Science & Technology in Action

14th Edition

The Visual Display

BT Young Scientist & Technology

Agricultural Science
Jnr Science Cert
The Visual Display is one of the three main elements of a BTYSTE project, the others being the Project Diary and the Report Book. The Visual Display is a vital part of the project presentation. It should be designed to offer an attractive summary of the project illustrating the project’s rationale, the question being investigated and the main findings.

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In this lesson we discuss three elements of your project entry, the project diary, the project book and the visual display. You will see when you log into the BTYSTE website that these elements are deemed to be the ‘three main elements’. Our main focus here is on the visual display. This is how you reveal your project to hundreds of visitors who will attend and, most importantly, the judges who will critique every aspect of it.

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The Project Diary

As the name implies a day to day record indicating how the project is developing must be maintained. It should identify all information sources used including people and organisations you have consulted. If there are other comments that will be helpful, they should also be recorded in the Project Diary in case they are forgotten. This information is important because it is the source you use to write the critical final report.

    • Title: a page that shows the title of the project and the names of the school and student(s) involved.

    • Comments: a page that may be used by a judge

    • Contents: this page lists the section titles and page numbers of the report

    • Summary/Abstract: a section about two pages long containing a short summary of the project

    • Introduction: this should set the scene for your report. Why did you do the project? What did you hope to achieve and how did you go about it?

    • Experimental methods: this section should describe the experiments you carried out. Keep in mind the value of diagrams and illustrations.

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