LBSS Honors Chemistry
Independent Science Research Project

All LBSS Honors Chemistry students are required to complete an independent
science research project that will be evaluated by an outside expert in
addition to teacher evaluation. Students are to work in groups of three.
Competition Deadline: January 15, 2015.

What will the finished ExploraVision project look like?

Abstract (1 page)
Description (11 pages)
Bibliography (1 page)
Sample Web Pages (5 pages)

Summarize your proposed future technology and other relevant information.
This document must precede other project components and should be on a
separate page. It does not count as part of the description. Mandatory
criteria: No more than 150 words (typed, double-spaced and clearly
labeled). This will be the LAST component you complete!

Prepare a written description of the project on no more than 11 typed,
double-spaced pages (you may also use a combination of text and artwork).
This is a long term project and if you completed all the required "research
and worksheets' as suggested, these documents will be combined to create
the 11 page description. The description must include the following 6
sections in this exact order:

Present Technology (1): Give an overview of the present form of the
technology, including some scientific principles involved in how it
functions. Define a key challenge or limitation of this present technology
that you will address in your ExploraVision project.

History-Technology Timeline (2): Research and describe the history of the
technology from its inception.

Future Technology (3): Describe the team's vision for what this technology
will be like in 20 years - including scientific principles involved in
developing the technology.

Breakthroughs (4): Research and describe breakthroughs that are necessary
to make the future technology design a reality. Why doesn't this future
technology exist today? Choose one of your required breakthroughs and
describe a research project that would have to be planned and carried out
to test your ExploraVision project. If possible, include the kind of data
or measurements that would be collected in the investigation.

Design Process (5): Describe three alternative ideas or features the team
considered for this ExploraVision project. The ideas and features should be
directly related to the project, not a list of other projects you may have
submitted. Describe why the team rejected each feature and idea in favor of
the ones in the submitted ExploraVision technology. Describe how your
future technology feature is better than the rejected design feature.
Consequences (6): Recognizing that all technologies have positive and
negative consequences, describe the potential positive and negative
consequences of the new technology on society.

Tip: The Future Technology, Breakthroughs, Design Process and Consequences
sections are the most heavily weighted when assigning points in the
judging. Therefore it makes sense to devote at least two-thirds of the
description to these areas.

Bibliography-use APA format
All sources used in researching the chosen technology should be referenced
here. (This does not count as part of the description.) Mandatory criteria:
Sources must be clearly labeled and include title, author, publisher and
copyright date. Also include Internet sources, interviews and non-original
graphics. Footnotes are encouraged, but not required.

Before Deadline ONE...

. Team Formation and Registration
. Brainstorming: during this time, students will name existing
technologies they would like to explore.
. Introduce Research Methods
|Due Dates at a Glance (deadlines are tentative and may change) |
|October 30 Deadline ONE |
|Getting to Know the Subject |
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|Suggestion: I will create a shared folder for your project in GoogleDocs |
|Use GoogleDocs to hold all independent research project information (including this|
|paper). |
|Create Pages within your Google folder for the following: |
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|Present Technology History Future Technology |
|Breakthroughs |
|Design Process Consequences Bibliography |
|Web Pages |
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|Parent and Student Document of Understanding signed by student and parent. (This |
|can be found at the end of this packet). One for EACH student. |
|Complete Worksheet: Choosing a Topic |
|After you have your team, it's time to choose a topic. You might pick something |
|that you've always wondered about ("Why doesn't X do this?") or that has always |
|interested you ("How could I build a better X?"). As a team, brainstorm some ideas |
|and see if there are any ideas or areas of study that stand out. Consider these |
|tips when selecting a topic: |
|Get ideas from everyday life. Look at the tools and technologies people use every |
|day - it could be as simple as a pencil or as complex as a quantum computer. |
|Solve a problem. Identify a problem that a current technology does not solve, and |
|then imagine possible solutions. |