The Presentation Board

Your Science Fair Project Board- Why bother?

     Your Project or Presentation Board represents the final step in the completion of your project.  It provides the student with an opportunity to tie all of the components of your project together in a visually exciting and yet informative format.  Think of your display board as a billboard, an advertisement, a beacon designed to atrract and engage potential readers. 

        The project or presentation board needs to contain several key blocks of information, needs to explain the project the student did and the outcome, and, ideally, should be visually interesting and engaging. For some students, assembling the project display board is a fun and creative part of the science fair project. For other students, the idea of filling the board can be a real challenge. Display boards come in several sizes, but fairs often require a tri-fold display board that measures 36" x 48" .

      The "standard" science fair project display board is big! All of that blank space can be intimidating for students, but understanding what goes on the board; storyboarding, outlining, and organizing the content that will be used on the board; and making smart visual choices about the size of the elements (including headlines and subheads) and the use of photos, charts, and decorative elements can make a big difference in how a display board turns out.


*      Purchase your boards AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  The Palm Beach County School District has the same completion dates as Polo Park Middle School and stores such as Office Depot, Michaels, Walgreens WILL sell out fast.  Check out too but... Don't delay!

Storyboard the display board. On a blank sheet of paper, block out the sections you will include and where they will go. This will help you determine how best to fill the space, help you decide what to include, and serves as a blueprint for assembling the board sections.

*      Use the steps of the scientific method or engineering design process as a guide. The stages of a student's project can be used to help prepare and organize the sections of the display board.

*     Make use of headers. The title, headers, and even subheadings help a user make sense of the material on the board at a glance.
*      Be careful to ensure the elements on the board are readable. Headlines and titles should be readable at a distance. There is plenty of space, so larger fonts work well. (See Everything You Need to Know About Fonts for Display Boards.)

*      Use visual elements to grab attention. Headlines, photos, charts and diagrams, borders, trims, and even background design elements related to the project can help draw attention to your board. (See Science Fair Project Display Board Materials and Construction Techniques for an overview of basic materials.)

*     Be neat. A well-executed display board is neatly done, contains printed sections (not handwritten), and shows care and organization.

                                                                                 Design Tips! 

                                     Project Board Resources.  Check it out!!!!!!!

Here is THE sample Display Board from the PBC School District:

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Display Board Sample
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