Display Guidelines

Before planning your display, be sure to carefully review the rules for project displays. Make your display a creative visual summary of your entire project. How you display your invention—the color scheme, graphics, pictures, lettering, etc.—are all important because your display will serve as a "silent" salesperson for your project. See "Photograph Display Restrictions” below regarding photographs. Make sure to note on your application if you will need electricity, otherwise your invention may not be near a source of electricity on the day of the Showcase.
Everything associated with your display must fit into the space allocated for your project, which is 76cm (30in.) deep x 122cm (48in.) wide x 274cm (108in.) high if floor mounted. 0nly use floor mounted projects for extra tall/heavy display boards and/or equipment. If table mounted, the height limit is 198cm (78in.); width and depth remain the same. Most display boards are constructed of plywood or foam core. Please think carefully about using expensive equipment, such as computers. The Museum is not responsible for lost or broken equipment.

Display Rules and Safety Regulations

  • The exhibit must be set up at the assigned location.
  • The name of the student, teacher, or district must not be a visible part of the display.
  • The inventor is responsible for the set-up of his/her own exhibit.
  • No radios, TVs, tape players, or other sound transmitting devices may be played unless the sound transmitted by the devices is used as part of the invention.
  • Laser pointers, except as a part of the invention, are not allowed.
  • Inventor's Logs should be available at the display for review by judges.
  • The following items are NOT allowed to be part of the display:
  • Live animals, including vertebrate and invertebrates
  • Live cultures of microorganisms or fungi (including molds)
  • Poisonous plants
  • Taxidermy specimens or parts
  • Preserved vertebrate and invertebrate specimens or parts
  • human/animal parts (exceptions: teeth, hair, nails, dried animal bones, histological sections, and sealed wet mount tissue)
  • Other potentially hazardous biological agents
  • Open flame
  • Flammable liquids (ex. Gasoline)
  • Flammable gasses (ex. Propane cylinders)
  • Poisons
  • Hazardous chemicals and materials
  • Radioactive materials
  • Class III or IV lasers (anything stronger than a laser pointer)
  • Prescription medication
  • DEA-controlled substances, tobacco products, and alcoholic beverages
  • Firearms, explosives, and other weapons
  • offensive audio/visual displays

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