Ideas for display boards

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Ideas for display boards
Jazz up your display board with some basic design ideas. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Display boards are typically used in science fairs and school presentations as a visual way to demonstrate your project or research. Display boards should all contain some basic information: the title of your project, your hypothesis, research on the topic, the steps in the experiment, your data and your conclusion. Make your display board more interesting and flashy by integrating some basic design ideas.

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Use Flashy Color

There's no better way to get your display board noticed among a sea of others than by using bright and interesting colours. Instead of simply printing out text and gluing to the board, glue each piece of text onto a piece of construction paper of a different colour, leaving enough room for a large and colourful border. Alternatively, paint a large border on the edges of your display board.

Display Data Creatively

Make your findings easy to understand and fun to examine. If your project yields quantitative results, don't simply list the numbers in a chart. Instead, use a bar graph or a pie chart, depending on what is most appropriate for your project. Use coloured markers or paints to add life to your table. Even if you are simply listing the steps of your research, accompany each step with a drawing that illustrates the activity being described.

Use Photographs

Photographs are particularly useful if you are describing an activity or experiment that you cannot reproduce as part of your display. Take pictures of your project and arrange them in an order that makes sense on your notice board. Even without a camera, you can download free pictures from the Internet to give your audience a sense of the experiment or project you undertook. Try a site such as

Make Your Display Interactive

The best way to attract viewers to your display board is to give them a hands-on experience. Set up a model or activity as part of your display board. If you are displaying a science project on which liquid helps plants grow the fastest, set up a display where people can taste the liquids for themselves, as long as they are all made for human consumption.

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