Just released for your CSEF and/or CT JSHS (CT Junior Science & Humanities Symposium) preparation are two concise and highly informative videos to help you get your poster and oral presentation ready. These are narrated by Dr. Frank LaBanca, Center for 21st Century Skills-Education Connection and Joy Erickson, University of Connecticut. Special thanks to Dr. LaBanca for his production efforts in preparing these videos.
Display Poster- Getting the significance of your work understood to intended audience is key to any presentation, either visual or oral. Your back board poster speaks for you during preliminary judging at CSEF. It’s all important just as is the first impressions of your work gleamed from your project title and abstract. At CSEF and CT JSHS project title and abstract are the first materials on your work seen by the judges who review the project in advance of the Fair and Symposium.
- The Power of Visual Aids– Tips on preparing display poster. See the YouTube Presentation
Oral Presentation- This video is focusses on the JSHS presentation time allowance, but its tips apply equally well to CSEF judging interviews that are almost entirely a question and answer sessions lasting 10-15 minutes. So for CSEF think about how best to get your story of what you set out to do, what you found out, your conclusions, and thoughts on future work condensed to 2-3 minutes. Yeah, it’s tough to do and called an “Elevator Pitch” (where the time you have to sell your idea is what it takes for the elevator to get to the floor where your boss is getting off). But, there’s good news- At CSEF the judges have already read your abstract. And some may have even looked over your project and research report during preliminary judging.
- CSEF-JSHS Making an Oral Presentation– Best practices in describing research/engineering work See the YouTube Presentation
Let us know if you find either of these videos useful. They cover materials presented at some of our workshops.