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January Project Check-ins (cut and paste the following information into your wiki for this course. Include everything from here on down to the horizontal grey line).
Project planning resource guide completed?
Project idea chosen and approved by Mr. M/Mr. Jacobs?
Action plan/next steps: Take a moment in the space below to reflect upon the next several steps that you and your partner will be taking. In addition to your action plan, please create a timeline by month. Our goal is to have your projects wrapped up by mid-May.
March (we are on vacation the last 2 weeks of March)
May (DC Trip for 8th Graders)
Snipping Six Pack Rings
Plastic Grocery Bag Reduction Program-
Recycling Plastic Grocery Bags
trash in our oceans and waterways
Oceans turning into plastics
See JB Dill's video file
on his water purification project in Africa.
Manage worm bins
Create a solar charging station
Worming w/a Lower School classroom
impervious and previous pavement
and what it does to the eco-system, rain barrels and their impact on storm water runoff, rain gardens, etc.
in Victoria, BC
Research rain gardens-design a plan for installing a rain garden at your home. Perhaps even install the rain garden with your family! More on rain gardens and Milwaukee Metro Sewage District's Rain Garden Grant Program
. MMSD even has a grant program that will pay for some of the plants!
50 Simple Things
Team up and create a USM Environmental Science Newsletter
Create a documentary about a positive initiative here at USM (eg-the composting project, the recycling program, etc)
to see some excellent student created documentaries on environmental issues.
Read a book that you are interested in and present upon it
Develop an energy reduction plan for your home
. Try implementing the plan!
Create a wiki that raises environmental awareness about an issue.
Create a PSA
on an environmental issue...another
on an environmental issue
Help USM learn about the
safe routes to schools
program. The program helps schools consider and implement a program that makes the school and neighborhood safer for bike traffic and pedestrians.
Throughout your project, you must do the following:
1. Document your experience with photos, videos, and reflections in the form of a wiki
2. Create some type of culminating presentation (a video
Upon completion of your project
, you must present your project. The manner in which you present is completely up to you.
Project Planning Resource Guide
Surf through the web links and print resources with your partner to get a little background information on some potential projects. After you have spent a good amount of time perusing these resources, begin your brainstorming activity using this project planning resource guide.
>Cut and Paste this the following text into a wiki page called, "Project Planning."
-Brainstorm at least 5 different projects that you and your partner could work on-do not evaluate ideas at this point, just get them down:
-Evaluate each of your ideas on the following criteria:
Impact on USM/local community
How achievable or realistic is the idea?
How "Global" is your topic?
How fun and interesting is the idea?
Rate each idea on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest and 1 the lowest
(must be approved by Mr. J and Mr. M)
Tally up totals in the final column on the chart and make your topic selection
Identify Potential Resources
(interviews, assistance, etc):
(identify a few resources in the community that you could visit):
(website links, videos, etc):
(reference books, magazines, etc)
What kind of potential for global connections does your project offer? Could you collect data from folks abroad about the issue?
How will you use technology to collaborate and pull this information together?
Culminating Project Idea Possibilities:
PSA Video, website to share knowledge, a VoiceThread, a series of blog postings about your experience, etc. Brainstorm out a few ideas for your
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"