How to Build a Display Board
Your project display board is a visual representation of your topic and research. In order to create a display that presents your topic and findings as clearly as possible, try to incorporate as many components of this sample display as possible.
- Your board can be purchased at local retailers like Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Office Depot, Target, Wal-Mart or online.
- You may use any color display you like.
- The width for the middle section of the tri-fold board cannot exceed 30”.
- A base is not required.
- No photos that identify persons, schools or school districts may be displayed.
- No student name, school name or district name may be displayed.
- No food, sharp items, breakables, liquids, powders, animals, body fluids, microbes, flammables electrical hazards or other materials considered hazardous can be displayed. Use photographs, models or drawings to represent these things.
- No fire or burning objects for students in grades K through 5.
- Students in grades 6 through 12 who have a project involving fire, burning objects, hazardous materials or bacteria MUST complete the Select Division Safety Form 1A.It is to be submitted to the Academy of Science for approval and the ensuing email authorization must accompany your logbook.
- No items that are valuable or valued by the student are to be displayed. Kirkwood School District is not responsible for any missing or lost items from the student’s display.
When designing your display board, try to incorporate the following:
- Label the sections and arrange them logically.
- Background information, problem, hypothesis, procedure, results and conclusions.
- Photographs to show the procedure (no identifying faces in photos; cover faces with a sticker).
- Print in large, bold printing or typing.
- Color code the study variables.
- Reference your logbook for critical information or data.
- Acknowledge those who advised or assisted without using names (i.e., my teacher, my parents, etc.).
- Consider computer-generated materials for your display; they are acceptable.
- Review the scoring rubric to make sure you have all the components that are to be judged.
Remember that the "footprint" of displays is uniform and limited. Be respectful of your display neighbors sharing your area and try to contain your "footprint" within the allotted space.