There are a variety of ways to create science fair boards. After reading the requirements provided by the science fair, one way to create a science fair board is to get a standard trifold cardboard poster, plan and organize the board's layout, and then create the sections.
- Read the science fair rules
Read and follow the science fair requirements. Science fairs can differ on allowed materials and board size.
- Get a cardboard trifold poster
The three-panel folding cardboard can be found at any location where school supplies are sold. The poster should not be wooden or flimsy.
- Plan and organize the poster's layout
Organize the science fair board into sections that match the organization of the report. Using a computer, print all text for sections in a font that is legible from a distance. To prevent running or smeared ink, use a laser printer. Organize the sections in a logical manner.
- Create a title
Create an accurate and descriptive title for the science fair project. Place the title on the board. Titles are often placed in the center top.
- Create a section for the purpose
The purpose section is also known as the background or introduction. Tell the reader the purpose of the experiment.
- Create a section for the hypothesis
Tell the reader the hypothesis of your project. Avoid using unnecessary words.
- Create a section for the materials and methods
List the materials used during the project. Describe the steps taken during the experiment. Pictures are good to include here.
- Create a section for data
Show information gathered from the procedure. Though not necessary, a table or graph is expected for this section.
- Create a section for the results
Show the significance of the information within the data section.
- Create a section for the conclusion
Using the information from the data and results, describe the comparison to the hypothesis. Answer whether or not the hypothesis is supported.
- Create a section for the references
Cite the references involved in the project. Some science fairs prefer the references printed out on a separate sheet of paper.