Consider the Layout
One of the keys to producing an award-winning science fair experiment is knowing how to set up science fair board displays. Before you begin, consider how you would like to lay out all of the information from your science fair project. There is no correct way to layout a science fair board and how you approach it will depend on your science fair project and your own creativity.
Most science fair boards are tri-folds, which means that they are made of three sections that fold in the middle so that they can stand securely. To plan your layout, draw three large squares on a big piece of scrap paper.
Think about what you’d like to put in the center section. The title should always be prominently displayed at the top of the center section. As this section is the first that judges and passersby will notice, it should house the most important or interesting parts of your project. For some projects, this will be your question and the hypothesis. For others, it will be graphs or pictures of your data. Sketch what you think this information will look like into the center square of your scrap paper and then put the other components around it. Remember that we read from left to right so the earliest parts of your project should usually be on the left panel and the last steps (e.g., results, conclusion, discussion) should be on the right panel.
You can buy a tri-fold board from most office supply stores. Put the most important or eye-catching piece of information about your project in the center of the board, with the title in large, colored letters above it. Put any visual displays (e.g., models, tangible results) in front of your display board for the judges to see and manipulate.