The Environmental Issues Slam features a series of 5-minute timed presentations from middle and high school students on an environmental issue of their choice. The audience and a panel of judges vote separately to choose which presentation was the best. Prizes are awarded to the winners (details coming soon). The Slam is intended to inform and entertain the audience, as well as educate the presenters during the development of their issue. Interested students need to register, space is limited. If registration is full, a short wait list will be established.
Students should pick an environmental issue which is simple, straightforward, and can be summarized in a 5 minute presentation. The presentation should aim to highlight why the issue is important and what the audience should be aware of concering the issue. Students should select their specific issue and presentation title as soon as possible so they can start researching their issue.
For the research and presentations, students can work in a group or on their own. Any type of audio-visual aids are allowed. A computer, screen, projector, microphone will be provided. The judges will use a rubric to choose the winner. Refer to the rubric when designing your presentation. Find the rubric and supporting information at wetsciencecenter.org/earthday. If you have questions, or would like to be paired with a mentor to provide assistance and feedback on your presentation, contact Amber Smith at email@example.com or (360) 528-5742.
- The most successful presentations are generally fast moving and entertaining.
- Be creative! Presentations may include costumes, music, rapping, skit, audience participation, etc.
- Have a simple, but important, environmental lesson or point to be made. Make sure your issue is not too large in scale or too general.
- Consider highlighting a local environmental issue that the audience can relate to.
- Suggest a potential solution to your chosen environmental issue. Make sure it’s realistic and not too difficult to implement.
- Check your facts and make sure your presentation is accurate.
- Look at the rubric to see the criteria the judges are using.
- Practice. Practice. Practice.
- Have fun!!
This event is sponsored by: Pacific Shellfish Institute, Washington Foundation for the Environment, South Sound Estuary Association, and LOTT's WET Science Center.