Presentation Preparation 2016 STEM FAIR Prepare a speech/presentation that will be from 3-5 minutes in length. Using note cards is a great way to keep your thoughts together and organized. Reading your abstract or paper will not be allowed. The presentation you complete for your classmates will be very similar to the presentation for the judges on February 3. Practice your speech several times to be sure that it fits within the timeframe and covers everything that you need to present. An example format is below... Introduce Yourself I researched _________________ because _____________________. As I researched, I found out that __________. What I found most interesting during my research was ______________. Then, you will talk about your experiment. This is where you would explain your materials, procedure, results, and conclusion. Tell us what you would do differently if you were to do it again. What would you change? Some other topics might include: How you got the idea Why your science fair project is important in today’s society Demonstrate that you understand the theory behind why your project turns out the way it does The following items are what your peers, the judges, and I will be looking for: (Please review the attached rubric for more information.) Seemed prepared and organized Presented clear explanation of topic Presented information in acceptable order Mastered subject knowledge Spoke clearly, correctly, distinctly, and confidently Maintained eye contact Visuals match report Good use of visual aids Handled questions and comments well Made the time-limit (3-5 minutes) These are questions the judges may ask you (Be prepared): What does your data tell you? Why is this research important? What do your graphs represent? What problems did you run into while doing your experiment and how did you fix them? Name the three most interesting things you learned when doing this science fair project? What further research do you plan on doing, or would you do, to this science fair project? PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE Practice explaining all graphs, tables, speeches, possible answers to judges questions Practice explaining the theory behind your science fair project. Theory includes everything from your background research paper. Practice using simple terms so anyone can understand your project. Always be positive and enthusiastic! Make good use of your display board. Point to diagrams when you are discussing them. Speak clearly and loudly while making eye contact. This displays confidence and pride in your hard work! If you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” That is much better than making up something that is false or inaccurate. Remember to thank the judges for their time and effort. And if you feel like it...ask for feedback. That’s the only way we can improve for next time. January 2rd – Feb. 3 Students will bring 2 copies of their reports. Both copies will be in a report cover. One is for Mrs. Schiemann and the other is for the judges. Students will bring their display boards and store them in their classrooms until it is time for their classroom presentation. Students will bring any extra materials needed for the classroom presentation on the day of their presentation. The materials will go home the same day. All students will bring their materials back on Thursday, February 3 for the Science Fair and open house Friday morning, our OLA student body will have the opportunity to walk through the science fair projects. After they have walked through we will have our awards ceremony. When the ceremony is complete, students will be asked to start collecting their items in order to take them home that day.