Having an award-winning science fair projects isn’t the reason teachers assign or sponsor a school science fair, but in general winning a prize can be a big motivator for the students. There are several things to consider if you want to be one of the ones that take home a ribbon, but unfortunately the final presentation could make or break you.
It is true in education they preach that it is the process not the product that matters. So for science fair projects the goal is to learn something from the doing the project. Following the directions, using scientific thought and proper steps are all crucial to a successful project and getting an eventual award. However, when the project is being judged, the presentation could make or break you. Award winning science fair projects display boards will be attractive and professional looking.
Here are some tips on how to make an attractive display that judges will respond to.
One: Use color on the science board. You want color but not too much color. Over doing it will work against you. One color scheme is usually good. You can use two if the second is to complement with borders. Hand written reports should be in blue or black ink and anything printed should only be in black. When possible get the color to match the topic. (orange for citrus, green for plants etc)
Two: Formatting of the document should look professional. Use bold fonts, no higher than 14-16 point. Justify the margins. This makes it easy to read, which very important to the judges.
Three: Each section should have bullet points, with dots or arrows only. This is not the time to be cute. You might be able to use theme related bullets in certain situations. Light bulbs for an electricity experiment. Which ever, the same bullet pattern should be used on the entire display board.
Four: If there are pictures, put borders around them. Computer generated borders should be the same on all the papers. Hand made borders should be part of the color pattern. Construction paper as a back drop for a written paper is an effective border. Winfair88
Five: Use glue instead of tape. You do not want to see tape edges and folded over tape loosed its sticky. Glue sticks are perfect. You can find a glue spray designed for display boards at an office supply store.
Six: Make sure your cutting is even. Use a straight edge to mark your cutting lines. Do a test run on the display board with scrap paper cut to size to see if it fits before cutting your final copies of your data and research.
These tips will not win the award for you, the quality of your project will be the final factor, but without them, your potential award-winning science fair projects will be passed over.