Think of yourself as belonging to the science community.
You are sharing your ideas among colleagues
Find a way to get physically comfortable with yourself just before you begin.
Draw from what you know by heart — so that it doesn’t sound overly "memorized."
Speak from your place of confidence!
Communicate in a natural manner, not rushed, perhaps just a bit slower than usual.
Give each idea its moment in the sun.
Let your opening start with a BIG IDEA, then connect it to your research topic.
Place your project into context!
Provide a brief overview of highlights, like an abstract or a movie trailer.
Excite your audience about your project!
Allow questions and comments to guide the direction of your presentation.
Pause from time to time to allow for dialogue!
If you don’t know, use the moment to think out loud with your colleagues.
Show the quality of your thinking process!
Used sparingly, humor, charm, and eye contact may help you connect with your colleagues.
Stay focused on the science story!
Clothes should be neat, preferably business style — this shows your respect for yourself and the judges.
Introduce yourself to the judges and start describing your project. Be prepared to stop your presentation to answer any questions at any time.
Rehearse your presentation several times. Have a friend, parent or teacher listen and interrupt you with questions periodically so that you can get used to stopping your presentation and answering.
Judges have a limited amount of time, so try to answer questions as succinctly as possible
Alwars remember, Judges are trying to do 3 things:
- Determine the merits of your work
- Determine if you know your project well and can speak about it knowingly
- To help you grow as a scientist and have a good time at the fair