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The Oral Presentation
The Science Fair will have each presenter in the science fair give their presentation to a member of a special group of judges that have been hand-picked from Conestoga High School’s elite students.
Tips for a great oral presentation:
- Make sure that your science journal, research paper and display board are complete, neat and proofread.
- Be prepared. Practice your presentation as many times as possible. Use index cards to write down your main points. Your index cards should not be read aloud; by practicing your presentation enough times, you should know what to say without even looking at your cards. They should be used ONLY if you need a reminder as you are presenting.
- Point to your board when explaining graphs or pictures, but DO NOT read off your board.
- Practice in front of friends and relatives. Give them an opportunity to ask questions or provide feedback, and remember that it is okay to say, “I don’t know” or “I didn’t cover that in the scope of my research.” Remember, it is always better to say that you don’t know the answer rather than trying to make something up!
- In case you are asked, make sure that you can clearly explain how you results were measured. For example, if you used a scale to measure weight, know what type of scale you used. Be able to show how to balance the scale and what weights you used.
- Be enthusiastic, and smile during your presentation. Stand straight and speak clearly and loud enough so that your whole audience can hear you. Make sure that your audience knows how proud you are of your project.
- Dress well. Wearing nice clothes shows that you are proud of your project and want to represent it in the best way possible.
- Stay within the length of time your teacher has provided for your presentation.
You may be expected to present your entire study, including research question, purpose, background research, hypothesis, materials, procedure, results and conclusion. Make sure that you share any special challenges or unexpected outcomes. Be prepared to answer questions at the end of your presentations.