Visual display

The display forms a vital part of your 3 project elements

The display forms a vital part of your 3 project elements. Your display can only be a summary of your project. Do not try to display your entire project. Cover just the main points and highlights. Plan your display well in advance.

Use a map or plan to help you make the best use of your space. Work out the dimensions of everything you want to include. How your project is displayed on your stand will be taken into consideration by the judges when reaching their decision.

Your charts or other display material should fit within your project space. The dimensions of the display stand are as follows: the back display panel is A0 landscape format which is 1189mm wide by 841mm high and the worktop is 1200mm wide by 600mm deep. Please plan your exhibit to fit within these dimensions. Cardboard sheets, sized to fit the back panels, will be available on site if required.

When you are finalising the planning of your display, stand back for a minute and ask yourself: Will the judges and visitors be able to move smoothly through my project… step by step… from background on to methods and from there to results and conclusions? Is the text big enough to be easily read by both the judges and the public?

Helpful hints for a good display

1. A good title

Your title is an extremely important attention-grabber. A good title should simply and accurately present your research. The title should make the casual observer want to know more.

2. Take photographs

Many projects involve elements that may not be safely exhibited at the Exhibition, but are an important part of the project. You might want to take photographs of important parts/phases of your experiment to use in your display. Photographs or other visual images of human test subjects must have informed consent.

3. Be organised

Make sure your display is logically presented and easy to read. A glance should permit anyone (particularly the judges) to locate quickly the title, experiments, results and conclusions. When you arrange your display, imagine that you are seeing it for the first time.

4. Eye-catching

Make your display stand out. Use neat, colourful headings, charts, and graphs to present your project. Homebuilt equipment, construction paper and coloured markers are excellent for project displays. Pay special attention to the labelling of graphs, charts, diagrams and tables. Each item must have a descriptive title. Anyone should be able to understand the visuals without further explanation. Make sure that the text is large enough to be read easily.

5. Correctly presented and well constructed

Be sure to adhere to the size limitations and safety considerations when preparing your display. Display all required forms for your project. Make sure your display is sturdy, as it will need to remain intact for quite a while. Do not hesitate to ask for advice from adults if you need it. It is very important to check the spelling!

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