Creating an EffectiveBoard Presentation    Mercer Science and Engineering Club              3 Creek Rim Drive            T...
Overview•   The starting point: good research•   Why is the presentation important•   What needs to be included•   Laying ...
Good Research: It’s a start• You can’t hide bad research with a  fancy presentation• Good research does not sell itself• N...
Why The Presentation Is Important  • It helps sell your project and results  • Elementary and Junior Division    – Entries...
Presentation Components I• Required  – Board  – Abstract (can be on its own stand)• Recommended  – Research paper  – Resea...
Presentation Components II• Optional  – Audio/video presentation if it augments the    static, board presentation  – Proje...
What The Presentation Does• Attracts attention to the project• Provides the initial introduction to viewers  of the projec...
Target Your Audience• Decide who is the target audience  – Judges, teachers, parents, students• Design presentation to use...
Presentation Tells A Story• The board should speak for itself• Photos and drawings should enhance  the story, not the way ...
What needs to be included      on the board•   Title•   Problem               • Recommended items•   Hypothesis           ...
What NOT to include on the board •   Your name •   Name or logo of school or affiliation •   Sponsors •   Photos of identi...
More on Photos• Photos of researcher can be included only if  they are showing something relevant to the  research that co...
Laying out the board       Model it first. It’s easier              Project Title Problem             Data         Photos ...
Where The Eye GoesDecide what, when and where a viewer should look                        Project Title           Title 1s...
Choosing fonts and figures• Dont’s – MiXiNg Fφητs IS nφt α gσοδ Iδεa – Too many colors are bad• Do’s – Fonts tips – Figure...
Font Tips I• Use as few fonts as necessary• San serif fonts like Arial work best on  presentations• Use serif fonts in res...
Font Tips II• Use same font and color for similar uses such as  explanations of the Problem or Conclusion• Choosing font s...
Figures and Photos• Should be viewable from at least 3 feet away• Figures should be as simple as possible  –   Use thick, ...
Taking Photos• Take lots of photos of the same thing  – Choose the best  – Different angles can eliminate glare and highli...
Constructing A Page• KISS – use a single page of paper for  each item if possible• Generate pages using a word  processor,...
Simplify, simplify, simplify• KISS – Less is better. Clutter is bad.• Eliminate redundant or unimportant  information• Kee...
Construction Tips I•   KISS•   Double sided tape for mounting paper/photos•   Always use a paper cutter•   Borders    – Pr...
Construction Tips II• Maximize white background on paper  – Minimizes print time and cost  – Simplifies combining multiple...
Gotch ya’s• Always use a spell checker• Use a grammar checker• Read the rules !!!• Catch errors early: get multiple critiq...
Video Presentations• The board should not require the video  presentation• Do not duplicate board contents in presentation...
More Suggestions• Peer review  – Have students critique boards for extra credit  – Rate boards on how well they explain a ...
Summary• Good research means good artifacts (results)• Presentation is important because it is selling  your project and i...
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  1. 1. Creating an EffectiveBoard Presentation Mercer Science and Engineering Club 3 Creek Rim Drive Titusville , NJ 08560
  2. 2. Overview• The starting point: good research• Why is the presentation important• What needs to be included• Laying out the board• Choosing fonts and figures• Simplify, simplify, simplify• Construction Tips KISS (Keep it simple, stupid)
  3. 3. Good Research: It’s a start• You can’t hide bad research with a fancy presentation• Good research does not sell itself• Not all details are equally important• You will know what should be presented. It is simply a matter of how.• A research paper and research documents complement a presentation
  4. 4. Why The Presentation Is Important • It helps sell your project and results • Elementary and Junior Division – Entries are judged exclusively on the presentation • Senior Division – Judging includes both the presentation and an oral defense – The presentation is the backdrop for the oral defense
  5. 5. Presentation Components I• Required – Board – Abstract (can be on its own stand)• Recommended – Research paper – Research documents – Detailed results – Abstract handouts
  6. 6. Presentation Components II• Optional – Audio/video presentation if it augments the static, board presentation – Project artifacts if useful for oral presentation (senior division) – Artifacts built by student (photos recommended)• Not Recommended – Project artifacts not used for oral presentation – Tools used for experimentation
  7. 7. What The Presentation Does• Attracts attention to the project• Provides the initial introduction to viewers of the project (i.e. judges)• Provides organized overview of the project• Visual aid when describing a project• Helps students organize their thoughts when describing their project to judges• A picture is worth a thousand words
  8. 8. Target Your Audience• Decide who is the target audience – Judges, teachers, parents, students• Design presentation to use terms familiar to the target audience• Explain unfamiliar terms or procedures• Use drawings and explanations that target the audience’s level of understanding
