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How-To-Do A
Science Fair Presentation

Learn how to do a science fair presentation
that will WOW your teachers and friends!
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Image of Detective ThinkMoreAs your super-science-fair-projects sidekick, Detective ThinkMore, I personally extend my congratulations to you for doing such an extraordinary job! You have truly lived the saying, " Being in action creates my success."

You have reeeally learned a lot. Believe it or not, it is all in your memory. Did you know that your brain is the most sophisticated computer and digital camera that exists on the planet? Therefore, it is not necessary for you to memorize your presentation. You lived it with every step that you took. So don't concern yourself with knowing the facts.

Just like everything we have discussed so fair, attitude is everything. Then comes know-how. The skils you are about to learn can be implemented if you do a presentation about your science fair project before your classmates or when you talk with the Judges at the fair.

Schedule Your Rehearsal Time

You will need to schedule 2 hours, 15 minute increments, for this section so you will feel totally relaxed when you do your presentation or have a discussion with the Judges.

Set the Stage for Your Presentation

It is natural to feel a little nervous when giving a presentation. How do you overcome that feeling? Well, the famous entertainer and singer, Bruce Springstein - The Boss - calls the feelings in his stomach and throat, sweaty hands - EXCITED. Yes, change your words and you will change your experience!

Did you know that Anthony Robbins, the motivational guru, jumps up and down, claps his hands and says a mantra before going on stage? What are you going to do?

Yell, get excited about doing your presentation - of course! That's easy. Jump up and down! Shout hurray! When you are excited, the audience is excited and has fun.


Gestures

Be natural and relaxed. Have in your mind that the outcome of this experience is FUN!!! What you are really having is a conversation with a whole bunch of friends.

We naturally use gestures (movement with our hands) when we have a normal conversation without thinking about it.

Using natural gestures won't distract from a presentation; however, be aware of. . .

  1. Keeping your hands out of your pockets -

  2. Or handcuffed behind your back -

  3. Or keeping your arms crossed in front of you stomach or   chest -

  4. Or in keeping your hands on your hips -

  5. Or putting your hands anywhere on your face.


Eye Contact

The rule of thumb for eye contact is 1 -3 seconds per person. Try to focus on one person at a time. After all, these are your friends, your classmates!  Don't just look at them, see them.


Using Your Voice

Pretend that you are talking to someone in the back of the room. Easy!


Science Fair Projects Presentation

Have you ever heard the saying:

Tell them what you're going to tell them...
Tell them...
Then tell them what you told them!

So...how do you do that?

  • Take your time to rehearse, not memorize, your presentation in front of a mirror, your parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, the dog.
  • Ask your "practice audience" to tell you what they especially liked and one thing that could improve your presentation. In this way your presentation will become a natural part of you - like having a conversation with your best friend about a topic that is very familiar to you.
  • Give an introductory remark. "Before we begin I'd like to tell you that I'm excited to tell you about my science project." Or...

    "Before we begin I want to warn you, you're really going to have fun learning about my science fair project because it is so extraordinary." This is called a "preframe". It sets the audience's mood. Be sure to smile / laugh slightly ... to set the stage.

  • Tell them what you're going to tell them...
    Develop a clear preview sentence of your main points. "I would like to tell you about how I started this project, what testing procedure I used, and the results of the experiment."

  • Tell them...
    Talk through each point from your preview sentence.


    On small note cards put one key word to remind you of the main points your want to cover during your presentation. Number the cards...1, 2, 3, ... in case they get dropped! During your presentation keep them in your hand or on a table / desk.

  • Tell them what you told them...
    Review the main points. "I've tried in these past few minutes to give you an overview of how this project started, what testing procedure was used, and the results of the experiment.

  • Conclude your presentation with a strong, positive statement. "I learned....(only one sentence). I would be happy to take any questions at this time.

How to Answer Questions after your Projects Presentation

  • Prepare for questions. Anticipate what questions your audience may have by thinking of questions that you may ask a presenter.
  • Repeat the question after someone asks his or her question.
  • Maintain your style. Answer your friend's question as if you were having a private conversation.
  • Involve the whole audience in your answer. Look at everyone when you answer the question.
  • Use your Display Board as a visual aid. Ask you teacher a few days before the presentation if s/he has a pointer you can use. Remember to stand on the side of the board so you do not block your audience's view.

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Get up - stretch.  It's been a great day!
I know you have given your all today. But don't go away yet.

Follow me... just 5 more minutes. It's important, otherwise I wouldn't ask you.

Yipeee! You almost know as much as me about doing a science fair project.

So, what do you have to do to know that much?
Of course, what all students must know.... the cool science fair projects LAST SCIENCE FAIR STEP!