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Science Fair Shopping List

Students should start a shopping list as soon as they have chosen a topic. The same stores may stock items they'll need for their investigation/invention as well as for their final display, so they should consolidate lists and trips to save time and gas. (This will also make their parents happy, which is important.)

Display boards should be purchased early. That way, students will be able to easily visualize the amount of room they'll have for text, photos, charts, graphs, etc. While they're at it, they should shop for other items they'll need come production time: colored construction paper and heavyweight computer printer paper; various tape, glue stick, and mounting products for various stages of layout and model building (one size does not fit all!); and all the tools they'll need to measure, cut, paste, and create a professional-looking display.

  • Tri-fold display board
  • Display board header (optional accessory)
  • Permanant Markers with bold and medium tips
  • Colored construction paper
  • White computer printer paper (heavier cover stock is best)
  • Notebook
  • White correction fluid


  • 36x48 Tri-Fold Corrugate Display Board
  • 36x48 Tri-Fold Foam Display Board White
  • 36x48 Guide-Line ® Tri-Fold Foam Display Board White
  • Mini Corrugate Tri-Fold Display Board
  • Mini Guide-Line ® Tri-Fold Foam Display Board


  • 10"x36" Single Ply Header Card White
  • Board Mate ® Science Fair Project Titles
  • Board Mate ® Jumbo Paper Letters Black
  • Board Mate ® Paper Letters and Numbers Black
  • Board Mate ® Paper Letters & Numbers Brights
  • Board Mate ® Jumbo Permanent Markers
  • Board Mate ® Repositionable Borders
  • Board Mate ® Reusable Plastic Stencils
  • Board Mate ® Bright Sticker Letters and Numbers
  • Board Mate ® Assorted Color Sticker Shapes
  • Board Mate ® Paper Letters and Numbers Holographic


  • Rubber Cement
  • Board Mate ® Extra Strength Glue Stick
  • Board Mate ® Dual Tip Glue Pen
  • Board Mate ® Foam Mounting Tape
  • Board Mate ® Extra Strength Spray Adhesive

Cutting Tools:

  • #1 Precision Knife
  • X-Acto Foam Board Cutter

For the Science Fair:

  • Tablecloth to place under display board. (A simple piece of inexpensive fabric in a bright color that complements the colors on your board; stay away from busy patterns.)
  • Supply kit (Fill a shoe box with any items you might need for emergency repairs: tape, glue, glue sticks, markers, pencils and pens, extra construction paper, scissors, paper cutter, correction fluid, etc.)
  • Science reference book (In case anyone asks you a question you can't answer, you can look it up after!)

Note: While choosing a topic and testable question, keep required materials, equipment and supplies in mind. Some might be available at school; others may be purchased at online and specialty stores. Based on your family budget, this may factor into your decision making. Here are some sample items for miscellaneous projects:

Safety supplies:

  • Safety goggles
  • Eyewash
  • Latex gloves
  • Apron
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First-aid kit

For making models:

  • Modeling clay
  • Foam board
  • Recycled cardboard and household items

Science experiment supplies:

  • Petri dishes
  • Litmus paper
  • PH test paper
  • Test tubes and racks
  • Funnel
  • Magnifying glass
  • Balances and scales
  • Thermometers
  • Water and soil test kits (test for pH, nitrogen, etc)
  • Acid rain testing kit

Where to buy: