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How to Organize Your Science Fair Poster


Science Fair Project Poster
Science fair project posters typically consist of three columns of text and images.

Science fair project posters typically consist of three columns of text and images.

Todd Helmenstine

This is an example of how you can organize a three panel science fair project poster to clearly display your use of the scientific method for your project. Three panel folding poster boards are commonly available wherever school supplies are found.

  • Title
    The title should be an accurate description of the project. The title is usually centered at the top of the poster.


  • Pictures
    Try to include color photographs of your project, samples from the project, tables, and graphs.


  • Introduction and Purpose
    Sometimes this section is called 'Background'. This section introduces the topic of the project, explains your interest in the project, and states the purpose of the project.


  • The Hypothesis or Question
    Explicitly state your hypothesis or question.


  • Materials and Methods
    List the materials you used in your project and describe the procedure that you used to perform the project. If you have a photo or diagram of your project, this is a good place to include it.


  • Data and Results
    Data and Results are not the same thing. Data refers to the actual numbers or other information you obtained in your project. Data is often presented in a table or graph. The Results section explains what the data means.


  • Conclusion
    The Conclusion focuses on the Hypothesis or Question as it compares to the Data and Results. What was the answer to the question? Was the hypothesis supported? What did you find out from the experiment?


  • References
    You may need to cite references or provide a bibliography for your project. Reference may be cited on the posted or printed out and placed below the poster.

Following these steps can help you create a visually appealing science fair poster. Show off your science! 

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