DETAILS: Project display guidelines FAQ?
This is a suggested layout only. Other section titles can be included: Variables, Data Analysis, Next Steps, etc.
1. How important is the display board? VERY! Judges visit the projects early in the morning before judging begins & after judging ends while you are NOT present. So the display needs to "tell the story" of your project.
Judges will read the display board 1st and then the project log book and project report binder and read over your abstract. This helps them to form questions they will ask you during the interview. Each Judge will interview you at your project display for approximately 10 - 15 minutes. Generally each project will receive between 3-5 or more judges.
2. How large can my display board be? The maximum height and width of a display board for competiton is 72" tall x 48" wide. A standard Tri fold display board measures unfolded 36" tall by 48" wide.
3. Should I go larger than the regular 3' high board?? Only do this if you really need the space for the items you want on the board. It reflects poorly on your board if there are large empty areas. That is up to you! Two regular tri fold boards can be stacked or cut and attached securely to each other for the added height.You can order taller boards online Monster Boards - including header board and carrying case avg price $48.
4. What goes onto the display board? Is there a specific layout for the sections? Check the illustration at the top of the page. This is a good layout - but you can additionally include other title sections.
- No there is NOT a specific layout. But remember your display board should tell the story of your project in a logical sequence - Left side - center - right side is how the story is generally laid out.
- Project title on display board must be the same as provided to ACSEF when you registered online. If you've changed it SEND US AN EMAIL with your SCHOOL name, YOUR name + the title change you want no later than February 15th alamedacountySEF@gmail.com.!!
Here is a list of sections that is suggested be on the display board:
Variables :(Control, Controlled Variables, Independent Variable, Dependent Variable)
Procedure - If procedure is Ultra long, then move it to the middle section or consider creating a schematic or flow chart with graphicsSee two graphic examples further down on this page
Title or put it on header board
Data Table(s) - go to this link to see different types of data tables
Graphs - go to this link to choose appropriate style
Photos or other illustrations. If you took the photos it is required to have a single caption near the photo section: "all photos taken by student researcher".
Illustrations or other visual images from an outside source will need to EACH have a caption citing the source from where it came "URL or book etc."
Data Analysis - This link provides good explanations
Results/Discussion - Discuss what is already known about the topic and describe what your findings contribute to the subject. Compare your data to other related data. Describe what the data mean.
Possible Future Work
References -You may add a small section for the major references used.
Title can also be placed on a "header board" which is placed on top of the tri fold board - this gives you more room on the board if needed. See this link: header boards
Display Board Samples Check out some of these display board samples - some are good and some are not....
- Make your display stand out but be careful not to clutter it up. Choose a color scheme that is pleasing to the eye.
- Color block/back the displayed items.
- To guide the observer you can number or give letters to the section title or even have arrows pointing to the next logical sectiontitle to be observed.
USE MORE ILLUSTRATIONS, GRAPHS, TABLES, SCHEMATICS, PHOTOS and FEWER WORDS!
Fonts. Science Buddies has some great FONT suggestions! Don't use script fonts
Size of Fonts - Title - should easily be read from 10 feet away (150). Section headings (Question, Hypothesis,Variables etc. - should be read from 5-6 feet away (32). Body of work - (Use more graphics than words!) but the font should be 14-16 in size.
Procedure Graphics Suggestions
Instead of writing a long procedure in words - consider making a nice colorful and pictoral flow chart with arrows indicating next steps. Consider shortening the background research to 2-3 sentences or a very short paragraph covering ONLY THE KEY ideas.
or this example:
- What follows is a list of DO NOTs:
- DO NOT put abstract on the display board. Put one copy in the Report binder. Bring 10 copies of the abstract for the judges. Submit one copy of the abstract online at https://acsef.zfairs.com site https://acsef.zfairs.com Upload it with the description of ABSTRACT
- DO NOT put Background Report on the display board. Put it inside the Report binder.
- DO NOT include Acknowledgements, on the display board. Put it inside of the Final Project Report binder. *This prevents any preferential judging issues.
- DO NOT include your name and school name on display board, or on/in the log book or the cover of or inside your project report binder. Use only your Project I.D. If any materials have your name or school name on them you'll be asked to use tape to cover them.
- DO NOT put bibliography on the display board. *If your school requires this then it is okay or we'd rather it go onto the back of the display board.
When do I set up my project display board?? Go to this link for all the details Project Set up Information.