Scenario- Your supervisor at USFWS has asked you to participate in public outreach at local schools. A middle school class (6th graders) is learning about biological diversity and has asked for a biologist to visit. Your supervisor would like you to develop a presentation about local organisms in your region.
Presentation- For this assignment, create and record this presentation with a target audience of 6th grade middle-school, science students.
Choose 3 unique species found in your course project geographic region. You may use species described in your Diversity Poster from Week 2. Your three organisms must include:
A multicellular organism that is not an animal or plant
Find one peer-reviewed journal article for each selected species (3 articles total) discussing one aspect of their biology. This article may describe primary research on how the organism functions or describe research on potential changes to that function due to human impact, such as pollution or climate change. This article must be incorporated into one of the slides pertaining to that organism and described in your oral discussion.
Create a presentation with supporting PowerPoint or Google Slides to teach the students about your organisms.
Your presentation will cover the following processes for each organism (9 slides total):
How the organism obtains and circulates energy and/or nutrients, citing 2 anatomical features that assist this process. (1 slide)
An example of how the organism responds to the external environment, citing an anatomical or physiological feature that helps it do so. (1 slide)
How the organism regulates their internal environment, providing 1 specific example. (1 slide)
**Remember to incorporate your peer-reviewed journal article for each species into your discussion.
Conclusions (3 slides)
Provide one anatomical or physiological feature of each organism that separates it from other similar species. (1 slide)
Compare and contrast the biological processes described between your 3 organisms. Highlight similarities between function and state major differences seen. (1 slide)
Assess why the organization of systems is important for the efficiency of biological processes, providing reasoning with citations. (1 slide)
Record yourself giving this presentation using Canvas Studio screen capture. Please remember the following when creating the presentation: A few things to consider:
How to turn complicated ideas into simple conceptsLinks to an external site.
Four steps to explaining scientific conceptsLinks to an external site.
To engage 6th graders, you will need to keep your presentation interesting and concise!
Making your concepts understandable means you need to work to make the complicated content accessible, accurate, thorough, and understandable for 6th graders. It can be challenging to make complicated processes seem simple and this takes practice. Consider reviewing these websites to assist in meeting your audience:
Use visuals and minimal text on your slides. The visuals on each slide should be talking points from which you orally elaborate on the main subject.
Be enthusiastic as you speak – if you are interested, they will be interested.
Don’t read the information, but discuss the content. That means you will need to know the content and PRACTICE before you record.
Incorporate scientific sources and provide references at the end of your presentation on a Reference Slide.
Your presentation should be 5-8 minutes in length and should contain at least 12 slides.