|Chicago Metro History Fair Exhibit Rules|
A History Fair exhibit is like a room in a museum-not a report on a display board with pictures. It relies on clear, succinct text (labels) and a substantial amount of visual evidence to communicate the student's research and analysis.
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RULE 1: Individuals or groups of no more than five students may do an exhibit.
RULE 2: Size limitations: 6 feet high X 40 inches wide X 30 inches deep from the front of the table to the back of the exhibit. (See diagram below.) So long as the exhibit fits within the required dimensions, it may be constructed in any shape.
RULE 3: Exhibits must be free standing.
RULE 4: Two copies of the Summary Statement Form with an attached annotated bibliography must accompany exhibit. The annotated bibliography should be divided between primary and second sources.
RULE 5: Project topics must be connected to the Chicago region--even if the national theme is being used. Non-Chicago topics will be evaluated but will not be eligible to advance. Junior HF allows topics in Illinois history.
RULE 6: Plagiarism is not accepted, and constitutes grounds for disqualification.
PENALTY POINTS (High School only)
MAXIMUM DIMENSIONS FOR HISTORY FAIR EXHIBITS
72 INCHES TALL
40 INCHES WIDE
30 INCHES DEPTH
See "Communicating Your Story" on the MAKING HISTORY page for further guidance.
Exhibits are evaluated by the display, the Summary Statement form, and annotated bibliography. Supplemental models, artifacts, binders, or electronic devices do not influence the evaluation's score. (However, if they are an integral part of the exhibit, properly explained then they may be part of the school. Audio or visual components should not be more than two minutes long.) CMHEC cannot be held responsible for any material left with an exhibit.