Your display board gets a chance to speak about your elementary science fair project even before you get a chance to speak. So I would advise you pay some good attention to it, as this will be the first thing that the judges will examine.
Here are some elements that go into making the perfect display board for your elementary science fair:
- Your Supplies: Your display board must be made up of hard cardboard or plywood. A wooden board may be very heavy to be transported around. It should consist of three panels that can be slowly folded to make the board stand on its own. Avoid using a poster board as it can get warped and fall over, causing you embarrassment. Cover the display board with a colored colored contact paper, fabric or wallpaper.
- Your Color Scheme: You must not use more than 3 contrasting colors. The background can be white, light blue, yellow or some light color. The title and the subtitles must have darker colors such as dark green, dark blue or red. Make your papers and reports stand out by putting a dark colored border made of construction paper around them.
- Your Layout: Now we come to the most important part of your elementary science fair display. Your display board must be simple, and neatly organized. It must be inviting enough for people to come over and want to learn more about your project.
Never use neon colors as they do not look professional and would distract the onlooker from the theme of the project.
- Title: Your title is actually your conclusion in short. The letters used for the title should be large and should be placed on the top part of the central panel.
- Subtitles: Your subtitles must be slightly smaller than the title and can be made of self-sticking letters which you can buy from a local office supplies store.
- Pages displayed: The print on the report pages must be large enough with important points well highlighted so that the person standing at your display table can read them clearly. Although you can manually draw graphs, it is best to use a computer for tables, charts and graphs.
- Center of Attraction: Have an impressive graphic just below the title that will be the center of attraction of your display and that can lead the onlooker to other parts thereafter.
- Diagrams: Create relevant drawings using pencil first and then colors. Use an opaque projector if you have access to one.
- Photographs: Photographs display articles or equipment that can not be transported to the elementary science fair. They also display you in action during different stages of the experiment. They make your display live and tend to attract attention.
- A base: Your display board must be placed on a sturdy table covered with a light colored table cloth in keeping with your color scheme. Place neatly labeled copies of your abstract, project report and your journal on the table neatly.
- Model and Equipment: Place your model or demonstration equipment on the table near your abstract, project report, and journal. A well made model can be the highlight of the display table. Avoid loose cables hanging from the table or the display board.
That's about everything you need to know about making the perfect display board!
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