Joint CSEF/JSHS Presentation Workshop- 9 am-Noon, Sat. Feb. 11 – Tunxis Community College

Posted: 13 December 2016
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Filed Under: CJSHS, hints and tips, Our Fair, Workshops

You are invited to join us for a joint workshop for students who are participating in the 2017 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair or the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Are you struggling with your poster or presentation? Come to our workshop.

 Workshop – Best Practices for Science Fair and Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Fully Booked – Registration Closed!

Because of Weather- Being Held as Internet Meeting

When: Saturday, February 11,  9 am – Noon
Where: Tunxis Community College, Farmington Campus, Room  6-127/128 
845 Plainville Ave, Farmington, CT 06032
Use this address for your GPS and you will end up at the correct parking lot.When you arrive park near 700 building. which is library. Walk through 700 building and you will end up in 600 building right by room 6-127/6-128 where we will meet.
Parking: In lot to the right of the entrance • Get Directions • Campus Map
Additional information/QuestionsDr. LaBanca • Download Workshop Flyer

Register Online (Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 9)
Free Registration • Continental Breakfast • Door Prizes


  • High school CSEF and JSHS participants are the intended audience. Middle school students accepted as space permits.
  • Adults-
    • Teachers/Advisors of participants
    • Parents: Please only one parent per child.
    • Topics


  • 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: Practice some of your  presentation skills with scientists, engineers, and former science fair and symposium standouts
  • Display rules for CSEF participants

Presentation Materials – Feb 11 Workshop

Not as good as attending  but very informative!

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, Principal, Westside Middle Academy, 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 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.

Bob Wisner
Fair Director
[email protected]

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