Public Presentations Tips
Science Festival Audience:
- The age and background of your audience members could range widely.
- Most of your audience will be non-scientists, so basic ideas will be your foundation, with layers of complexity added to offer something for everyone.
- The audience is curious -- just like you were when you embarked on your journey. Have fun sharing your common interest!
- Share what inspires you! -- what are you passionate about?
Know your goals:
- Think FUN! Present a topic you and your visitors will have fun sharing, discovering and exploring together!
- Share a science idea, research, advancement, or application: identify a clear take-home message
- Make science accessible and understandable: leave the jargon behind
- Connect your take-away message to something people can relate to in everyday life and care about
- Spark the imagination and inspire!
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Below is a suggested presentation format to help you tell your story:
How to prepare
Our 2021 "Ask a Scientist" programs are meant to be informal, but please be prepared with a 15-20 minute presentation on your area of expertise. Your presentation should be jargon-free and get students excited about your field. Demonstrations or a short presentation deck with images or videos of some sort are encouraged!
Things to consider:
Include a short demonstration, engaging videos, or trivia games
End your presentation with clear take-away messages
Why is your area of study important and relevant to their lives?
What are the most exciting and rewarding parts of your job?
What inspired you to pursue your type of work?
What is your vision for the future in your field that motivates you each day
The entire presentation should last 30-45 minutes in total including time for questions unless otherwise agreed on between yourselves and the teachers.