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What is the Oral Presentation and is it necessary?

If your project is for the classroom and is not being entered in a science fair, you may be required to do an oral presentation to the class.  If you are entering a science fair, there may be an oral presentation made to the judges.  In either case you should prepare in advance for the presentation.

How should you prepare for the oral presentation?

Prepare a short presentation that you will give to your class or to the judges.  Practice the presentation out loud several times.  Practicing out loud allows you to experience the rhythm of the words and reveals any tongue twisters that may be overlooked when reading.  After you have read it out loud several times, then give the presentation to a parent or other interested person.  Ask them for feedback to improve.  Even the best presentations can always be improved.

Consider how to begin your presentation.  Most of the class will begin with something like "My report is about..."  Improve yours by opening with an interesting statement or question related to your project.

Include the following in your presentation:

bulletWhy did you choose this project?
bulletWhat did you learn from your research?
bulletWhat was the goal of your investigation?
bulletHow did you design the experiments?
bulletDid anything interesting occur during your project?
bulletDid you have any problems and how did you overcome them?
bulletWhat were the results of your investigation?
bulletWhat conclusions can you draw from your results?

It is not necessary to memorize the presentation, but you may be less nervous if you plan in advance what you will say.  Also, make note cards to help you.  Remember, you may be nervous on presentation day.

Be prepared to answer questions by the class or judges about your project.  Think of questions that they may ask and be sure that you can answer them completely and concisely.  If you do not know the answer be honest.  Do not try to fake it, the judges will appreciate your honesty.  If you disagree with something someone says, explain your way of thinking, but do not argue with the judge. 

Dress your best on the day of the science fair.  You will be more confident if you are well groomed and prepared.  Be early if possible so you are not rushed.  Speak clearly, smile, and be polite.  Use your best manners and you will make a good impression. 


How will the oral presentation be judged or graded?

bulletIs your presentation the proper time length?  Closely follow the guidelines given you.
bulletDid you talk to your audience (good)? or did you read a report?  Try to talk to and look at your audience while giving your report.  Maintain eye contact.
bulletDid you present a clear picture of what you did and why?  Does the audience understand your project and your results?
bulletDo you understand your project enough to talk knowledgeably about it?
bulletDo your results and conclusions show your understanding of the subject?
bulletIs your project and presentation scientifically accurate?  Be sure of your facts.

It is ok to be nervous.  Most everyone will be.  You can reduce your nervousness by practicing ahead and being prepared.  Look at your audience and talk to them just like you would any other time.  Remember, you have prepared and you know your subject well. 


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