Many of us get a cold feet when asked to give a presentation. This happens mostly when you are not well prepared with the topic and you have preconceived the phobia of delivering it without committing any mistake. Science fair presentation becomes a task easy to accomplish when you possess an in depth knowledge about the work done by you and you frame it as per your convenience. Giving an impromptu speech or presenting your views without prior preparation is not at all feasible, rather you should dedicate some time for preparing everything perfectly. So how do you proceed? We present you some useful science project presentation ideas over here.
1. Compile your Project Work
Till now, you might be noting down the steps, procedures and every important facts related to your project work in your rough copy. Once you have completed the project, start writing the final project report. You should always keep a hard copy and a soft copy of your project for reference. Jot down the experiment in a systematic way and follow the standard format followed by your school for writing projects and dissertations. Also incorporate the images, diagrams and observations in succession. You can refer to this Buzzle article, science fair project template to know the basics of writing a thesis. Then take print out of the soft copy and bind the pages with a good quality cover, along with embossing, before submitting it finally. This completes your theoretical work. Now, you can make the presentation from the theory.
2. Prepare PowerPoint Presentation
Presentations are always given through PowerPoint (or any similar good software) as it offers a wide range of tools for designing your project work. Give considerable time for preparing the slides and maintain uniformity throughout. The presentation should be done neatly and too much use of flashy colors and designs is not recommended. Include the important points, like the aim, working procedure, results and the conclusion in a manner that can be understood by everyone. Use technical jargon and scientific terms instead of generic terms. You can represent the important points in a list and draw schematic sketches for the preparatory methods. Compile the images and diagrams, and maintain consistency throughout. Make sure that the font remains same for every slide. You can highlight and enlarge the titles and subheads for capturing the interest of the audience.
PowerPoint presentations are usually given for science projects pertaining to isolation of DNA (you can represent the markers and the DNA banding patterns accurately on the PowerPoint slides) and culture of bacteria (paste the images directly on your presentation slide after scanning, to obtain the crystal clear view) on a growth medium. You can arrange the slides in a particular order before giving the seminar.
3. Compose on Optical Sheets
Giving presentation on optical sheets with the help of a projector, although considered to be an outdated technique, is still practiced in many educational institutions. It’s also a shortcut method as you need to only jot down the important points on the transparent sheets. The structure and format remains same for writing the report. You can use colorful marker pens for highlighting the important points and write down the text preferably with a dark color. Since it would be a handwritten project, you should be a little extra careful about its cleanliness. The visual aids (color, images, diagrams, tables, etc.) should be skillfully used over here, so that your audience remain absorbed in your work, while you are delivering it orally.
Science projects that are based more on theory, like effects of acid rain, types of environmental pollution, animal and plant kingdom, etc, could be well represented on an optical slide. This is because, you can explain and describe the facts elaborately on the slide that would also be easy for your audience to understand.
4. Representing the Project with Models
Scientific models for representing experiments are usually exhibited at school fairs. It’s definitely an excellent idea to demonstrate the experiment live with the help of miniature models and perform the experiment right on the spot. You have to set up stalls and equip it well with all the materials required for making the experiment successful. Apart from setting up the models and performing the experiments, you should also display the presentation work in the form of a bulletin. This would make your work more clear and it would also fetch you a great deal of appreciation. Explain the objective and the procedures orally and establish an effective communication. The bulletin displayed will further uplift the quality of your science fair project presentation. Some wonderful examples are demonstrating photosynthesis, occurrence of volcano and solar system with models.
I hope now you have understood how to compose your project work and deliver an effective presentation. You can practice it at home before delivering it finally. This will increase your confidence and would allow you to overcome nervousness. Last but not the least, the quality of your performance will also be judged by your gesture, body and hand language. Therefore, keep all these facts in mind while giving the presentation.