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Project 5--Innovation and Rebellion

Rebellion isn’t necessarily bad; it’s not accepting status quo.

Martin Fisher did not want to accept poverty in Kenya, so he made a plan that has now started 150,000 businesses and helped over 700,000 people remove themselves from poverty. Here's his simple 5-step process.

The GravityLight was invented to help the 1.5 BILLION people who do not have reliable electricity, especially for light. This uses no fuel, produces no harmful fumes. Prefer playing soccer to generate light? Check out the invention.

But you don't have to travel the world for problems to solve, you can also think about a problem that needs to be solved around your own town, your own community.

Your task:

Investigate and research an innovation/discovery from the past 50 years - here's a start

Invent a concept/innovation that satisfies a current need - this contest will give you $25,000!

All projects would need to address:
    • What is the problem or opportunity that the invention addresses?

    • How will this solve it, in method, as well as measurement of success?

All projects will need to include:
    • A scientific rationale and fact-based research using at least 5 sources

    • An annotated bibliography of research (CRITICAL)

    • A visual project that "pitches" your own invention/idea 

    • A visual project that explains the innovation of the past
    • An end point reflection

If you are currently working on a project for a contest, it most likely fulfills these requirements, but check with us when we begin.

Dates for this project:
  • Start - Feb. 18

  • End - March 7
Technology requirements:
  • By Feb. 19, create a team website, and submit it to the "Portfolio Listing Form" which will be linked on the CDAT10 site - simple rubric for grading here
  • By Feb. 20, have the following on your team site:
    • Main page - Names of team members, a paragraph summary of the idea you will research
    • Weekly Plan page - A clear list of each team member, and what specific things they will contribute by Monday, Feb. 25 ( a plan for the next week).
    • Bibliography page - keep a clear, annotated bibliography here of all sources (might be empty, but start it)
  • By Feb. 26 (click here for website interview rubric)
    • Update your Weekly Plan page for this week, with specific tasks assigned to specific team members
    • Be ready to show a draft of your concept, you only have 9 school days left! There should definitely be a storyboard at this time. (Suggestion: use Google Drive to make a Presentation or Drawing) (click here for rubric for site with storyboard, script)
  • By Mar. 4
    • Your goal should be a finished proposal (storyboard, script, bibliography, reflection) by this time. However, not all contests and other things will match this date, so there should be more progress than last week in this case. NEVER plan to work until the last day, plan to be done early. YOU ARE NOT making a movie yet, you're making a scientific, evidence-based case for something.
    • Update the Weekly Plan for your team. Think about each day of the week, and who can do what.
  • By Mar. 7 - Put your project in the Project 5 folder.
  • Individual technology skills will need to be shown by students according to their chosen tech, it is up to the student if the tech is demonstrated in the project or something separate. See the Calendar for the required tech skills.
Science and Language Arts requirements:
  • By Feb. 25
    • Have a detailed, complete annotated bibliography on your team's site.
  • By Feb. 26
    • Be ready to show a draft of your concept, you only have 9 school days left! There should definitely be a storyboard at this time. (Suggestion: use Google Drive to make a Presentation or Drawing)
  • By March 1 - Put your project in the Project 5 folder. The combined science and LA rubric is linked below.
Naomi Kirchner,
Feb 24, 2014, 8:35 AM