  9. 9. Presentation Tells A Story• The board should speak for itself• Photos and drawings should enhance the story, not the way the presentation looks• The sequence of the story should be obvious
  10. 10. What needs to be included on the board• Title• Problem • Recommended items• Hypothesis • Benefits• Materials • Optional items• Methods • Future plans• Data • Photograph• Analysis acknowledgements Photograph taken by …• Conclusion• Abstract (may be free standing)
  11. 11. What NOT to include on the board • Your name • Name or logo of school or affiliation • Sponsors • Photos of identifiable people – Remember, it is the experiment that is important – Caveat: photos relevant to the experiment can be included
  12. 12. More on Photos• Photos of researcher can be included only if they are showing something relevant to the research that could not be shown otherwise• No photos showing identifiable people• Any photographs showing identifiable people, other than the student investigator(s), must have a signed release form• No photographs of body parts or tissue, except those allowed by ISEF rules
  13. 13. Laying out the board Model it first. It’s easier Project Title Problem Data Photos AnalysisHypothesisMaterials Methods Conclusion
  14. 14. Where The Eye GoesDecide what, when and where a viewer should look Project Title Title 1st Problem 2nd Data 3rd Analysis 4th Problem Data Photo Analysis Hypothesis Materials Methods Conclusion
  15. 15. Choosing fonts and figures• Dont’s – MiXiNg Fφητs IS nφt α gσοδ Iδεa – Too many colors are bad• Do’s – Fonts tips – Figures and Photos – Constructing a complex page
  16. 16. Font Tips I• Use as few fonts as necessary• San serif fonts like Arial work best on presentations• Use serif fonts in research paper• Use fonts like Cooper for titles• Look for free fonts on Internet (www.1001freefonts.com)• NEVER USE ALL CAPS – It is hard to read – Use Bold, Italic or Color instead
  17. 17. Font Tips II• Use same font and color for similar uses such as explanations of the Problem or Conclusion• Choosing font size – Must be readable from at least 3 feet away – Size should be related to surrounding text – Size should indicate the text’s importance – Titles should not giant while explanations are microscopic
  18. 18. Figures and Photos• Should be viewable from at least 3 feet away• Figures should be as simple as possible – Use thick, not thin lines – Use colors judiciously – Use legends when necessary• Scan and print photos – Allows captions and acknowledgements to be included on same piece of paper – Annotations like arrows can be added
  19. 19. Taking Photos• Take lots of photos of the same thing – Choose the best – Different angles can eliminate glare and highlight aspects of the project – Try close ups, multiple items in photo – Where does the photo fit in the story• Scan and edit photos – Crop: allows larger images, eliminates extraneous details – Print and try adjustments: a printed image looks different from it viewed on a display• Digital cameras: Always use highest resolution
  20. 20. Constructing A Page• KISS – use a single page of paper for each item if possible• Generate pages using a word processor, presentation or drawing program• Use color printer to add borders and background• Don’t forget to try landscape page orientation
  21. 21. Simplify, simplify, simplify• KISS – Less is better. Clutter is bad.• Eliminate redundant or unimportant information• Keep titles and sentences short and concise• Only show figures or photos that help explain key points• Leaves more space for other information
  22. 22. Construction Tips I• KISS• Double sided tape for mounting paper/photos• Always use a paper cutter• Borders – Print borders on paper – Use a matte or colored paper to back paper• Colored board background – Highlights items placed on board – Buy colored background – Spray paint
  23. 23. Construction Tips II• Maximize white background on paper – Minimizes print time and cost – Simplifies combining multiple pages• Use photo matte or glossy paper – Thicker paper, nothing shows through – Works well with double sided tape – Best for photos and figures• Use same type of paper throughout presentation. Differences stand out.
  24. 24. Gotch ya’s• Always use a spell checker• Use a grammar checker• Read the rules !!!• Catch errors early: get multiple critiques from the initial layout design to the final product• Remember the ISEF abstract
  25. 25. Video Presentations• The board should not require the video presentation• Do not duplicate board contents in presentation• Video presentation should show something that is more easily explained using a movie or animation versus a figure or photo• Do not include video presentation if it is unnecessary• Keep video presentation simple and short• Video presentation should run automatically
  26. 26. More Suggestions• Peer review – Have students critique boards for extra credit – Rate boards on how well they explain a project – Use simplified judging forms• Involve other teachers – Make them aware of the projects and goals for improving the student’s presentation skills – English: effective text descriptions – Math and science: methods of presenting data – Computer: use of tools to create complex pages
  27. 27. Summary• Good research means good artifacts (results)• Presentation is important because it is selling your project and its results• Include all relevant information• Board layout catches the eye and explains the details• Text and figures must be readable from a distance• Remember KISS but complexity is relative

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