How to Give an Oral Presentation on a Scientific Investigation

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  • 0:01 A Scientific Oral Presentation
  • 0:35 Setting Up Your Presentation
  • 2:38 Keep It Simple
  • 3:10 What to Avoid
  • 3:39 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

After watching this video lesson, you will know how to give an oral presentation that delivers the important parts of your scientific investigation in a way that your audience will like and understand.

A Scientific Oral Presentation

A scientific oral presentation is a presentation you give verbally to an audience that presents the results of a scientific investigation. In this lesson, you'll learn how you can give a scientific oral presentation that your listeners will enjoy and understand and that will hopefully earn you an A+.

Believe it or not, it is possible to deliver a scientific talk that is fun and exciting. It doesn't have to be dry and boring. The key is, in setting up your presentation in keeping it simple. Let's take a look!

Setting Up Your Presentation

Here is Daniel; he is about to give his scientific oral presentation in front of his classmates. He has worked on it for a whole week. He begins his presentation by sharing a story about how he's always heard stories of people cooking eggs on the hoods of their cars and baking cookies inside their cars at work. He then shows some pictures of cooked eggs and really yummy looking cookies that were baked inside a car while the owner was at work. He then proceeds to explain the method he used to find out how it's possible to cook with your car.

After listening to his introduction, don't you feel like you want to continue listening to him? Your not bored but actually interested in what he has to say, especially since he has pictures and videos to show. After Daniel finishes his presentation, you ask him what tips he has to help you in preparing in giving your scientific oral presentation.

Daniel tells you that he first separates his talk into four parts:

1. Introduction. This is where he introduces the problem in a way that his listeners can relate to and also encourages them to want to know the answers as well.

2. Method. This is where he explains how he went about trying to find the answer.

3. Results. This is where he tells his results or what he found out.

4. Conclusion. This section basically summarizes what you've said. It's like giving a condensed version of your talk. A very condensed version.

Daniel finished his talk in under 10 minutes, so if the intro and conclusion are each one minute long, then his method and results can only be four minutes each. That's not long at all!

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