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Microsoft Power Point for Windows 95
“Nuts and Bolts”, A Matter of Fact Guide To Science Fair Projects,
Barry A. Van Deman and Ed Mcdonald
“How To Make Your Science Fair Project Scientific”, Thomas Moorman
Richard Sunberg and Dr. Sheri Hunt
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Science Fair Poster
• Each slide in this presentation may be used
as a separate 8.5 by 11 sheet for individual
areas of the overall poster such as: Title,
Summary, Results etc.. These may be printed
on any ordinary deskjet or laser printer either
in black and white or color.
• At the end of this presentation there is a
master slide that shows all of the individual
slides. This single slide may be printed onto
roll 36 in. paper generating the entire science
fair poster with no need to paste the
individual slides. This may be done at a
printing place like Kinko’s. In black and white
it will cost ~$0.24/ linear inch. In color it may
cost as much as $150.00.
Tell the story of your poster in 2 or 3 sentences
including any numerical results.
• A good summary will get people interested in
looking at the rest of your poster.
• You may want to use bullet points as shown
here at the beginning of the sentence.
» This is another type of bullet point. It is another level
Hypothesis or Objective
The hypothesis is stated as the question you
were trying to answer.
The hypothesis is the most important part of
your science project.
The better you understand the question you are
trying to answer, the more likely it is that you
will do the right experiment to answer your
• This is where you can tell a little bit about the
problem you are trying to solve by answering
• Make sure you include where you got your
information. For example, did you get it from
a book, or the television or your parents?
• Explain anything that may help those looking
at your poster to understand why you asked
the question that you did in your hypothesis.
Materials and Methods
• Just like a cookbook recipe, you want to list
what your experiment is and how you did
» Make sure to include all of the ingredients.
• Don’t forget to give the details of how you
made your observations or collected your
» Did you need any special equipment? Did you have
to do something unusual, like poke a hole in a piece
of card board to observe what you saw? Why was it
important to design your experiment in the way that
• What kind of information did you gather to
answer your hypothesis?
» Is it a series of numbers? Chart or graph your data.
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click on it. To change the data in the
chart, double click on the chart, use the
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• Can you take a picture of the answer or your
» Put it into your poster as a scanned image.
Here is an example of a picture inserted into
the poster. This one is from clip art, but a
scanned image from your camera would also
• Don’t draw any conclusions in the results
section, just tell the data.
• What did you think about or observe during
the design, set-up and execution of your
• Did you see anything surprising or
• Give the details of the most important
measurement or data generating step.
• Is this work something you want to patent?
• Does your data make sense?
» For example, are the numbers too big or too small for
what you would expect? Did things happen too fast
or surprisingly slow? Did the temperature go as you
• Have you answered your hypothesis?
» What is the answer?
» If this experiment did not answer the question, then
explain why not.
• An important outcome of an experiment
should be an indication of what should be
done next. For example, should the
» Or have you designed your study so well that you
only need to write it up as it is.
Descriptive Title Here
Your Name Here
Summary Materials & Methods Discussion
Text description of project Experimental design - Tell about your thought
and the major result. have your laboratory process which led to
notebook with you for your results.
Objective Results Conclusions
North OK, you did all this work
Concise question that was 40
20 So what…?
Do the results make
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Information obtained from Here is an example of a
picture inserted into the
books, people, TV news poster. This one is from
etc. clip art, but a scanned What’s left to do?
image from your camera
Click “embed Truetype fonts” when would also work.
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