How to Set Up a Tri Fold Board for a Science Fair

Write legibly to ensure that the wording on the tri-fold can be read.

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.

  • Tri-fold board
  • Colored construction paper
  • Sharpie
  • Colored markers
  • Photographs
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Pencil

1 Design the Board Layout

2 Organize the board segments

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.

3 Add pictures

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

4 Make the wording

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

5 Add Accessories to the Board

6 Place the science

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.

7 Create a model

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

8 Posted

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

Based in Virginia, Kevin M. Jackson has been writing professionally since 2003. He is the author of the books "Life Lessons for My Sons" and "When GOD Speaks." Jackson holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Savannah State University and a Master of Arts in urban education from Norfolk State University.