The business game “City of the Future” is entering the home stretch. At the final training session, the teams received valuable advice on how to prepare their presentations.
English teacher Ksenia Melenchuk, who has participated in many city seminars for young teachers, and Konstantin Pospelov, a leading specialist at the VSUES Youth Center, shared their insights on how to prepare an effective presentation.
“The presentation should be as informative as possible and should attract the audience’s attention,” Ksenia explained, when discussing electronic presentation design. “No one will read long, data-filled sentences. Try to use different types of charts, infographics, pictures and photos, and remember the key rule: one slide, one thought.”
Konstantin Pospelov’s task was no less creative: he was given one hour to teach the students how to present themselves to their listeners.
“Even when the information you present is highly relevant and interesting, if you speak quietly and have a sloppy appearance, there is little chance of winning people’s confidence,” Konstantin noted. “A person who is comfortable in front of the audience and whose speech is well-conceived and convincing always inspires confidence.
The "City of the Future" participants were seven teams of ILS 10th graders, who explored the idea of a future Vladivostok with no traffic jams, with city space that is convenient for mothers with strollers and people with disabilities, and with parks that are well-kept and pleasant to visit.
“This year’s project has developed quite dynamically,” says, economics teacher Maria Nemtsova, holder of a Ph.D. in economics and coordinator of the “City of the Future” business game. “During our four training sessions, the students generated ideas and thought of effective ways to implement them.”
“For our high school students, participation in the business game about how to improve the urban environment serves as a 'dry run' for their future participation in city life,” says ILS Principal Olga Shevchenko. “CSN director Dmitry Alekseev and architect Kirill Solgalov, whose projects on creating a comfortable urban environment for the people of Vladivostok were judged to be the best, will attend the students’ defense of their presentations. It is possible that one of the teams' projects will be included in the list of projects for further discussion by city planners.”