tell the judges that you are a sloppy
person. And a good scientist is never sloppy!
2. Lay your letters on the display board first to see
how it looks before sticking them on. Make sure that
your letters are displayed in a straight line. You
should use a ruler and draw a straight line first as a
guide before you stick the letters on. Make sure that
the bottom of each letter lines up properly against the
3. Use large fonts for the project title and smaller
fonts for each of the headings. For the headings, you
can also use a different color from the rest of your
text. However, you should not use too many colors
otherwise the judges will be distracted. Most of the
ordinary text should be black in color.
4. Make sure that your wiring and electrical plugs
comply with all safety standards. Get help from an adult
5. Pack a kit of stationery comprising of coloured
pencils, markers, erasers, felt pens, glue, tape, paint
etc - basically anything that you may need to do last
minute touch ups to your project display.