DETAILS: Project display guidelines FAQ? Helpful video presentation
This is a suggested Science research project layout only.
Bullet Points are suggested instead of paragraph explanations
Other section titles can be included: Variables, Data Analysis, Next Steps, etc.
This is a generic layout for either science project or engineering project.
AGAIN we emphasize - use bullet points instead of paragraph explanations.
- Not to exceed 15 inches (38 cm) deep, front to back; 48 inches (122 cm) wide, side to side when open; and 5 ft (150 cm) high.
- You may use a floor display but we need to know this before assigning you to a display table. CALL us at 925-426-7879 with your F/L name and Project ID.
- Display materials must fit on the table in front of your board. This space is approx. 15″ x 24″.
- Display boards of 3-5 ft height (vs 6 ft) are recommended for readability by the judges.
- Use bullet points instead of paragraphs whenever possible.
- Use size 24-point or larger font for the body information
- Position your main points at eye level.
- Student name(s) should not appear on the display board, abstract, project report, project log book.
- Use your project ID (provided when registering at Zfairs https://acsef.zfairs.com
- References (Bibliography) are required on the display board.
- If the bibliography is very long, include “Selected References” on the board and have available copies of the complete list in your project report or notebook (log book).
ABSTRACT & NOTEBOOK
- Display your abstract and original notebook (kept during your work) with your project. You may display in a self supporting frame if desired. Otherwise a pile of abstracts on the table top is sufficient.
- Bring 10-15 copies of your abstract for handouts to the judges.
- Display Forms 1C and 7 if your project requires them. ACSEF will supply plastic sleeves and blue tape to attach to the front of your display table.
- Have signed copies of Form Human Consent available in a folder but do not display them.
At its discretion, the compliance committee may restrict the operation of the project, or exhibition of specified items, to the time of judging only. Failure to follow these restrictions can result in project disqualification after judging is completed.
NOT ALLOWED AS PART OF THE DISPLAY BOARD
- X School, teacher or participant names or COMPANY NAMES or PRODUCT LOGOS –
- X Research Institution or College logos –
- X Formal Project Summaries for distribution – (only Abstracts may be distributed to judges or others)
- X Acknowledgements (names of mentors, university labs, etc.) – Acknowledgements go into the Report Binder but without names example: “thank you to my parents, mentor etc. for helping me with etc.
- X Awards, medals, business cards, flags, endorsements or acknowledgements from previous fairs. –
- X Photographs of people other than student presenter(s) unless signed Form Human Consent is available. –
- X Photographs or other visual presentations depicting vertebrate animals in surgical techniques, dissections, necropsies, other lab techniques, improper handling methods, improper housing conditions, procedures, etc.
THE DISPLAY BOARD Photos, graphs, diagrams, etc.
- Place a small number beneath or next to all your photos, graphs, diagrams
- Compliance Team will: Ask student if photos or illustrations were taken by or created by the student researcher?
- If you will be answering Yes then before coming to set up project add ONE small typed statement anywhere on the board “ALL PHOTOS OR ILLUSTRATIONS WERE TAKEN OR CREATED BY STUDENT RESEARCHER”
- If you answer No to the above question then before coming to set up project add a small typed BIBLIOGRAPHY SOURCE under or beside EACH numbered photo, illustration, graph etc. (example: Graph #1 source – https://xxxyyy.com )
NOT ALLOWED AS PART OF THE DISPLAY AREA OR ON BOARD –
- X Human or animal food (e.g., popcorn, M&Ms, etc.)
- X Empty product containers- Take photos if you are a *6-8th grader doing a Product Testing projects
- X Living organisms (including plants, fungi, and bacteria) – (Please take photos instead - put on your display board or in report folder/binder will overcome this issue)
- X Soil or waste samples, toxic waste samples -
- X Dried plant materials (To overcome this issue use fake plants if absolutely necessary)
- X All liquids, including water
- X Taxidermy specimens or parts
- X Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals or their parts – (Please take photos instead - put on your display board or in report folder/binder will overcome this issue)
- X Human/animal parts or body fluids (blood, urine) – PHOTOS of these are allowed IF .
- X Laboratory/household chemicals
- X Batteries with open-top cells (enclosing it into a shoe box will overcome this issue)
- X Poisons, drugs, controlled substances, hazardous substances or devices (for example: firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, model rockets)
- X Dry ice or other sublimating solids (solids which vaporize to a gas without passing through a liquid phase)
- X Sharp items (for example: syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)
- X Any flames, open or concealed, or highly flammable materials
- X Gases or empty tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases, including butane and propane
- X No hand-held laser pointers of any power. No operation of Class III or Class IV lasers.
- X No operation of unshielded belts, pulleys, chains, or moving parts with tension or pinch points.
- X Any exhibit producing temperatures that could cause physical burns must be adequately insulated.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES AT THE DISPLAY...
- Compliance Team Will Ask all students with electronic devices in their display (including prototypes) to show what will be shown to judges.
- Be prepared to turn on your device and run through the video, operation of an app or prototype etc., whatever it is you will be sharing with the judges via electronics
- If what is shown is approved (it does not have any questionable content, sticks strictly to the content of the student research and does not contain any endorsement names or logos) – THEN a Compliance Approved sticker will be affixed to the device. This means the device and contents are approved to be brought back on Saturday for judging.
- Other Electronic Display concerns: Electrical wiring and insulation
- MAKE sure - All electrical connectors, wiring, switches, extension cords, fuses, etc. must be UL-listed and must be appropriate for the load and equipment.
- Connections must be soldered or made with UL-listed connectors.
- Wiring, switches, and metal parts must have adequate insulation and over-current safety devices (such as fuses) and must be inaccessible to anyone other than the participant.
- Exposed electrical equipment or metal that may possibly be energized must be shielded with a non-conducting material or with a grounded metal box to prevent accidental contact.
- Nails/tacks/unshielded staples not acceptable.
- Wiring that is not a part of a commercially available UL-listed appliance or piece of equipment must have a clearly visible fuse or circuit breaker on the supply side of the power source and there must be a clearly labeled ON/OFF to disconnect from 120 or 220 power sources
IF YOU REQUESTED AND PAID FOR AN ELECTRICAL SUPPLY AT YOUR DISPLAY
The Compliance team will: ASK what you need the electricity for (example…run a device, a model or prototype.)
- MAKE sure you bring a 10-15 foot UL rated extension cord (it should have a UL tag on it). DO NOT share electrical equipment with other participants for safety and security reasons.
- MAKE sure that the electrical cord is securely out of the way and NOT A TRIPPING HAZARD. USE BLUE PAINTERS TAPE TO SECURE TO THE TABLE TOP IF NEEDED- ACSEF will supply the blue painter’s tape.
When & where do I set up my project display board?? Go to this link for all the details Project Set up Information.