Physics Presentations

Tips for Presenters

  • Practice with the equipment.
    • Be sure the school set up has what your demonstration needs. (L&C)
    • Allow sufficient set up time.
  • Go with experienced people, at least to begin.
  • Two on a visit is much better than one, and "pass the buck" every few minutes.
  • Relax, they're just kids.
  • Look at the students as much as you can.
  • Speak loudly - "better to shout than mumble."
  • Relate concepts to things in the students' everyday lives.
  • Don't do "spectacular" demonstrations in the middle of presentations. Students will be distracted for the rest of the presentation. (Spectra tubes, Van deGraph)
  • Ask them questions . . . but only ones they might be able to answer.
  • Engage the students whenever possible . . . don't do something if a kid can do it.
  • Show the students that you are having fun and that science is FUN.
    • Better to make it fun than to make it "like a class."
    • Be there to entertain, do not try to over teach the subject.
    • Don't bother as much about teaching them physics than as much about teaching them that physics is fascinating.
    • Let them see that scientists are normal people.
    • Encourage them to try things at home.
  • Tell the girls (especially at middle school ages) that lots of women work in science and often better than men.