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Project Launch

Checkpoint 1:

Generate at least 3 project ideas

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List 3 topics you're interested in exploring more deeply. You're going to be spending the next two weeks working on this project, so make it something you're curious about. For example: I want to understand how rock music affects the brain.
  1. Medieval Castles
  2. Making music
  3. Firearms

Evaluate your ideas

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Now that you've brainstormed some ideas you're interested in exploring, you're going to converge on one idea to explore for this project. List the ideas you came up with above in the first column below and determine if each idea meets specific criteria: - useful: does it solve a real problem? - skill-aligned: are there Sora skills that could be applied to this idea? - feasible: is the idea doable within the timeframe? - appealing: is the idea something you're really curious about?

Idea Matrix

Ideasusefulskill-alignedfeasibleappealing
How do modern firearms work
yes
yes
yes
yes
Science of Medieval Castles
yes
yes
yes
yes
Create my own song
yes
no
yes
yes

Final Idea

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Write below the idea that meets the most criteria above (has the most green yes marks) and that will be the idea you will focus on for the rest of this project cycle.

What made medieval castles so defensible

Guiding Question or Challenge Statement

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What is the one question which will guide this process of discovery and work? Or, what challenge will you be attempting to complete? For example: How does rock music effect the brain?

What features were used to make castles as defendable as possible

Why do I care?

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You have a limited amount of time in the worldβ€”why is investigating this project worth the effort given your current goals? For example, I am interested in neuroscience and I am curious about how music can affect the brain and its function.

I enjoy medieval history and I would like to learn more about what the features and elements were to create these ultra-stable and attack-proof castles.

List 4 things you'd like to learn or be able to do by the end of this project.

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Most projects can cover a wide variety of science and humanities topics. Identify 4 skills and if you have questions about which Sora Skills they relate to come to Office Hours.
  1. Know how castles were built
  2. Know what was used to make them
  3. learn the defenses against attackers
  4. learn the devices used by the attackers

What goals and deadlines do you need to set for yourself to get the work product done on time?

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List the milestones that need to happen for your work product to be complete by the drop dead date (in Canvas). What dates do you need these milestones completed to hold yourself accountable?

Copy of Work Product Deliverables

MilestoneDateFiles
Finish Project Launch
October 16, 2020
Create Final Work Product
October 24, 2020
Final Product + Project Pages
October 27, 2020

Checkpoint 1: Review

This checkpoint is being reviewed by [enter name of QR partner here].

Generate 3 ideas
Final idea is useful, skill-aligned, feasible, and appealing

Is the guiding question:

open-ended?
ambitious?
focused on a specific topic?
non-judgmental?
Did they include a paragraph on why they care?
Are there 4 legit sora skills tagged above?
outline deliverable dates for getting your work product done