Displaying Your Science Fair Project

The project should attract and inform, be easy to assess the study and results and make the most use of space with clear and concise displays.

Displays must conform to the official Canada-Wide Science Fair maximum size restrictions: 1.2m wide, 0.8m deep, 3.5m high from the floor.

The display should include headings that stand out, posters containing written material and charts, clearly drawn and correctly labeled graphs and diagrams and some of the apparatus used so that key aspects of the project can be demonstrated.

Fair Display Board Schematic

Backboards are an essential element for display of projects. Materials for backboards and title boards should be fire resistant if possible. Suggested materials include Sintra, InteFoam, Flame Out, metal, plexiglass or acrylic, wood and wood products (OSB, plywood, MDF, etc.), and other UL-94 approved synthetic materials. Additional backboard suggestions:

  • Air pockets should not be left behind any paper used to decorate the board
  • Overlapping sheets of paper that have to be moved to be read should not be used
  • Panels may be painted with any common paint
  • Peg board allows flexibility for arranging 3D exhibits
  • Your title should be simple and represent your research accurately
  • If elements of your project cannot be safely exhibited at the Science Fair, incorporate photographs of important phases of your experiment to use in your display
  • Your display should be presented logically and be easy to read. When you arrange your display, imagine you are seeing it for the first time
  • Make your display stand out. Use neat, colourful headings, charts and graphs.
  • Homemade equipment, construction paper, and coloured markers are excellent for project displays. Pay special attention to the labeling of graphs, charts, diagrams and tables.
  • Make sure your display is sturdy