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A tool does not just have to be a device to hold in your hand; rather, it is anything that can help to solve modern problems and to enrich our world.  Since people have walked our planet, we have used all manner of tools to facilitate progress, increase efficiency, and innovate new ideas.  Tools can be diagnostic, forensic, mechanical, destructive, or educational, and these innovations can come from anyone and anywhere.

For example, ever wonder who was the first person to try this??? 


http://youtube.com/watch?v=pZZ60jrw6cg


Or meet Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves: two men who have found a way to light homes lacking electricity without the use of flammable liquids  http://deciwatt.org/the-challenge/ .

Maybe you're thinking, "Well, that is all great, but I am just a high school kid.  What can I do?"  

This is Allison Dana Bick. She was an Intel High Inventor winner who created a mobile app that helps disaster victims test the quality of their drinking water. 


http://youtube.com/watch?v=wX9gTNxe1r8


Lastly, a bonus benefit about being an innovator is that you can make money and be famous... just ask your fellow students! 


 

EQ: What innovation is missing in today's world?  What's YOUR solution?
    
Your task: Using your elemental, molecular, or Newtonian mechanics knowledge, design a concept for an innovation that utilizes science to satisfy a specific need.

You must: 
  1. Brainstorm and find a need based on your science AKS. 
  2. Research the need using at least three reliable sources.  Document your research in an annotated bibliography and integrate your research into your presentation. 
  3. Create an innovation to fulfill the need. Tie your innovation to reality; it needs to be plausible. You need to justify the scientific principles that make your innovation realistic. 
  4. Research the potential for your innovation and put it in historical context. Using at least two more sources, research past innovations that have led up to your invention. Include these sources in your annotated bibliography. Your explanation of the historical context need to be on your website and in your pitch.
  5. Create a written pitch and a oral and visual presentation to present your concept.
  6. Present your pitch using professional presentation skills to an audience consisting of real investors and inventors, with the potential for REAL investment and/or copyright, trademark or patent!


Calendar:


Friday, October 10: Project Kick Off and Group Brainstorming  - Click here to access and make a copy of the Google Proposal Doc
Tuesday, October 14: Project Planning Site DUE (Tech) -  Click here to submit your team website (make it public!)
Thursday, October 16: Project Proposal DUE (LA, SC, SS) - Click here to submit a virtual copy
Friday, October 17: Investors/Inventors visit for quick review of ideas
Monday, October 20: Project Proposal Revisions DUE (LA,SC,SS)
Wednesday, October 22: Mathematics in Your Real World Project Check-in DUE (MA)
Thursday, October 23: Annotated Bibliography DUE (LA) 
Monday October 27: Science Connections Activity DUE (SC)
Wednesday October 29: Social Studies Standards Check-in DUE (SS)
Friday, October 31: Project DUE Date  
Friday, November 7: Project Presentations to Potential Investors!!   Click here for an article and template for the "pitch deck"
**Ongoing: Calendar Updates and Project Planner on Team Site 



Make sure you include the following AKS:

Chemistry: 

  • Compare and contrast trends in chemical and physical properties of elements based on their position on the periodic table (AKS 11b)
  • Identify the chemical and physical properties of metals, nonmetals, and metalloids (AKS 11b1)

Biology: 

  • Describe the four basic types of organic macromolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids) and their functions in the cell (AKS 8K)

Physics:

  • Explain and apply Newton's Three Laws of Motion (AKS 11a-d)
  • Analyze forces in static and dynamic situations (AKS 12a-f)

Language Arts: 

  • Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation (AKS W7)
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience(AKS W4)
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking (AKS L1)
  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task (AKS SL4)

 Math:

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them (SPM_1)
  • Model with mathematics (SPM_4)
  • Attend to precision (SPM_6)

Social Studies: 

  • Construct tables and charts (AKS 21)
  • Write arguments, informative/explanatory texts that draw conclusions and make generalizations (AKS 23)
  • Analyze graphs and diagrams (AKS 24)
  • Write arguments, informative/explanatory text that determine adequacy and/or relevancy of information write arguments, informative/explanatory text that  (SSUH_B2007-27)


Still having trouble coming up with an idea?  Take a look at the attached "Inventor Examples" document to get your brain wheels turning.

(All of the documents below are also located in the Shared Drive in the "Academy Project" folder.)
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Naomi Kirchner,
May 29, 2014, 12:20 PM
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Margaret Rohrbaugh,
Oct 9, 2014, 3:53 AM
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Margaret Rohrbaugh,
Oct 9, 2014, 3:54 AM
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Michael Reilly,
Oct 10, 2014, 3:52 AM
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Margaret Rohrbaugh,
Oct 9, 2014, 3:55 AM
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Margaret Rohrbaugh,
Oct 9, 2014, 3:55 AM
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Margaret Rohrbaugh,
Oct 9, 2014, 3:55 AM
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Michael Reilly,
Oct 10, 2014, 3:53 AM
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Margaret Rohrbaugh,
Oct 9, 2014, 3:55 AM
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Margaret Rohrbaugh,
Oct 9, 2014, 3:55 AM
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Margaret Rohrbaugh,
Oct 9, 2014, 3:55 AM
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Margaret Rohrbaugh,
Oct 9, 2014, 3:56 AM
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