4. Displaying Your Project

Scientists have to publish their work, and so do you! Despite all the hard work you’ve done, your project isn’t finished until people see your results. This MAY include…

Whatever method your teacher or science fair has chosen, you should find some helpful advice in the following sites.

Graphs

If your project involves counting or measuring anything — and science usually does — then your results will have a lot of numbers. No matter what kind of numbers you have, it’s easier to make sense of them if you use graphs to present your data.

Create a Graph
http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx
If you don’t have access to a spreadsheet program, don’t worry! At this site, you can enter your data, choose a graph type, and print it out.

Handling Data - Representing Data
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/maths/handling_data/rep_data_1_intro.shtml
Learn how to show data with charts and graphs. (From the Children's BBC Bitesize page for KS3.)

Interactivate: Pie Chart
http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/piechart/
Get practice at creating and changing a pie chart and other charts. (From the Computational Science Education Reference Desk (CSERD), a Pathways project of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL).)

Using Data and Statistics
http://www.mathleague.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=69%3Adataandstatistics&catid=31%3Ageneral&Itemid=1
Learn about charts and graphs. (From the Math League Press.)

Writing a Report

Chemistry.About.com: Writing a Science Project Report
http://chemistry.about.com/library/weekly/aa121002d.htm
Tell yous what your report needs — a title, purpose, hypothesis, results, and conclusion — and how to do it.

USDA Agriculture in the Classroom
http://www.agclassroom.org/kids/science_biblio.htm
When you write up the report on your project, you’ll need to list the sources you read when you researched your topic (the bibliography). This site will tell you how to do this right.

Preparing a Display

Connecticut Science Fair
http://www.ctsciencefair.org/2010/winning-displays-the-easy-way
Find out what you should put on your poster display – and what doesn’t belong. Be sure to click on "Helpful Articles" to find out what "Judging Pet Peeves" you should avoid.

Make a Science Fair Poster or Display
http://chemistry.about.com/od/sciencefairprojects/a/scienceposter.htm
Learn how to make a backboard display and how to be prepared for the day you display it at the fair.

Presenting Your Project

The Science Fair Judging Sheet
http://sciencefairproject.virtualave.net/judging_sheet.htm
It always helps to know what the judges want, so check out a sample judging sheet! Even if your judges’ sheets are a little different, they’ll look for some of the same things you’ll see here.

Twin Groves: Oral Presentation
http://www.district96.k12.il.us/TG/ScienceInternet/ScienceFair.html
Good, simple advice on what you should say about your project, how to prepare your oral presentation, and how to perform well in front of the judges.