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The Steps of a Science Fair Project

1. Observation 2. Question 3. Hypothesis 4. Method
5. Result 6. Conclusion 7. Presentation  

How to prepare a winning presentation.

  • Prepare a POSTER to give your audience a quick overview of the question you asked, the method you used, the result you got and the conclusion you came to.
  • Draw charts, diagrams or illustrations to explain your question, methods and results. A neat and organized poster will obviously communicate your work better than a sloppy, disorganized one.
  • Standardized cardboard display boards can be purchased, or you can make your own. Your entire display should not exceed three feet in width.
  • Parents, resist the temptation to do this for your kids or improve on their abilities. The judges know what a second grader's handwriting- and reasoning- looks like. They are interested in what the student discovered, and whether the student did their best.
  • Your NOTEBOOK is an important part of your presentation- it will fill in the nitty- gritty details which would be too much for your audience to take in on the poster. Make sure it is complete and the information in it is clear. Display it with your poster for those who want to know more about your project than the bare bones.
  • DEMONSTRATION MATERIALS which illustrate a scientific principle, equipment or materials used, or enable others to retrace your steps "hands-on" will make an exhibit more interesting and help others understand your discovery. Such materials should be placed in front of your backdrop display.If your experiment involves animals, dangerous chemicals or valuable equipment, take photographs to illustrate your work instead. Exhibits will be left in the hall overnight and examined by many other students and their families.
  • You will not want to risk damage or loss to yourself or others. Exhibit items should present no hazards to observers who may view the display.
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