Walking C-Deeeaaadddd

posted Mar 3, 2016, 3:50 AM by Naomi Kirchner   [ updated Jun 12, 2016, 11:46 AM ]

The Walking CDAT.mp4

It's time to use your brrrrraaaaaaiiiiiiinnnnnnnsssss!

Driving Question: How would you survive the walking dead?

For this project, you will be creating a tech piece that relates to The Walking Dead and zombies.  Your goal is to create a project that would either improve the lives of the characters inside The Walking Dead or improve the script or production of the TV show. Although this project should be fun, it will also be rooted in your core academic standards for science. After all, even the CDC is concerned about the threat of zombies.

You will pick ONE science standard to focus on.

Science Standards:


    • Acids Bases: 14b3 - identify the reactants and products in an acid-base neutralization reaction
    • Acid Bases:14c - classify common substances as acid, base or neutral based on chemical properties
    • Thermochemistry: 13c - collect data in order to calculate the amount of heat given off or taken in by chemical or physical processes
    • Thermochemistry: 13c1 - use the specific heat equation to determine unknown values of mass, specific heat, energy, and temperature change
    • Kinetics: 9b - explain the role of equilibrium in chemical reactions 
    • Kinetics: 12a - understand the effects of changing concentration, temperature and pressure on chemical reactions  


    • Evolution 1A:2- Natural selection acts on phenotypic variations in populations
    • Evolution1B:1- Organisms share many conserved core processes and features that evolved and are widely distributed among organisms today.
    • Viruses 3C:3- Viral replication results in genetic variation, and viral infection can introduce genetic variation into the hosts
    • Biological Molecules 4A;1- The subcomponents of biological molecules and the sequence of those molecules determine the properties of that molecule
    • Biological Molecules 4B:1- Interactions between molecules affect their structure and function


    • 12f) determine by experiment the effect of unbalanced forces in overcoming inertia (including the effect of sliding and static frictional forces)
    • 18) identify and describe a system of torque-producing forces acting in equilibrium
    • 18a) solve problems (mathematically and experimentally) using the equation torque = lever arm x force for forces only acting at right angles
    • 16b) apply the Law of Conservation of Momentum in one dimension to solve elastic and inelastic collision problems
    • 16c) demonstrate the Law of Conservation of Momentum in experimental situations such as collisions and ballistic studies 
    • 21d) illustrate and analyze through the use of Ohm’s Law steady-state DC circuits in series and parallel to determine the voltage across, current through, total resistance of and power dissipated/added by each element in the circuit
    • 21e) explain the nature of household circuits and the use of fuses and circuit breakers within them  

Check back regularly for updates!!


  • Thursday, March 3: Kick off, should be fun

  • Friday, March 4: Do your independent "Brainwriting", the first section of this attachment (in writing)

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

  • Tuesday, March 8: Begin new academy groups and start working on projects.  
    • Choose your group.
    • Start sharing your ideas.
    • Someone volunteer to create the team site and SHARE IT with your team members.
    • Each week, meet in scrums during every academy time EXCEPT Wednesdays.
    • Teachers will check scrum website or other tools for team communication at least once per week per team.

  • Thursday, March 10: Team website submitted to form 
    • Submit your team website on this form (click here) - each person on the team needs to do this
    • Be sure to have all team members names on the site, make sure all team members have access to the site.
    • Start working on your Treatment/Pitch/Description for your project.

  • Tuesday, March 15: 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
    • Start working on more detailed items like Storyboards, Scripts, etc., as soon as you finish your Treatment/Summary/Pitch

  • Tuesday, March 22: SCIENCE CONTENT Justification and First Draft Items  DUE
    • A First Draft Item is a completed script, storyboard, engineering design, etc. (more links will be posted here soon)
    • A SCIENCE CONTENT Justification is the explanation of where your SCIENCE STANDARD is explained how you demonstrated in your draft, and how they accomplish the AKS. Fill out the CORE CONTENT Justification form below.

      Walking CDead CORE CONTENT Justification

  • Thursday, March 24: Receive feedback on justification/treatment from your teachers.  You do not wait on feedback, you should continue making your product assuming your draft is good to go, and make changes later.

  • Thursday/Friday, March 24/25:  Have your Second Draft ready, which should be a strong example of the product, between 50-75% complete.

  • Tuesday, March 29:  Presentations