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Presentation Skills(for Senior Division oral presentations)

Mercer Science and Engineering Club

3 Creek Rim Drive

Titusville , NJ 08560

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  • What to do first

  • Starting a conversation

  • The Pitch: What to talk about

  • Target Audiences

  • Dressing for success

  • Display Tips

  • How to practice

  • Building confidence

  • What Judges Look For

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What to do first

  • Make a plan

  • Make sure you understand your project

  • Write things down

  • Choose proper attire

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Starting a conversation

  • Learn how to start a conversation

  • Write some opening lines

    • Practice, practice, practice

    • Memorize these

    • Make the opening natural and easy to speak

    • Make it short and to the point

  • Introduce yourself, then your project

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The Pitch: What to talk about

  • Start with a verbal abstract

  • Make a list of questions and answers

    • Provide more detail

    • Be prepared to discuss any aspect of the project

    • Not every judge has the same background or interest

    • Review questions with parents, mentors and teachers

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Target Audiences

  • Judges

    • Select award winners

    • Engineering and scientific backgrounds

    • Start simple but be prepared to go into depth

  • Teachers and Mentors

    • Grade your projects for class

    • Have followed your progress

  • Students and Parents

    • Unfamiliar with project and terms

    • Simplified explanations

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Dressing for success

  • Professional attire

  • Use for future interviews

  • Do not wear

    • Jeans

    • Flip flops

    • Sneakers

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Display Tips

  • Utilize the entire space

    30 inches deep

    48 inches wide

    108 inches high (from floor to top of project)

  • Avoid “Clutter”

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Display Extras

Too much stuff

Pictures are better

Minimal is good

One item is best

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Items Not Allowed at Project or in Booth

Living organisms, including plants

Taxidermy specimens or parts

Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals

Human or animal food

Human/animal parts (e.g teeth) or body fluids (e.g. blood, urine)

Plant materials (living, dead, or preserved) which are in their raw, unprocessed, or non-manufactured state (Exception: manufactured construction materials used in building the project or display)

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Items Not Allowed at Project or in Booth

Laboratory/household chemicals including water (Exception: water integral to an enclosed apparatus or water supplied by the Display and Safety Committee)

Poisons, drugs, controlled substances, hazardous substances or devices (e.g. firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices)

Dry ice or other sublimating solids

Sharp items (e.g. syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)

Flames or highly flammable materials

Batteries with open-top cells

Awards, metals, business cards, flags, endorsements and/or acknowledgements (graphic or written)

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Items Not Allowed at Project or in Booth

Photographs or other visual presentations depicting vertebrate animals in surgical techniques, dissections, necropsies, or other lab procedures

Active Internet or e-mail connections as part of displaying or operating the project

Glass or glass objects unless deemed by Display and Safety Committee to be an integral and necessary part of the project (Exception: glass that is an integral part of a commercial product such as a computer screen)

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Items Not Allowed at Project or in Booth

Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee, the Display and Safety Committee, (or Science Service at INTEL) (e.g. large vacuum tubes or dangerous ray-generating devices, empty tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases, pressurized tanks, etc.)

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Audio/video Presentations I

  • Designed to augment oral and board presentations

  • Use AV presentation when explaining related aspect of the project

  • Types of video presentations

    • Video clips

    • Animated sequences

  • Examples of tools

    • Powerpoint

    • Windows Media Player

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Audio/video Presentations II

  • Practice answering questions using AV presentation – similar to using your board in the oral presentation

  • Keep audio aspects to minimum so it does not interrupt oral presentation or neighbors

  • AV presentation used to show

    • Video clips that show non-standard procedures or results

    • Animations that would take too many static images

    • Very large or small objects

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How to practice

  • Oral presentation practice must be spoken, not read

  • Start by speaking to a mirror

  • Move onto speaking to individuals: parents, teachers, students

  • Practice in front of a class

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What Judges Look For

  • Student’s understanding of the project, its results and techniques employed in experimentation

  • Quality of research, planning, construction, execution and presentation

  • How well the student presents the project (Senior division)

  • How well the board presents the project

  • What did you learn

  • Who did the work

  • Future plans

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Getting Students Involved

  • Get students to critique presenters

    • Students learn how to listen

    • Students learn how to write evaluations

    • Write short paragraph summarizing presentation

  • Grade critiques for extra credit

    • Is the critique constructive?

    • Did the critique miss key items presented?

    • Did the critique point out areas that are unclear?

    • KISS

  • Have non-science fair students present on topics of their choice

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  • Start with a good project and results

  • Dress for success

  • Start a conversation –Introduce yourself

  • Extemporize don’t memorize

  • Practice, practice, practice

  • Explain your project as many times as possible to as many people as possible