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1 6/2/20141 Tips on Designing an ISEF Affiliated Science Fair Project Display Board

2 6/2/20142 What a Well-Designed Project Board Should Accomplish Provides judges and the public with an overview of your project when you are not there to explain Provides judges and the public with an overview of your project when you are not there to explain Emphasizes succinctly the scope of the project, the nature of the research, and the results Emphasizes succinctly the scope of the project, the nature of the research, and the results Demonstrates your authority as a researcher by the neatness and correctness of the information presented Demonstrates your authority as a researcher by the neatness and correctness of the information presented

3 6/2/20143 Considerations before You Begin Type of Display: Type of Display: Tabletop (Note: If a table is used, the height, width, and depth of the table must be considered part of the project and figured in with the total dimensions of the project. Tabletop (Note: If a table is used, the height, width, and depth of the table must be considered part of the project and figured in with the total dimensions of the project. Freestanding Freestanding Origin of Board: Origin of Board: Commercial Commercial Self-made Self-made

4 6/2/20144 MAXIMUM Size of your Display Junior Division (6 th, 7 th, 8 th grade): Junior Division (6 th, 7 th, 8 th grade): 36 wide (left to right), 24 deep (front to back), and 9 feet tall (floor to top of display – table height is 36) 36 wide (left to right), 24 deep (front to back), and 9 feet tall (floor to top of display – table height is 36) Senior Division (9 th through 12 th grade): Senior Division (9 th through 12 th grade): 48 wide (left to right), 30 deep (front to back), and 9 feet tall (floor to top of display – table height is 36) 48 wide (left to right), 30 deep (front to back), and 9 feet tall (floor to top of display – table height is 36)

5 6/2/20145 Another consideration in choosing materials to create a display board is the final weight of the display. You must carry your project into Cobo Hall unassisted. Another consideration in choosing materials to create a display board is the final weight of the display. You must carry your project into Cobo Hall unassisted.

6 6/2/20146 Examples of Freestanding Displays

7 6/2/20147 Tabletop Displays

8 6/2/20148 A Few Rules to Follow Keep the display simple. Avoid clutter. Judges and the public viewing the board must be able to comprehend quickly what your research involved. Keep the display simple. Avoid clutter. Judges and the public viewing the board must be able to comprehend quickly what your research involved. Use no more than two or three colors, and choose colors appropriate to your subject. Use no more than two or three colors, and choose colors appropriate to your subject. Arrange the information logically. Arrange the information logically. Label all data tables, charts, graphs, or photographs you use. Label all data tables, charts, graphs, or photographs you use.

9 6/2/20149 What the Board Should Display PurposeHypothesisMaterialsProcedureTitle (Keep it simple) GraphsPicturesDataResultsConclusionAbstract Other Required Paperwork

10 6/2/ The Project Title Again, keep it simple and short. It should be readable from a minimum of six feet. Again, keep it simple and short. It should be readable from a minimum of six feet. Try to develop a phrasing that captures attention but succinctly represents your research. Try to develop a phrasing that captures attention but succinctly represents your research.

11 6/2/ Regulated Research Institution Form 1C Regulated Research Institution Form 1C If a research institution is used, a copy of Form 1C must be vertically displayed. If a research institution is used, a copy of Form 1C must be vertically displayed.

12 6/2/ Human Subjects Form 4 If photos of human subjects are displayed in the project, the Human Subjects Form 4 must be available in a notebook for an inspector to check. These forms should not be displayed in order to protect the anonymity of human subjects. If photos of human subjects are displayed in the project, the Human Subjects Form 4 must be available in a notebook for an inspector to check. These forms should not be displayed in order to protect the anonymity of human subjects.

13 6/2/ Other Display Considerations In addition to displaying required paperwork and a summary explanation of the research project procedure and conclusions, the Finalist may want to include the following: In addition to displaying required paperwork and a summary explanation of the research project procedure and conclusions, the Finalist may want to include the following: Graphs of data that represents depth of research or conclusions Graphs of data that represents depth of research or conclusions Pictures or illustrations of procedures Pictures or illustrations of procedures Data books Data books Mock-ups of specific designs, or laptop illustrations of procedures, etc. Mock-ups of specific designs, or laptop illustrations of procedures, etc.

