As your students pack for the big SSTFI weekend the SSTFI Staff would like to remind students to throw in clothing that makes them feel comfortable and confident when it comes to presenting.
· Thought should be given to whether or not what a student chooses to wear would make the judge(s) feel comfortable talking to them.
· One should also consider what one will look like up on a huge screen above the stage for all to see.
· Once this is considered also consider that our major $10,000 plus sponsors sit in the front rows below the stage with an upward view where short skirts can show more than a student may mean to show a corporate sponsor. Knee length is always a good rule of thumb or nice fitting dress pants.
We are not asking or advocating that students spend money on new clothes – it is not expected to be a suit and tie event because we know some students do not have this type of attire and some do not feel comfortable in it. We are simply asking that some thought be put into what is appropriate. If you look at the two days of the fair many consider Friday a more casual day where school science t-shirts are fun to see – business casual is also very appropriate. Our SSTFI Staff are asked to wear SSTFI t-shirts with nice jeans or khakis on Friday. Of course a student may dress above this level. Many consider Saturday a more professional day where many students do choose to wear suits (especially at the SH level).
If you have senior high students presenting you should know that the large donors/scholarship sponsors will be on the floor Friday afternoon if that lends itself to a different choice in attire. Teachers with FFA Members – Friday for the Iowa FFA Agriscience Fair – FFA Official Dress is very appropriate but not a requirement.
Research shows that people who dress in attire they feel good in and is appropriate for the occasion/event will have more confidence and poise.
Comfortable judges (without clothing distractions) and confident students is a good goal.
If you want a good resource for business attire definitions and protocols (geared towards interviews) this was a good site: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/InterviewAppearance.html
I especially like this statement: “Dressing nicely and appropriately is a compliment to the person you meet, so if in doubt, err on the side of dressing better than you might need to.”
Just some thoughts as bags are packed.
For more information regarding the SSTFI please visit our website at www.sciencefairofiowa.org
All photos: Dan Welk at Click! Photography