Projects 2017-2018


posted May 31, 2018, 5:09 AM by Margaret Rohrbaugh

Last Project: It's the end of the world as we know it!

posted Apr 10, 2018, 12:39 PM by Naomi Kirchner   [ updated Apr 13, 2018, 7:14 AM ]

Is the use of weapons of mass destruction justified?

*Create a project that uses research and argumentative strategies to defend and explain your position.
*Find a historical or current example of a destructive weapon that supports your position.
*Explain the ecological ramifications of that destructive event. 

Beginning - Plan  

Friday, April 13: Project Planning Document

  1. Group member names

  2. Define weapon of mass destruction

  3. Identify three examples of WMD usage or threat

    1. Find five facts about each of your three examples

4. Based on your initial research, describe what you might want to focus your project on.

                a. Determine three research questions to investigate next week in the media center.

 *Biology Classwork Grade*

Submit your project planning document here on this google form.

Middle - Think

Wednesday, April 18: Research due via your Scrible site. You need to utilize three sources per person. Make sure your Scrible research is shared with all your group members.

Scrible passcodes:

        Gray Group: pggc4vg3         Orange Group: po9ku4gj         Black Group: rju5vy49

  *LA Classwork Grade*

Monday, April 23: Updated Project Planning Document DUE. You need to include the following:

  1. What is your position on WMDs?

  2. What historical event(s) are you basing your argument around?

  3. How will you convey your perspective? What will your final product be?

   *World History Classwork Grade*

Friday, April 27:  Script/Storyboard/Blueprint/Prototype Due

Middle - Do

Monday, April 30 - Friday, May 4: Create your project!

Thursday, May 3: Update your Project Planning Document DUE. You need to include the following:

  1. Explain in detail how you are answering the biology standard in your project.

  2. Explain in detail how you are answering the world history standard in your project.

  3. What rhetorical strategies are you using in your presentation? Explain the argumentative techniques you are using.

 *Biology Summative Grade*

Thursday, May 3: Peer Evaluation. Be prepared to present your rough cut to the class and your teachers.

Monday, May 7 - Friday, May 11: Work on revising your project

End - Show

Monday, May 12: Final Project Due

 *World History Summative Grade*

 *Biology Summative Grade*

Monday, May 12 - Friday, May 16: Presentations

 *LA Summative Grade*

Project 5: The Walking C-Dead

posted Feb 3, 2018, 11:18 AM by Naomi Kirchner   [ updated Feb 19, 2018, 9:49 AM ]

The virus is spreading! Zombies are everywhere! Can you survive?

You will create a project that:

  • create a narrative piece about zombies-- must include characters, conflict, and elements of a short story

    • write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequence

    • analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text

You must also use a tech skill of your choice to show of your skills. How you deliver your story is up to you. Be creative and have fun with this!


Monday 2/5: Launch Project

Tuesday 2/6: Do your independent "Brainwriting", the first section of this attachment (in writing)   (classwork grade for Science)

Wednesday, 2/7: Create project groups, and share your "Brainwriting" ideas.  Be sure to follow the protocol in Section 2 of this doc

Thursday 2/8: Humans vs Zombies Ends

Monday, 2/12:

  • Submit your team project planning document on this form (click here) - each person on the team needs to do this.

  • Be sure to have all team members names on the document and make sure all team members have access to the document.

  • Start working on your Treatment/Pitch/Description for your project

                Determine your story line. Flesh out conflicts and characters.
                Determine what you are making. How will you embody your story using your tech skills?

Wednesday, 2/14:
  • Treatment/Pitch/Project Description (these are synonyms) should be on the team site.
  • More details will be posted here soon regarding the rubric for a good Treatment/Summary/Pitch (LA grade or tech grade)

  • Start working on more detailed items like Storyboards, Scripts, etc., as soon as you finish your Treatment/Summary/Pitch

Friday, 2/16: First Draft Items for Narrative DUE- (LA grade)

  • A First Draft Item is a completed script, storyboard, engineering design, etc. (more links will be posted here soon).

Wednesday 2/21

  • Final draft of product and narrative due (Tech grade)

Thursday/Friday 3/6

  • Product and Project  presentations(LA Grade)

Project 4: #CDATis #YCDAT

posted Jan 18, 2018, 9:25 AM by Naomi Kirchner   [ updated Jan 19, 2018, 6:42 AM ]

The Launch!

Make a meme for #CDATis

  • Email your meme to the teacher

  • Memes will go up around the CDAT hall

  • Winning meme will be made into a tee shirt

The project!

Your task: Create a video that answers the questions: Why CDAT? Or CDAT is….?

  • If you would like to create a project via a different media, talk to your teachers.

