Recommended Parts to the Board
1) Title – short, descriptive, catchy.
2) Scientific Question and Hypothesis or Engineering Goal
3) Important research that helped to guide the project.
4) Procedure with diagrams, material list, and steps.
5) Results – both quantitative and qualitative.
6) Analysis and Conclusion.
EVERYONE SHOULD KEEP CAREFUL NOTES ABOUT PROBLEMS THEY ENCOUNTER AND HOW THEY TRY TO SOLVE THEM AND QUALITATIVE OBSERVATIONS. DATES AND TIMES AND SETTINGS OF ALL STEPS SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED IN THE SCIENCE NOTEBOOK.
Displaying your results – Graphs
Decide on the best kind of graph to use. Decide which observations are the most critical to share and how you will do so. For engineers, often your results will be a sentence or two for each challenge you were trying to overcome, like “We successfully attached the arm to the catapult.”
Keep the questions in front of you at all times. Discuss them frequently. Find a place in your notebook to keep your notes as you are going so you don’t have to rely on your memory as you sit at the computer to type at the end of the month. Possible questions include:
A) Problems you encountered along the road and how you solved them.
B) Describe how you would solve unsolvable problems in the future if you had more time and resources.
C) What conclusions does the data suggest?
D) Analyze what you learned about your variables. Offer possible scientific explanations for unexpected results.
E) What future studies would like to do – what questions has your study brought to light?
F) Does the data suggest that your hypothesis was correct or incorrect?
Middle School Display Regulations –
OFFICIAL SCIENCE FAIR BOARD GUIDELINES – the deep bureaucratic stuff. Just do READ IT OVER before you put your tri-fold board together. Occasionally students get zapped for putting organic materials, (like Cheerios) logos, the school name, acknowledgements (like “I would like to Thank Mr. Guptill for….) or UNCITED pictures on the board. Those are the most common infractions.
The poster is the first thing the judges see when they review your project. It is important to do your best and organize your information in a clear way. All exhibits need to have their MS Super EZ form and project procedures, either posted or in a lab notebook. We are working on this paperwork in class. The lab notebook can also hold additional graphs and data tables.
30 inches (76 centimeters) deep
36 inches (91 centimeters) wide
74 inches (188 centimeters) high from top of table
Please note: a standard 4ft display board will fit nicely in this space.
Not Allowed at display:
- Living organisms-plants or animals or dead parts of animals or plants (processed plant materials are allowed as part of the display)
- Any Liquids
- Dirt, soil, bark chips or sand
- Aerosol bottles or other pressurized gases
- Open top batteries
- Hazardous substances or devises including lasers
- Sharp items
- Flames or highly flammable items
- Any human or animal food
Basically if it can spill, hurt or cause an allergic reaction it is not allowed.
Acknowledgments to specific people or organizations or School names are not allowed either – this means NO LOGOS or names of companies.
Allowed with restrictions:
Photographs- you must have permission to post a person’s picture or make the person unidentifiable. You must also list the primary source of any photographs. If you are using pictures obtained from the internet, make sure to list the actual url, not a site that gathers images.
Electricity- due to limited electrical outlets, Intel NWSE will require requests be submitted to ask for electricity. Electricity should only be requested to demonstrate a key component of the project. Requests to power lighting or PowerPoint presentations will be denied. Be aware that many times asking for electricity means you will not be with the rest of your category.