A science fair exhibit should consist of:

  • A rigid, attractive backdrop
  • Information on the project on the backdrop
  • The apparatus used in the project (if possible)
  • A log book of observations with summary

and should fit a table or floor space not to exceed a width of 120 cm, height of 250 cm, and depth of 80 cm.


Panels of cardboard, plywood or masonite, folded or hinged together, make a rigid backdrop. The panels may be framed to increase their strength. Note that a notched title board is an ingenious way of locking the side panel together as well as providing an attractive way on entitling the exhibit.

Display Layout


Suggested organization of information on backdrop is shown on the right. The information on the backdrop should be printed so that it is readable at a distance of two meters. The entire exhibit can be made very attractive by painting the backdrop and bordering the information sheets in coloured paper.


If possible, the equipment used in the experiment should be displayed. Judges are particularly interested in equipment which the entrant has constructed. It is important that no information on the backdrop be obscured by the equipment.

Log Book

All results and observations should be carefully and neatly recorded in a log book which should be exhibited as part of the project. Your log book should be exhibited as part of the project. Your log book should summarize your project and also be a diary of observations. It should be concise and comprehensive.