Science Fair Board Tutorial

Get the Kit: In this tutorial, we show you how to easily create a presentation board for a Science Fair or Experiment Report. We will be using our printable Science Fair kit, which you can purchase here. The kit is digital, you download and print it right now! (Yep, no waiting for shipping or driving to the store ;)

Project Ideas: The tutorial covers how to decorate the board, but not the experiment and research, this is up to you depending on your assignment. We will show you how to take your work and make it look great! We've collected some great ideas for kid friendly science experiments on our Pinterest board here if you are still looking for a project.


Pieces Included in Kit:

  1. Title
  2. Subtitle
  3. Alphabet + Scientific Method Headings
  4. Writing Template (lined, unlined)
  5. Half Page Writing Template
  6. Caption Card
  7. Borders
  8. Photo Frame
  9. Photo Corners
  10. Icons

types of pieces included in Science Fair printable kit


Papers and Supplies needed to make a Science Fair Presentation Board laid out on white

Supplies to Gather:

  1. Printed Kit
  2. Assignment (from your school)
  3. Rough Draft
  4. Photos, Charts, or Other Images
  5. Poster Board (any size)
  6. Scissors
  7. Glue Stick
  8. Pencil or Pen
  9. Sticky Notes (or scratch paper)

Steps

1) Print

  • Download your kit files & print on regular printer paper. Print at home, work, or a copy shop.
  • If you need more pieces, just print more pages! Science experiment boards often use a lot of titles, captions and half sheet writing templates - we think we've included enough but you can always print more if your board is very large. 
  • You'll need to estimate the number of writing templates your project requires. 
    • If you plan to hand write your report, print the lined templates. 
    • If you plan to type, print the blank unlined templates (in a later step we’ll run them through the printer a second time to add the words).


2) Cut
  • Cut out just 1-3 of type of each type of piece from the kit. You probably won’t need every piece, so it saves time to cut just a few to work with.
  • As you go, cut more pieces only as needed.
  • If you are using a large, trifold board for your science fair project, cut out extra border pieces.  


3) Borders

  • Align the borders with edge of your board, and glue.
  • Borders are the only pieces you should glue to your board before the last step, since you know for sure where they go. (If you want to put them somewhere else besides the edge of your board, wait to glue just in case)
  • Tip - It is easiest to just overlap the borders at the corners of your board, and wrap the extra around the back.


4) Pile

Plan Your Sections

  • Decide which sections you want to divide your board into. For a Science Fair poster, the sections usually correspond to each step in the scientific method. Check your assignment to see if certain sections are required.
  • Write each section header on a sticky note. 

Divide Your Report Into Sections

  • Divide up your rough draft and image pieces into piles by the sections you want to have on your board. Label with each pile with a sticky note. It can help to cut up your rough draft.
  • Don’t worry about the kit pieces yet. Just work with your report content for this step.
  • Double check your assignment, do you have everything that was required?


5) Pair

Now we will start to pair your report content with decorative pieces from the kit. Keep the piles you made by section together as you work. 

  • Sticky notes 
    • Pair each sticky note with a title or subtitle piece. 
    • You will probably want to add your experiment main title and a title with your name.
  • Rough draft
    • Pair each rough draft piece with a writing template, depending on the amount of writing. 
    • Full Size Writing Templates - these work well for areas with a lot of writing, like the conclusion. 
    • Half Page Writing Templates - works well for hypothesis, materials and sections with bulleted lists. 
    • Caption Cards - good for any captions under charts and diagrams, and steps in your procedure. 
  • Images
    • Photo frames - pair rectangular images with photo frames (its easiest to just put your image it on top of the "frame", don't bother cutting out the middle).
    • Odd shaped images? Don’t worry. We will decorate these later with photo corners.


6) Plan

  • Start laying out your pieces on your board to get an idea of how you want to arrange your pieces.
  • Usually on a Science Fair board, the layout follows the steps of the scientific method from left to right as shown in the picture below. 
  • Don’t worry if there is a lot of empty space - we have tricks to fill that up later.
  • Tip - It looks best to arrange the largest pieces near the bottom of the board. 


7) Title

Now, lets put together nice section headers for each of those sticky notes you wrote. 

  • Pre-Written Titles - The alphabet includes the steps of the scientific method, already written out to save time.
  • Custom Titles - You may want to make custom titles as well (for your experiment main title and your own name for example) 
    • Cut letters from the alphabet. It is easiest to cut out only the ones you need so the rest stay organized. 
    • Arrange the letters on the title to spell the word. 
    • Once you are happy with the arrangement, pick each letter up, one by one, and glue it to the title. 
    • It is fine to glue the letter to the title at this step, but it is bet to wait before gluing the title to your poster. 


8) Hand Write

  • If you are handwriting your report, just copy your rough draft onto the writing templates, half pages and caption cards.
  • Double check if your assignment requires pencil, pen, or needs to be typed. 
  • Tip - To type skip to next step. (Half pages and captions can’t be typed)


9) or Type

Follow these steps to type your report: 

  • Take one of the blank writing templates that you printed in step 1. Use a ruler to measure from edge of the paper into the inside of the colored border (this distance will vary a little depending on each customer's printer settings).
  • Set the margins of your word processor inside the borders measured. 
  • Print a test page of your type on regular paper. Stack the test type sheet on top of the blank border template. Hold up both sheets to a window or light source. You will be able to see if the words are lining up inside the borders.
  • Mind the way your printer feeds, all printers are different and some flip the paper over or output prints upside down. To test how your printer feeds paper, mark an X at the top edge of a piece of paper and print a test page from your report.  Note where the X ends up on your sheet.
  • When you are ready, load the writing templates with the borders you printed in step 1 into your printer, and print to add your text. 


10) Photo Corners

  • Oddly sized images or diagrams that don’t fit well on the photo frames can be embellished with photo corners instead.
  • Just place one photo corner on top of each of the corners of the image. This is an easy way to make images look nice and finished.


11) Icons

  • Use the icons to fill in any spaces that look too empty. The kit includes a variety of science themed icons to add interest and color to your report. 
  • Icons add interest and color, an easy trick to make your report look full and complete.


12) Ok, now you can GLUE!

  • Make sure you have all the pieces arranged the way you like them. 
  • If you can, take a quick picture before you start to glue, so you can remember just in case things move (or your cat runs across you table).
  • Pick up each piece one at a time (so you don’t forget where it goes) and use a glue stick to glue it to your board.
  • Admire your work! If you post your project on social media, tag us and we'll feature you on our feed ;)