The tri-fold board is essential for a science fair project. Judges should be able to determine what sparked the idea for the project by reading the question and problem. The tri-fold board should be a guided tour of how the experiment was conducted. Pictures help the judges to understand what was done, how it was done and what the final results were.

Design the Board Layout

Organize the board segments so that the information flows in a logical manner. For example, the left-hand section of the tri-fold board should have the question, hypothesis and procedures. The second section should have the project title and abstract. The third section should have data collected, graphs and a conclusion.

Add pictures that create a story of what took place before, during and after the experiment.

Make the wording on the tri-fold large enough for the judges to read.

Add Accessories to the Board

Place the science fair notebook on the table in front of the tri-fold so that the judges can review a day-by-day account of how the experiment was conducted.

Create a model that is associated with the project. Models help enhance the visual presentation of the tri-fold board.

Place colored construction paper behind documents posted on the board to bring out color and distinction between the different components.