Science Fair Project Display

To show off your work, you will probably be asked to create science fair project display board. Before creating your display board, be sure to find out what the rules are when it comes to size and the kind of materials you are allowed to use.

Read on, or move directly to: What it Looks LikeConstruction, or Presentation.

What it Looks Like

Most science fair project displays are about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide, fold out into three sections and are made of a light but sturdy material so they can stand up on their own when being presented. 

science fair project display

Your title should be the largest text (by far) on the display. It should be bold and attention getting.

Lay out your project information on your science fair project display board in a logical and easy to read manner. Most people like to read information from left to right and from top to bottom. If you think about your project like a story, your beginning would be your Question and the end would be the Conclusion.

The center of your display board should contain all the relevant information about the actual Experiment – descriptions of the materials you used, pictures of your setup experiment at the start, middle and finish of your experimentation, a description of how the experiment was conducted and any graphs and figures you made.

When make the pages for your display board, make sure that the text is readable at a glance – try not to use overly fancy graphics or fonts with your text – this will irritate the judges because those trappings make the text hard to read.

If you are allowed space on the table in front of your science fair project display board, put your actual experiment – test tubes (or whatever you used) and all! This will give your project extra punch.

Make sure to have a printed (and stapled or bound) copy of your project report in front of your display. You may also want to have your journal (if you kept one) next to your report. 


When making your pages for your display, try to use thicker paper then you normally would to print out your information. Do this especially if you are intending to use glue or glue sticks (these are better then glue) to affix your pages to the display board. Feel free to use colored construction paper for backing on your pages or as markers to attract attention to various parts of your display.

Don’t feel tied down to any one particular design. The important task a science fair project display should accomplish is to communicate the journey you took while doing your project and show off the results of your hard work.

If you see an interesting design idea for a display board, don’t be afraid to try it – just make sure you read and follow the rules of your science fair or class.

If you need more information, check out this science fair project display explanation. 


Try to relax – this can be a nervous time for some people. You, however, have done your work and done it well, so you have nothing to worry about. Make sure to eat a good breakfast the day of the fair and if you start to feel nervous, take a few deep breaths – it will help calm you down and help you think clearly.

If you are going to meet with the judges for your science fair project display make sure to dress neatly and conservatively – appearance counts! No t-shirts, no jeans or baseball caps.

Rehearse what you are going to say to them and think about what kind of questions they may ask you. If they end up asking you a question for which you don’t know the answer then be honest and say that you don’t know.

Always be polite and enthusiastic while you are at the fair.

That’s it! You’ve worked hard and it shows. 

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