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Old 02-19-2006, 06:27 AM
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Question Higher Science Fairs!

At higher fairs at regionals and beyond, do judges care more about the looks of the poster or the quality of the work?

And what are the most competitive categories?
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Can someone please give me an answer?
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Old 02-20-2006, 11:05 AM
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Cool What to expect at bigger fairs

I can only speak from the perspective of a mom who has had children make it to the large regional fairs- These higher fairs are gernerally much larger than your local fair and the competition is definitely tougher (obviously since all the kids you are competing against have already won at their local fair). If you have an oportunity to "polish" your board before the fair and make it better, it is certainly worth your effort. Make sure, more than anything, that your board accurately reflects the "story" of your project. Since the board does all your talking before the judges ever get to meet you, you want to make the best possible impression. Is your font clear enough to be easily read (old people do not want to squint!)? Do you have visuals like graphs that are clearly understandable even for someone who isn't a judge? Is it nice to look at? Sometimes boards are way too busy- the judges have a limited amount of time to look at each project so use your space wisely- they can always look at your lab book for the little details of ask you for more info but every little minute details does not have to be on the board. Just the important stuff! A color "theme" is appealing to look at and will draw attention to your board- stick to 2-3 coordinating colors and use some graphics or photos to make it more interesting. Well, that was probably more info than you needed but I hope it helped!
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I think that judges care about both the quilety of the work and about the looks of the poster. Also i want to say Jillybean is totally right.
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At higher fairs at regionals and beyond, do judges care more about the looks of the poster or the quality of the work?

And what are the most competitive categories?
Both. Simple as that. Judges have a first impression by your poster, but at higher fairs, judges WILL READ what you have. The first impression could get worse or better by the quality of the work. Of course, always have substance over style. So if you have fantastic work, the a bad poster won't hurt as much (but would still hurt.)

Most competitive categories? At higher levels, everything is competitive. But if one's talking about laboratory work in a professional lab doing professional work, biology, cause there are more medical research centers than anything else. And the field of biology is expanding at an incredible rate.
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Lightbulb umm it really depends...

ok, ive done science fair for three stressful years, and ive come to the conclusion that it really depends on the judges, like some of them dont care about anything but the board for some reason and others are really strict and they barely even glance at it, so my best advice is to spend alot of time in both areas so ur safe
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Okay look they want you to be confident so speak loud and clear and don't studder on words.Make sure you can show every part of your project in a respected form.Oh and make sure your board is organized don't worry it'll be all good.
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