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Getting a Winning Look, Your Visual Display

Presentation and Construction
Be sure to adhere to the specific size limitations and safety rules. Presentation boards can be purchased at a local office supply store. Your board may not exceed the following:
  • Width: 36" (122 cm)
  • Depth: 30" (76 cm)
  • Height: 78" (198 cm) for tabletop exhibits, 108" (274 cm) for floor exhibits. Note: Please inform the PRSEF office of floor exhibits (exhibits that sit on the floor not on a table) prior to PRSEF. Also, there are some areas within Heinz Field with low ceiling. Please plan accordingly.
  • Weight: no more than 250 lbs. All exhibits exceeding 100 lbs. must be mounted on a dolly with rubber casters. Oversized exhibits will be disqualified.
  • All exhibits must be freestanding (no wall mounts).
  • Students must set-up their project displays. Heavy wooden, double-stacked, plastic or metal display boards are not recommended.
  • Make sure your display is sturdy. It must remain intact for two days.
  • Include only the current year's work.
  • Contents should include: title, purpose, hypothesis, procedure, results, conclusion. Project data books, abstracts, and research papers are not required, but recommended. (Judges evaluate your research, any three-dimensional objects displayed are incidental.)
  • Ask adults for advice when needed.
  • Your goal is to make the observer want to know more. Make it easy for interested spectators and judges to assess your study and the results. Make the most of your space using clear and concise elements. Headings should stand out. Draw graphs and diagrams clearly and label them correctly.
Safety
"When in doubt, do without."

Leave glassware and chemicals at home.

Do not bring..
  1. Living organisms, including plants
  2. Taxidermy specimens or parts
  3. Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
  4. Human or animal food
  5. Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine)
  6. Plant materials (living, dead, or preserved) which are in their raw, unprocessed, or non-manufactured state (Exception: manufactured construction materials used in building the project or display)
  7. Laboratory/household chemicals including water (Exceptions: water integral to an enclosed apparatus)
  8. Poisons, drugs, controlled substances, hazardous substances or devices (for example, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices)
  9. Dry ice or other sublimating solids
  10. Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)
  11. Flames or highly flammable materials
  12. Batteries with open-top cells
  13. Awards, medals, business cards, flags, endorsements and/or acknowledgments (graphic or written) unless the item(s) are an integral part of the project
  14. Photographs or other visual presentations depicting vertebrate animals in surgical techniques, dissections, necropsies, or other lab procedures
  15. Active Internet or e-mail connections as part of displaying or operating the project
  16. Glass or glass objects (Exception: glass that is an integral part of a commercial product such as a computer screen)
  17. Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee, Chief Inspector or PRSEF personnel will be removed during the Inspection Process. Please call the PRSEF office at 412.237.1534 with any questions.


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