Display of Project


  1. An identified problem or question for which the student has designed an experiment to test an hypothesis.

  2. A detailed research report (five of the ten points possible under “Use of Scientific Method” are awarded for the research paper), which includes:

      • Title page
      • Table of contents
      • Abstract (250 words or fewer)
      • Introduction (background, problem and hypothesis to be investigated)
      • Methods and materials used to study problem
      • Results, including an analysis of collected data (including graphs, tables, and diagrams) to illustrate investigation
      • Discussion, including conclusions and implications for further research
      • References
  3. A table-top display, totally self-supporting, is expected (maximum of 3 feet wide and 7 feet from the floor). Use data tables, diagrams charts, photographs and graphs on posters. Scientific equipment and supplies, other apparatus or research paraphernalia are not permitted at a display. Log books are expected. Battery-powered computers may be used only for simulation or animation integral and essential to the project results or data display and not for general PowerPoint presentations. Free-standing floor exhibits are not permitted. Electric will not be provided for projects. Display should include the following:

      • Title
      • Abstract
      • Background information (including objective, problem, and hypothesis)
      • Experimental Design (methods and materials)
      • Results including tables and graphs of data
      • Discusion/Conclusions
      • Technical Report
      • Logbook, research plan and protocols/forms
      • Photographs of equipment, samples or other items from your experiment (please display only photographs or drawings, not the actual equipment or samples.

      Example of Display Board

      More About the Abstract:

      The exhibitor(s) must display an abstract containing no more than 250 words. A heading must contain the project title and name(s) of the author(s). The heading does not contribute to the word count. The purpose of the abstract is to provide a summary of your project that will inform interested individuals of the contents. The wording must be written in a manner that any scientifically minded individual, who may not be familiar with your topic, can understand the project’s important points.

      In your abstract, do not be concerned with including all of the details. The key point to remember when writing an abstract is to keep the wording brief and concise, using complete sentences. Abstracts should only provide necessary information needed to understand the project’s basic point and importance.

      For additional information, please visit the Ohio Academy of Science website at www.ohiosci.org.

      Items Allowed at Project with the Restrictions Indicated:

      • Posters should display an abstract, data tables, diagrams, charts, photographs and graphs. Project logbooks, research reports, research plans and documentation of research protocols are expected and may be in notebooks or folders on the table.
      • Information such as postal, web and email addresses, telephone and fax numbers are allowed for the exhibitor only.
      • The only photographs or visual depictions of identifiable or recognizable people allowed are photographs of the exhibitor, photographs taken by the exhibitor (with permission of individuals received), or photographs for which credit is displayed (such as from magazines, newspapers, journals, etc.). Battery-powered computers may be used only for simulation, modeling, animation or data display integral and essential to the project results and not for general PowerPoint™ presentations.

      Items NOT ALLOWED at Project Display:

      • Scientific equipment and supplies, other apparatus or research paraphernalia are not permitted at a display at District or State Science Days.
      • Living organisms, including plants. Petri dishes or culture tubes with living or dead cultures are NOT permitted.
      • Taxidermy specimens or parts.
      • Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals.
      • Human or animal food.
      • Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine) (NO Exceptions for teeth, hair, nails, dried animal bones, histological dry mount sections, and completely sealed wet mount tissue slides)
      • Free-standing floor exhibits are not permitted.
      • Plant materials raw, unprocessed, living, dead, or preserved. Petri dishes or culture tubes with living or dead cultures are NOT permitted (Exception: Commercial wood used in building the display or paper in reports.)
      • Laboratory/household chemicals including water (Exceptions: Sealed bottled water for human consumption.).
      • Poisons, drugs, controlled substances, hazardous substances or devices (for example, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, pyrotechnics and explosives).
      • Dry ice or other sublimating solids.
      • All glassware is forbidden (No exception for plastic lab ware).
      • Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes, knives).
      • Flames or highly flammable materials.
      • Batteries with open-top cells.
      • Awards, medals, flags, etc. (Exceptions: Academy membership or State Science Day lapel pins).
      • Empty tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases.
      • Any apparatus with belts, pulleys, chains or moving parts.
      • Lasers of any type.
      • Large vacuum tubes or dangerous ray-generation devices (Exceptions:  computer monitors on battery-operated notebook computers).
      • Pressurized tanks that contain combustibles or non-combustibles.
      • Any apparatus producing heat above room temperature (e.g., heat lamp, hotplates, Bunsen burner).
      • Soil, waste, or plant samples even if permanently encased in a slab of acrylic.