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Guide to SciFest@College Project Success

From Completion to Presentation: A Student's Guide to Excelling at a SciFest@College Regional Fair

Once you have completed your project, the focus shifts towards preparing for presentation at the SciFest@College regional fair. This phase is crucial for showcasing the project's value and ensuring it meets the fair's standards. Below is a guide on the steps you should take post-project completion, along with resources that can aid in your preparation.

Finalising the Project

  1. Review and Refine: Go over your project with a fine-tooth comb. Ensure your research, analysis, and conclusions are solid and well-supported. Make any necessary refinements.
  2. Compliance Check: Revisit the SciFest@College Guidelines to ensure your project complies with all rules, including safety standards and ethical considerations.
  3. Proofread Your Project Report Book: Your Project Report Book should be no more than 50 pages of text. The diagrams, charts, results, appendices, references, etc., are not part of the 50 pages. Use font 11/13 and 1.15 or 1.5 line spacing; do not centre the text.
  4. Create a Compelling Display: Your Display Board is a visual summary of your work. Make it informative and engaging. Include key elements like the title, abstract, introduction, methodology, results, and conclusion. Use charts, graphs, and images to make data more visual.
  5. Peer Review: Share your project with classmates or peers for a fresh perspective. They can offer constructive criticism and help you identify areas for improvement.

Polishing Your Presentation Skills

  1. Prepare Your Presentation: Now that you have completed your project you need to spend some time improving your presentation skills. It is natural to feel nervous so it is very important to be prepared and to Capture the Interest of the Judges at the beginning of your presentation.
  2. Practice, Practice, Practice: Rehearse your presentation multiple times to ensure you are comfortable and confident. Practice in front of a variety of audiences to get used to different types of questions and feedback. It is also a good idea to record your presentation on your mobile phone and then watch it on playback.
  3. Prepare for Questions: Anticipate the questions judges and attendees might ask. Have in-depth answers ready, demonstrating your thorough understanding of the project and its implications.

Final Preparations

  1. Pack Essentials: Ensure you have all necessary materials for the fair, including your display board, any models or prototypes, and a copy of your project report book.
  2. Dress Appropriately: A well-turned-out appearance can make a good impression on judges and attendees.
  3. Stay Informed: Keep an eye on any updates from the fair organisers regarding schedules, venue details, and any last-minute changes.


Preparing for a SciFest@College regional fair after completing your project is a process that involves fine-tuning your project, mastering your presentation, and making practical preparations for the event. By following these steps you can enhance your chances of success and make the most of the opportunity to share your work with a wider audience. Engaging deeply with your project and effectively communicating its significance are key to standing out at a SciFest@College regional fair.

After all the hard work and preparation, we wish you nothing but the best of luck with your project!

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