14 6/2/ living organisms (including plants) living organisms (including plants) taxidermy specimens taxidermy specimens preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals human/animal food human/animal food human/animal parts or body fluids human/animal parts or body fluids chemicals chemicals drugs drugs and other items listed in the Rules. and other items listed in the Rules. Complete list of rules available at this site: The aforementioned are permitted in a display as long as they do not include items Not Allowed for Display, such as the following:

15 6/2/ Other Points to Consider In developing a display, you should also be certain to do the following: Credit all images/photos Credit all images/photos Make backup copies of all paperwork in case any is lost or misplaced Make backup copies of all paperwork in case any is lost or misplaced Develop a way to secure a laptop or any permitted piece of equipment to prevent theft Develop a way to secure a laptop or any permitted piece of equipment to prevent theft No electric power is available at Cobo Hall No electric power is available at Cobo Hall

16 6/2/ Examples of Items Not Allowed The example on right illustrates soil or waste materials not properly sealed in acrylic. The example at left illustrates plant and soil materials properly encased in acrylic.

17 6/2/ Photographs of vertebrate animals in lab procedures, unnatural environments, or stress situations not allowed Photographs of vertebrate animals in lab procedures, unnatural environments, or stress situations not allowed. Containers of plants and dirt not allowed. Glass items not allowed.

18 6/2/ Sharp objects, such as this needle, are not allowed. Plant and other dried materials scattered for decoration are not allowed.

19 6/2/ How to Credit Photos/Images Any photos, images, and graphs used in the display must be credited. If the finalist created all photos/images, a single credit is sufficient. Any photos, images, and graphs used in the display must be credited. If the finalist created all photos/images, a single credit is sufficient.

20 6/2/ Project 1 Unofficial abstracts displayed Project 2 Inappropriate pictures of animals Project 3 No Photo Credits Examples of Typical Violations

21 6/2/ Correct Freestanding Display All equipment displayed here meets safety regulations. Paperwork hanging at top of display permitted. No awards, acknowl- edgments, handouts, etc., or addresses other than Finalists are visible.

22 6/2/ Correct Display Using Table Provided By ISEF Tri-fold board does not extend over edges of the provided table, which is 30 by 48. Tri-fold board does not extend over edges of the provided table, which is 30 by 48. Required paperwork is properly displayed on front of table. Required paperwork is properly displayed on front of table. All images properly credited All images properly credited

23 6/2/ Other Resources ISEF Rules Wizard ISEF Rules Wizard The Rules Wizard has been designed as a first step to help you determine what forms and approvals are necessary before beginning a science fair project intended for competition at an ISEF-affiliated fair or the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The Rules Wizard has been designed as a first step to help you determine what forms and approvals are necessary before beginning a science fair project intended for competition at an ISEF-affiliated fair or the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. D & S Inspectors Manual: D & S Inspectors Manual: This site contains a training PPt. for Host Committee D & S Inspectors that provides additional information on appropriate displays. This site contains a training PPt. for Host Committee D & S Inspectors that provides additional information on appropriate displays. SRC PowerPoint: SRC PowerPoint: The Scientific Review PowerPoint reviews regulations for projects. Reviews role of supervisors, etc., and all required paperwork. The Scientific Review PowerPoint reviews regulations for projects. Reviews role of supervisors, etc., and all required paperwork.

24 6/2/ Where to Purchase Boards /project_display_board_advanced_design. shtml /project_display_board_advanced_design. shtml /project_display_board_advanced_design. shtml /project_display_board_advanced_design. shtml

25 6/2/ ISEF Society For Science Contacts for Additional Information John Cole, Chair of ISEF Display & Safety Committee, John Cole, Chair of ISEF Display & Safety Committee, Nancy Aiello, Nancy Aiello,


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