10 Tips for Designing Your Heritage Fairs Project:
How your project looks is a very important part of your presentation! You have done a lot of research and you have a story to tell. Your project needs to help you tell that story.
- Make sure that the majority of the design is yours. (Your parents, brothers & sisters, and friends can help, especially with building models.) Sometimes, your parents might want to help a lot - Heritage Fairs is fun! But please remind them that this needs to be your project.
- Use more than just words - include photos, pictures, maps, etc. Build a model and/or include artefacts, and make use of the whole space that you have. (4'x3' or 120cm x 90cm)
- Make your project colourful - even if you are using black & white photos.
- Make sure there are some words on your backboard so that when you're not at your project, visitors can still learn about your topic.
- Use letters that are big enough so that judges and visitors do not have to lean over into your project to read it.
- Simple designs work well if they convey the topic and help you give your presentation.
- Make sure to have a Works Cited and photo credits section. This is the type of thing that can go on the table rather than the backboard.
- If you have digital elements, make sure to use them in your presentation so that the judges know what wonderful work you did! Also, have a back-up plan in case your computer or tablet has problems.
- Design your project in separate pieces so that it will be easier to transport to school.
- Have a back-up plan if a piece of your project breaks, goes missing, or cannot be obtained.
10 Tips for Transporting Your Heritage Fairs Project:
Once you have designed and created your project, you have to be able to get it to school. Plus, if you get selected to attend the Regional Heritage Fair (and then if you get selected for the Provincial Heritage Fair thereafter), you will need to move your project once again. Here are some tips for easily transporting your project:
- A plastic bin with a lid works well for carrying a model - it is recommended that the bin be at lease 3cm taller than the model so that the lid can be secured tightly without squishing anything. It is best if models are transported in different boxes from other items. An old casserole dish also works well as the base of a model, as it comes ready with handles.
- A larger plastic bin with a lid works well for carrying artefacts, props, tablets, etc. This should be separate from a model.
- Since you might have to carry your whole project yourself, make sure you can lift any bins, boxes, or models, as well as your backboard. (You do not have to be able to lift all of these at the same time!)
- Cover your backboard in plastic, even if you are only going to be outside for a little bit. Make sure anything else that is not waterproof is covered with waterproof material or in a waterproof container.
- Bring a charger and cord for your electronics. (Make sure these are labelled or marked with your name or initials.) Bring an extension cord
- Bring along extra tape in case anything falls off your backboard while been carried, or if you want to stick items to the table.
- If your project includes water, such as in a model, add the water after you arrive and have the rest of the project set up. If you do want to bring a liquid, carry it in a separate, sealed container (such as a water bottle). Do not carry it with the rest of your items in case it leaks on the way to school.
- Balloons and other inflatable items should be inflated at the Fair (makes sure to come early enough to do this) so that they are easier to carry and will not blow away or break.
- The more you can carry and set up on your own, the better, but do not be afraid to ask for help if something goes wrong.
- At the Regional & Provincial Heritage Fairs, there will be activities as well as presenting your project, so you may want to take off pieces of your outfit (i.e. hat, scarf, fake moustache, jewellery) for these activities. A great place to store these items is in the plastic bin that you carried your model in, which would be empty while your project is set up. Then they are easy to find again if you need to put them back on!