1 – Be smart when choosing the topic!
What does this mean? It means that the more interested you are in a topic, the easier it will be to make an interesting presentation/ poster or video about it! So choose a topic which you really like, it will make the process really exciting!
1 – Be smart when choosing the topic!
2 – Recycle already done stuff!
No need to start from scratch! To develop a brand-new contribution is great, but it’s not that easy if you have lots of other things to do. So, if you’d love to participate in an easy way, just recycle! I’m sure you’ve had to prepare several presentations for school, so why don’t you add even more value to them? Upload them as well for “#SciChallenge2017” and recycle!
3 – Know your subject! Research!
If you feel confident with a topic or an idea, it will be easier to explain it. So the first step for any kind of presentation is to know what and why you want to tell that story. So carry out thorough research on the net, in books, using YouTube, asking teachers for material, even science publications. Once you have this, it’s even more fun to think about a nice way to present what you know and have found out.
4 – Try to tell your project as a story!
Presenting complex scientific information is not that easy! So always try to keep in mind that every project, idea, video or presentation is built up like a story. This means that: (1) in the Introduction (at the start): What is it about? What is the overall topic? WHY is it important to focus on this topic?; (2) in the middle : This is the exciting bit showing the interesting aspects or problems about the topic!; (3) the end: Here you can present possible solutions or your conclusion!
5 – Less is more!
Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics can be quite complex topics. It’s tempting just to fill up slides or to copy and paste complicated paragraphs. But try to simplify the text in your own words. Try to make shorter, but more effective paragraphs! Less is more! This can be frustrating sometimes because you might know a lot more about the topic,but our concentration spans are limited (even our judges!)
6 – A Picture tells a thousand words!
Pictures help a lot to visualize what you want to explain! But sometimes we just add beautiful pictures without giving them proper meaning or even a title. For you everything may be clear because you are know what you want to say, but what about those watching the presentation for the first time? So pictures are great, but remember to give them a proper title and explain what they are showing.
7 – Get connected!
Especially when preparing a contest contribution, it’s good to get in touch with other people; with friends, classmates, parents, or teachers! Why? Well, it really helps to get others to review your ideas – do they make sense, could you have explained something better? And that’s not all. The more views and likes you gather when you share your project the higher your audience score will be and the better your chances of being invited to the Final Award Event in Vienna as a nominee! So - get connected!
8 – Enjoy sharing your ideas!
Enjoy the process of researching, of sharing thoughts with your friends and of developing a nice presentation. Share your project on YouTube or SlideShare, upload it also on Facebook if you like and get immediate feedback from your peers! Don’t forget the hashtag, #scichallenge2017
9 – Don’t panic!
Sometimes when you are delve deeper into a topic, it may start to become a bigger and more complicated thing than you first intended. Don't panic! Take a break and you will see things clearer after a while and remember less is more!
10 – Remember to follow the SciChallenge Smart Tips and have fun!
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