Project 1 - "Weird Science"

You are starting this year with skills and experience, so we are jumping right into it!  On Day 1 we will identify which people are focusing on which technologies.  Then, we will see some cool ways science has been portrayed in popular media.  It's amazing how much there is, and for how long it has occurred.  Your combination in CDAT10 is Language Arts, Chemistry and Technology, and it's up to you how to use them together!

Your project: make a new media product that demonstrates your science knowledge, language arts skills, technology skills, and teamwork.  

In general, we will not immediately develop teams.  You will ALL be responsible for bringing ideas to a discussion, to do brainstorming.  Based on the ideas, teams will develop around the necessary skills.

Once teams are formed, they should review and begin completing the Unit Proposal and Results document (the "UPR"). (This will most likely occur in the first 2 or 3 days of the project.)  At this time you should also have a team website that hosts resources, team notes, and daily responsibilities.  

Then, on to learning, considering how to apply it to your project, and developing your skills to make it happen.

General timeline:

  • Projects begin Aug. 6
  • Each teacher will have assignments and evaluations (quizzes, interviews, etc.) over the next weeks.
  • A very clear UPR should be outlined by Aug. 13 
  • A high-quality demo is due Aug. 20 (but it should be ready earlier if you're good).
  • Chemistry test is Aug. 24 
  • Final Projects due Aug. 30.  You should decide where you are hosting this, sharing this earlier, so you can be ready. (This is the date of delivery. You should be focusing on much higher quality products, so you should actually try to be early.)  Also, you should have the UPR finished by this date, and attached or linked on your team site.  
  • Additional quizzes, reviews, items due will be assigned by subject teachers within this timeframe.


Beyond the project, there will be other assignments such as quizzes, etc.  As we develop as a teacher team, we'll get better at putting "stuff that is due" here.

  • Aug. 10 - draft/storyboard/script (Reilly)
  • Aug. 13 - UPR due
  • Aug. 15 - demonstration of project work to date and team website for regular communication (Reilly) 
  • Aug. 20 - high-quality demo - not anything done, a good example of one part (Reilly)
  • Aug. 22 - demonstration of project work to date and team website for regular communication (Reilly)
  • Aug. 24 - review of how Tech AKS are implemented in the project (Reilly)
  • Aug. 30 - final product due  


Language Arts AKS (not in your project, but may be part of UPR):

      20)  Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

           a) Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

           b) Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.

           c) Use appropriate and varied transitions to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.

           d) Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic.

           e) Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

           f) Use documents to clarify details or support claims.

           g) Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).

Technology AKS (to be demonstrated in your project or UPR):

      These depend on the specific technologies you choose for the year.  Each group should review the AKS for their choice, and see which they can implement.  Discuss this with Reilly if you need assistance.

Chemistry AKS (to be demonstrated in your project or UPR):
Properties of matter
        -Chemical / Physical
        -Phases of Matter
Law of Conservation of Mass
Density--how to calculate
Element vs. Compound


Michael Reilly,
Jul 31, 2012, 6:54 PM