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Group Exploration in Global Scientific Issues

As Global Citizens, you and your partners will explore and present current hot topics in science.  You will use a variety of  media to showcase your research, engage your audience and share what you have learned.  In this final lesson, you will be the teacher and the world will be your audience.

Project Mission

  1. You and your team must choose a topic from those listed below or see me to approve a topic of your choice.  Your topic must be a current scientific global issue.
  2. Your goal is to inform your fellow citizens about your topic.
  3. Make sure you include a variety of viewpoints for various stakeholders.

Suggested Process:

  1. Choose a topic.
  2. Open a Word document and go out and find information on your topic.  Include text, pictures, video clips, games etc.  Make sure you also copy the url of those sites to use for your references,
  3. Have a group meeting and list questions.  Brainstorm about your topic.
  4. Use Tackk to create a presentation on your topic.  Each person will create their own tackk and will get an individual grade on that.  Each group will choose the best tack in their group (10pt bonus for the selected tackk) and integrate the best portions of the other team makers tackk to create the best group presentation.
  5. Do not copy and paste text from others. Use your own words.  Keep it simple and easy to read. Use bullets where appropriate.
  6. Tag your Tackk.  Select the 'Options' tab in the editor (4th tab), where it says "Tackkboards." Click and type mscarter8period?  Insert your class period in the question mark place.

Project Assessment

Project Requirements:

1.  Ebola

2. Nepal Earthquake

3. Hydrofracking Are We in the Middle of the Biggest Natural Gas Rush in the history of the world?


5. Climate Change... Is it real?


6. Nanotechnology

7. A Burning Science Topic of your Choice (Must be approved First)

Please enter Your Special Topic Request here (If you are already in a group of approved topics, you don't have to request)


You will be graded through a variety of methods:

  • Peer Assessment
  • Collaboration Assessment
  • Self Evaluation
  • Teacher Evaluation of  Individual Tackk and Group Final Presentation

Your Tackk must include:

1. General information about your topic.  What, Who, When Where How (50 points)

2. Explore opposing sides of your topic (pros and cons) analyze information, and present the facts. (50 points)

3. Text, photos, videos, graphs or data if appropriate, maps.(-------

4. Interesting facts.

5. You will also be graded on the overall appearance of your tackk.  Have you used headlines, a variety of media, is it easy to read?

  • Please put your name or names on the end of your Tack and tag it  #mscarter8period(whatever period you have my class)

content Standards Covered

21C.O.5-8.2.TT.2  Student collaborates with peers, experts, and others using telecommunications and collaborative tools to investigate curriculum-related problems, issues, and information, and to develop solutions or products for audiences inside and outside the classroom.

SC.O.8.3.2  investigate, compare and design scientific and technological solutions to personal and societal problems.

SC.O.8.3.4  collaborate to present research on current environmental and technological issues to predict possible solutions.

SC.O.8.3.6  given a current science-technology-societal issue, construct and defend potential solutions.

Comment Stream

2 years ago

Please post questions or comments here!

2 years ago

we are doing "Where have the butterflies gone"

2 years ago

is there a certain length that it has to be? it wasn't in the requirements, but I just wanted to be sure! 😁

2 years ago

no she said it doesn't matter @claudiarenee

2 years ago

How do I tag it to you?

2 years ago

You can tag mscarterperiod? fill in your period in the comment section and it will tag me. It does have to meet the requirements dearies.

2 years ago