CSEF and CT-JSHS High School Presenters Workshop – February 20

Posted: 9 February 2020

Filed Under: Our Fair

For high school students who are participating in the 2020 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair or the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium- You are invited to join us for an online, interactive workshop. Are you struggling with your poster or presentation? This workshop is for you.

Workshop – Best Practices for Science Fair and
Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
When: Thursday, February 20,  6:30-8:30 pm
WhereOn Your Computer
Additional information/QuestionsDr. LaBanca • Download Workshop Flyer

Register Online (Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 14)


  • High school CSEF and JSHS participants are the intended audience.
  • Teachers/Advisors of participants
  • Parents- Listen in with your child


  • Putting the Finishing Touches on a Project
  • Effective Oral Presentations
  • The Message of your Visual Aides: Posters and PowerPoints
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Posters
  • Speaking to an Audience: Presentation skills
  • Display rules for CSEF participants

Still More Materials

For your CSEF and/or CT JSHS  (CT Junior Science & Humanities Symposium) preparation there are two concise and highly informative videos to help you get your poster and oral presentation ready. These are  narrated by Dr. Frank LaBanca, Fair Director, 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.

Oral Presentation- This video is focussed 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.

  • 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.

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