Perhaps the most important part of your engagement
with Astronomy this Spring will be your research project.
Student team research project talks - Astronomy - Spring
Sirens - Odelle
Lariviere , Milu Karp, and Laura Cheek
||Other Life in the
Universe - Cy
Stars - James
Burke and Charlie Rymer
by Sasha, Stephanie,
project - Saf, Phil,
Planets? by Elaine
Harman, with an article
by Marcy and Butler
by Caylin, Julie, and Jeremie
Big Crunch - Katherine, Parker, Molly
Holes - Kai,
moons - Laura and Lisa
||Messier Objects - Tacy
Uldrich and Amanda Robinson - (Twinkling
Asteroids- Kamala, Andrea,
In 2-4 person teams, everyone should:
- A) do a library research project and
- B) do an observing project
- C) produce your final report as a Web page, including a bibliography
It would make sense to do both your library research and your observing
on the same topic. If you'd like to do two independent projects
instead, discuss it with Zita and LLyn by week 2. Ordinarily, one topic
will be plenty and two will stretch you too thinly.
- week 1: Brainstorm project ideas in class;
find potential members of your research team during afternoon group
work sessions. Attend the Introduction to Web Authoring workshop and get
your own Web page.
- week 2: Write up a one-page draft describing
your proposed research project and team. Tell
us your title, etc. by email, and we will set up a Web link for you
in the project folder:
- Every week: Get out and OBSERVE, (re-)read another
article, meet with your team and, together, fill out a project
- week 3: Post your team's draft research
proposal on your team Web page, during our Advanced Web Authoring Workshop.
Help all team members to continually update your site, so that you
can all share information efficiently.
- week 4 and throughout the quarter:
Each team member will research the group's topic, discuss progress
and challenges with each other, communicate in person, share information
on your Web page, and help peers to keep focused and engaged.
Your research tutorial should focus on the science and include
consideration of contexts and meanings.
- week 5: Prepare a three-page interim
report on your research project with your team. Post (or link) it on
your team Web page, and bring a hardcopy of your report and
your best article to your team conference with Zita next week. Make
relevant links to Web sites you are finding useful.
Include a description of your project, your progress,
each team member's tasks, a bibliography
(with a sentence about the level and reliability of each source), and a
list of goals you'd like to complete by the end of this quarter.
Also please print out a copy of the first page of your web page,
with your URL in the header.
Regarding bringing a hardcopy of the best article on your topic
that you've found (from a journal such as Astronomy, Scientific American,
Earth, Nature, Discover, etc.): If your favorite source is a book, bring
that in addition to your best article. If your favorite sources
are web sites, make links to them on your web page so I can browse
them at your conference, but do not rely on these as your primary sources
- bring the hardcopy article too.
- week 6: Meet as a group with your professor
to discuss progress so far, and use the rest of the week to really concentrate
on your research. Bring all the stuff you prepared in week 5 (above).
- weeks 7-8: Every group should participate in
Science Fair on Friday.14.May. Make a poster of your research-in-progress
and present it in the Library lobby area. Astronomy will pay your
$5 registration fee. Register with Elizabeth Thomas by 1.May: firstname.lastname@example.org...
- Continue to research and discuss your project, and
update your Web site.
- weeks 9-10: Finish writing your report/tutorial
and your bibliography on the Web. Present
your team's research on your web page to the program. Submit
three candidate exam questions with proposed solutions.