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Final Projects

Started over 1 year ago by Lacy Buck.


My school is having us start on finals, the science team has decided to do projects along with a Galileo (standardized test) for the finals.  I have not done many cumulative projects to show all of the standards for the semester.  Have any of you done end of the year projects? If so, any suggestions?


11 Comments

  • Amber Carr

    Posted over 1 year ago

    Thanks for those links, Jodi! Lacy, how are the projects coming along? Best of luck to everyone for a successful end of the semester!

  • Jodi Fertoli

    Posted over 1 year ago

    When you search for kahoots you can search my last name for some that I have made or adapted from the community public ones (#fertoli)

  • Jodi Fertoli

    Posted over 1 year ago

    Sounds super interesting. We don't have so much time for in class work and final projects... I went super slow this year with my freshmen in chemistry. In the past I had them make topical Kahoots to help review for the state test. Have you guys played kahoot? The kids are obsessed and I love it too! Super fun engaging way to do boring multiple choice Qs on your phone or ipad. (https://getkahoot.com/?utm_name=controller_app&utm_source=web_app&utm_medium=link)

  • Amber Carr

    Posted over 1 year ago

    Great, I'm glad that site is useful! The projects look to be at around the right level - not insanely difficult and requiring tons of materials, but not trivial either. Let me know if I can help out further, and I am of course curious to hear which projects the students choose!

  • Lacy Buck

    Posted over 1 year ago

    Good ideas, I had used this website previously and had not thought about this.  It has a ton of good ideas and they can pick experiments based on what we have or what they can get.

  • Amber Carr

    Posted over 1 year ago

    Some of these projects look like they might be pretty good (and some do involve food!). I'll look for some more resources as well.
    http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/search.shtml?v=ia&ia=Chem&d=7,8,9

  • Amber Carr

    Posted over 1 year ago

    Since your materials are limited, do you think it would be helpful to give an option where they could demonstrate chemical concepts using food/cooking? That way, they can get their hands on materials inexpensively, and the projects might be more fun for the students.

  • Lacy Buck

    Posted over 1 year ago

    I love this idea, here are topics we have covered this semester: Stoichiometry/Mole concept, thermochemistry, gas laws, rates of reaction, molarity, and acid/base (intro).   The only issue is the chemicals we have on hand at this school (it's very limited).  I would love multiple options for the students to have (the calorie idea, we've done already).

  • Amber Carr

    Posted over 1 year ago

    It would be great if they could come up with experiments using techniques they know and addressing some kind of "real" question (e.g., How much lead is in the school water supply? or How accurately can we calculate the number of calories in a potato chip?). I am not up to speed with the current standards (I need to find some resources to read more about them), but I am happy to help you brainstorm some ideas if you think it would be useful!

  • Lacy Buck

    Posted over 1 year ago

    They could do their own experiments, that would be a great final project!

  • Amber Carr

    Posted over 1 year ago

    HI Lacy! Do students undertake their own experiments for these projects, or are they based on having the students synthesize existing research?