Display Guidelines

All science projects MUST comply with the Science Exhibit Rules and the Science Display Guidelines.


Exhibit Size

K-2 Class

Standard size exhibit – Exhibit not to exceed 65 cm (25″) in width, 60 cm (2′) in depth, and 120 cm (4′) in height. (Commercially purchased exhibit boards usually correspond to these dimensions). Electricity is NOT available.

Grades K-8

Standard size exhibit – Exhibit not to exceed 65 cm (25″) in width, 60 cm (2′) in depth, and 120 cm (4′) in height. (Commercially purchased exhibit boards usually correspond to these dimensions). Electricity is NOT available.


Not Allowed At Exhibit:

Animals

  • Living organisms
  • Taxidermy specimens or parts
  • Preserved vertebrates or invertebrates
  • Human/animal parts or body fluids
  • Photos or other visual presentations depicting vertebrates in surgical techniques, dissections, necropsies, or other lab procedures

Plants

  •  Living plants
  •  Plant materials (living, dead or preserved) in their raw, unprocessed or non-manufactured state.

Miscellaneous

  • Human or animal food
  • Laboratory/household chemicals, including water
  • Poisons, drugs, controlled substances, hazardous substances or devices (Examples: firearms, weapons, tobacco products and enriched radioactive materials.)
  • Dry ice or other sublimating solids
  • Sharp items (Example: knives)
  • Flames or highly flammable materials
  • Batteries with open-top cells
  • Awards, medals, business cards, flags, endorsements, and/or other acknowledgements (graphic or written) unless the item is an integral part of the exhibit.
  • Active Internet or e-mail connections as part of displaying or operating the exhibit.
  • Glass or glass objects unless deemed by the Science Director to be an integral part of the exhibit.
  • Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee or the Science Director.  (Example: lasers, large vacuum tubes, or empty tanks previously containing combustibles)

Allowed At Exhibit (with Restrictions):

  • Soil or waste samples if permanently encased in a slab of acrylic
  • Photos and/or other visual depictions if:
    • Deemed non-offensive by the Science Director
    • Credited sources (“Photograph taken by…” or “Images taken from…”) are attached.  If all images are from a single source, one credit is sufficient.
    • Signed consent forms for photographs of human subjects are included at the exhibit.
  • Electrical devices or any apparatus with unshielded belts, pulleys, chains or moving parts with tension points MUST be INOPERABLE AND FOR DISPLAY ONLY.
  • Nature collections must be sealed behind acrylic making the materials inaccessible to the public.  (Plastic wrap is NOT good enough.)
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