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Science Fair Presentations

The science fair experience is part process, part product.

Some would argue that the process is more important than the product—that it is in the hands-on experimentation, engineering, and trial and error that the most valuable learning takes place. But both are valuable components of the overall learning experience, and both matter during final judging.

At the end of the day, the display board is the ultimate product. It tells the story of the student’s investigation or invention and is their one chance to sell it to the world (well, at least to teachers and judges). It chronicles their hard work, documents real data, and breaks down complex scientific concepts into basics that anyone who visits their display at the fair can understand. It is something for students to be proud of and keep forever.

Although the presentation comes at the end of the 6-week timeline, it should not be an afterthought. Students should keep it in mind as they document key steps along the way—with photographs, sketches and handwritten notes. That way, when it comes time to post things on their display board, they’ll have more than enough to choose from. The value of the presentation should not be underestimated. After weeks of hard work, it all comes down to a few minutes—that’s how long a student has to captivate each group of visitors at their booth. And remember this: The display is the first and only thing the judges see. First impressions matter!

  • How to Create a Winning Display

    This is your chance to get creative! Create a display board that best showcases your project.

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  • Presentation Do’s & Don’ts

    This helpful checklist will help you develop a great presentation that stands out from the crowd.

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  • How to Deliver a Good Oral Presentation

    For many students, this is the most nerve-wracking, if not terrifying, bit of the entire experience. Find out how to turn this potential hurdle into a chance to shine.

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  • Judge’s Criteria

    Judging worksheets and scoring systems vary from fair to fair, but most follow similar criteria. This section will help you understand what the judges will be looking for.

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  • Student’s Final Checklist

    Students have lots to keep track of during the final phase of their projects. Make sure all the details are covered with this helpful checklist.

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