You must first determine your audience:

  • future CDAT students (focusing on recruiting underrepresented populations)

  • current CDAT students

  • future employers

Some ideas to consider:

  • Your current pet peeves and how to solve them

  • How to promote CDAT for rising freshmen

  • A CDAT mission and vision

  • How to recruit more girls into CDAT


  • Group sizes-- no more than four
  • Video must contain a clear mission and vision statement communicating the purpose and goal of CDAT
  • Video will be no more that 3 min in length
  • All information will be communicated clearly and concisely (no paragraphs of text)


  • Meme-- due day of the launch

  • Your project planning document with all group members' names submitted here -- due Friday, January 19

  • Team plan/ proposal (put on planning doc)-- due Tuesday, January 23

  • Final product: Google video in Google drive--due Wednesday, January 31


  • Your project will be used to recruit middle schoolers and will be put on the school facebook page.

  • You will be invited to a launch party that will include delicious food!

Due: January 31

Project 2: Pick your Poison!

posted Sep 5, 2017, 10:40 AM by Naomi Kirchner   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 5:25 AM ]

For this project, you have a couple of options. 

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1. You may conduct a science experiment or create an math/engineering project and compete in the Lanier Science Fair. 
2. You may create a series of five mini projects to demonstrate your understanding of several social studies standards. 

First task: Create a project planning document and submit it in the google classroom. Due by Friday, 9/8.
Second task: One person from each group should submit this form. Due by Friday 9/8.
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Science Fair Calendar of Deliverables:

Idea and Research Topic: Due on Tuesday 9/12

Annotated Bibliography (includes at least five sources): Due on Friday 9/15

To turn in: Put on your Team Planning Document (link to a google doc on your planning document)

Research Plan: Due on Friday 9/29

Pitch Deck and Initial Data: Due on Friday 10/13

Science Fair Resources:

Social Studies Project Calendar of Deliverables:

Here is the choice board of options.

Mini Project 1: Due on Monday 9/18

    To turn in: Put in the Drop Box on Mrs. Barrett's EClass Page

Mini Project 2: Due on Monday 9/25

Mini Project 3: Due on Monday 10/2

Mini Project 4: Due on Friday 10/6

Mini Project 5: Due on Friday 10/13

Grouping Requirements:

Science Fair: One to three people in a group

Social Studies: Groups of two and you can’t work with someone you worked with during the last project

Project 1: Ancient Macromolecules

posted Aug 2, 2017, 12:36 PM by Naomi Kirchner   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 4:57 AM by Margaret Rohrbaugh ]

Your task is to pick one ancient river valley civilization and one macromolecule. You will synthesize these two concepts and research ways that your macromolecule and civilization are connected.

For Example: Consider how carbohydrates may have impacted (rise/fall/success/failure) various aspects of Egyptian culture including nutrition, economics/trade, religion, and foreign exploration.

You will need to draw on what you learn in world history, biology, and conduct your own research. There may not be easy answers and you may need to synthesize information and develop your own hypotheses/interpretations.

This is also an opportunity to show off your best tech skills from your freshmen year!


Create a project using the technology of your choice that:
    • Address how each STAIR characteristic is represented in your civilization (specialized workers, technology, advanced cities, government, religion, record keeping)

    • Includes at least one example of cultural diffusion

    • Includes properties of the macromolecule

  1. What are the essential elements of the macromolecule?

  2. What is its monomer?

  3. What is the basic structure?

  4. What are roles/significance of the macromolecule?

      • Includes 2 connections/facts between your selected macromolecule and region

    • Includes all sources in MLA format

Groups: Three to four people, based on your CDAT group

Calendar & Deliverables Schedule

Thursday, August 10:

  • Kickoff and make teams (teams are based on biology classes)

  • Build a team planning document-- instructions are here.

Friday, August 11:

  • (DUE) Work on your team planning document.

    • Determine macromolecule and region.

    • Come up with a preliminary project idea.

    • Develop at least three preliminary questions.

Monday, August 14:

  • During 2A, you will develop a research question bank

  • You will work with the teachers to develop brainstorming questions to Depth of Knowledge Level 3 and 4 questions

  • Submit your groups' final questions here.

    • Teachers will put questions together in a bank

  • (DUE) Teams must decide on at THREE DOK 3,4 questions. Must be put on team planning document by end of day Tuesday (8/15)

Tuesday and Wednesday, August 15-16:

  • Work on research in LA

  • (DUE - Wed) Create a fact sheet. Here are the requirements. Put your fact sheet on your team site by Wednesday, August 16.

  • Use your fact sheet and what you are learning about your macromolecule and river valley civilization to begin answering/justifying your group’s questions. This will be due at the end of the project.

Friday, August 18:

  • (DUE) Create a detailed plan for your project: script, storyboard, outline, content blueprint. Requirements are here.

Monday, August 21:

  • Lesson on SCRUM. Your group will break down your proposed project into manageable tasks. (2A)

  • Create a detailed plan for your project: script, storyboard, outline, content blueprint (using the SCRUM process)

Thursday, August 24:

  • (DUE) Written justification - answers to your group’s DOK questions.

  • (DUE) Completed project. Show a teacher for preliminary feedback. Please see the attached rubric for evaluation here.

Friday, August 25:

  • Group reflection and final edits on project.

Monday, August 28:

  • Present completed projects

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