Presentation Guide

It’s time to show people the ins and outs of your research. We’ve put together a suite of ways to present your work. While not every component is required, each piece will help you organize your thoughts and better express your ideas to the judges. Click on the headers below to learn more about each!

Abstract - Due March 1st (required)

An abstract is a short summary of your research, no longer than 250 words. It should include the most important aspects of your work that you would like to share with judges, including research methods, results, and why your research is important. You can access our short course on how to write your abstract. Make sure your abstract includes:

  • Purpose: An introductory statement providing background, namely the reason, for investigating the project topic.
  • Procedure: A brief overview of how the investigation was conducted, highlighting key points, and including methods and resources used.
  • Observations/Data/Results: Key results that lead directly to the conclusions you have drawn.
  • Conclusions: A short summary (1-2 sentences) which may include conclusive ideas, important applications, and implications of the research.

Please submit your abstract by March 1st in Scienteer.

Quad Chart - Due March 15th (required)

Your quad chart should be visually appealing without being overloaded with unnecessary details that you can talk about in your presentation. A quick glance should give a general overview of your work. Overall, there will be much less information on your quad chart than on a standard research poster; think of it as a visual representation of your abstract. Please use landscape orientation on something close to American Legal standard paper (8.5" x 14"), and use at least size 13 pt. font for body text. A standard Google slide is about the right size.

This chart will help people understand your project without going into too much detail, especially if you aren’t actively there to describe it to them. Judges and fair-goers will both be able to see them.

Templates


We’ve created a basic template for you to follow, available in Google Sheets and MS PowerPoint formats.

Examples


These examples show a typical research poster and a quad chart, side by side.

Example #1
Example #2
Example #3

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Video - Due March 22nd (Not required, but recommended)

This presentation will help special awards judges learn about your project, and gives you a chance to explain your process in lay person's terms to anyone that would like to know more about your research at the competition. While the video presentation is not required, you will have to submit one to be eligible for special awards, as these will be decided before the fair itself.

It should be no more than two minutes long and can have animations or other presenting tools. However, you will not be judged based on bells and whistles; focus primarily on content over flair. You can submit it using a link to supported video platforms, such as YouTube or Vimeo.

Examples


Ijeoma Obi submitted this video as her entry to the BioGENEius Challenge. If the video does not start at the correct time, fast-forward to 23:08.

Patrick Wahlig recorded this video as an example of an elevator pitch. Note that this video is longer than our 2-minute limit.

Paige Brown submitted this video as her entry to the Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition in 2016. Note that this video is longer than our 2-minute limit.

 

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Presentation Slides - Due March 31st (Not required, but recommended)

The presentation slides are meant to replace the research poster that you would normally use in in-person fairs. It will help guide you and the judges through the topics you want to discuss as you present your research. Don't overcrowd your slides with words and you should try to avoid reading directly from it; use it to illustrate your points while you discuss. There are no animations or web links allowed. This can be done in Google Slides or in a document with landscape orientation. It is recommended that you use size 18 pt font for clarity and to make sure you aren’t filling every page with text. Presentation slides are not required, but it is strongly recommended because it will greatly assist you in focusing your thoughts while giving your presentation, and make it much easier to follow your main points.

Slides should not be submitted in advance. They are presented by the student on the day of the fair.

Templates


Google Slides template for an Engineering project

Google Slides template for a Science research project

Google Slides template for a Mathematics or Computer Science project

Example

This example 11-slide deck represents Amara Ifeji's project.

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If you have any questions about the various pieces you’re submitting to the Maine State Science Fair, contact one of our Student Support Interns: Noah Robinson at nrobinson@mmsa.org or Emma Raven at eraven@mmsa.org.