How to Make a Science Board

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How to Make a Science Board
How to Make a
Science Board
Key Information
• For your science project, you need to
prepare a display board to communicate
your work to others.
• You will use a standard, three-panel
display board that unfolds to be 36" tall
by 48" wide.
Board Layout
• Organize your information like a
newspaper so that your audience can
quickly follow the thread of your
experiment by reading from top to
bottom, then left to right.
• Include each step of your science project:
Abstract, question, hypothesis, variables,
background research, and so on.
Board Layout
Board Layout
Board Layout
Display Board
• Use a font size of at least 16 points for the
text on your display board, so that it is easy
to read from a few feet away. It's OK to use
slightly smaller fonts for captions on picture
and tables.
The title should be big and easily read
from across the room. Choose one that
accurately describes your work, but also
grabs peoples' attention.
Display Board
• A picture speaks a thousand words!
• Use photos or draw diagrams to present
non-numerical data, to propose models
that explain your results, or just to show
your experimental setup.
• Don't put text on top of photographs or
images. It can be very difficult to read.
Display Board
Here is a list of items that need to be included on your
science board:
• Your name on the display board
• Pictures of yourself
• Captions that include the source for every picture or image
• Acknowledgements of people who helped you
• Equipment such as your laboratory apparatus or your
Materials and
Construction Techniques
• Print out or write your information on
white paper that you will attach to your
display board. Be sure to proofread each
sheet before you attach it.
• Glue sticks (use plenty) work well for
attaching sheets of paper to your display
board. Use double-sided tape for items
like photographs that may not stick to
Materials and
Construction Techniques
• Instead of regular paper, use cover stock or
card stock. These heavier papers will wrinkle
less when you attach it to your display board,
especially if you use a glue stick. Matte paper
is preferable to glossy because it won't show
as much glare— glare makes your display
board difficult to read.
• Use color construction paper to add accents
to your display board. A common technique is
to put sheets of construction paper behind
the white paper containing your text.
Student’s Final
• Did you remember to..• • • •
• Include every required category
(Hypothesis, Procedure, Materials, etc.)?
• Label every chart, graph and illustration?
• Provide a caption for every photograph?
• Proofread every word on your display
board? Twice??
Student’s Final
• Ask yourself...
• Is the type large enough to read from afar? Stand 3
feet away to check.
• Are lines straight? Are text blocks and graphics
properly aligned? (You can re-do a section by covering
mistakes with matching colored paper and pasting new
text and graphics over that. This time use a ruler!)
• Does the display look overly crowded with
information? If so, consider removing some less
important items and displaying them creatively on the
table instead.
Student’s Final
• Ask yourself...
• Are there any empty spaces on the
board? If your layout looks uneven,
consider adding some items to balance it
What is required?
• The title of your project. Your name.
Data and Graphics
• Present any significant data, graphs, and
pictures in this section.
• Visual representations of your results, if
done effectively, are worth thousands of
Problem/ Purpose
• State the problem that you were
originally concerned with and explain why
you selected the topic you did?
• State your hypothesis.
• DO NOT write a prediction statement.
• Your hypothesis should NOT be in an
If…then format.
• State the procedures you followed.
• What experiments did you perform and
• What did you find out from your data?
• Explain the results here.
• Was your hypothesis right or wrong?
• Can you make a new statement that you
know to be true based on your research?
• From everything you learned would you
make any recommendations for further
• Write your ideas for research in this
• What other hypotheses could you conduct
an experiment on based on your current
• An abstract is a brief overview of your
project work.
• It should include the title, your name, and
brief summaries of the problem,
hypothesis, procedures, data and
• It should be no more than one typed page
with 1 or 2 paragraphs.
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