- At least 500-1000 words total (about 1-2 pages of writing)
- Expect this to be seen by colleges and future employers
- Have this completed before your first meeting with the relevant expert after your final project presentation
Starting Your Project:
Guiding Question or Challenge Statement
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: I want to understand how rock music affects the brain.
I want to make a reasonably small, programmable annealer that goes through a series of temperature in order to relieve stresses in glass.
Why do I care?
You have a limited amount of time on the world—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 really want to try glassworking, and most of the necessities are affordable, but the cost of even a small annealer is prohibitive.
What do I need to know to complete this?
What are some things you need to understand, be aware of, or learn to do this project justice? What types of articles should you read, people should you talk to, etc? For example: I need to understand what a nurse's job is like or I need to understand the basics of neuroscience and how the brain works
I need to make an insulated, heatproof vessel for the annealer, find a way to heat it to the necessary temperatures, and figure out how to control the temperature.
What is the most effective way to learn this?
Based on what you said in the previous question, what are the most effective ways of learning or achieving those things? For example: To understand how the brain works, I need to find a resource that covers the parts of the brain and their function. To understand a nurse's job, I need to find a nurse to talk to.
I should find resources about similar projects, like homemade forges or kilns.
What 4 skills from the Wiki do I want to cover with this project?
Most projects can cover a wide variety of science and humanities topics. Identify 4 skills and be ready to talk about them in your first Expert meeting for this project. The Experts will work with you to incorporate these.
Identify a mentor from the Mentor Network that you may like to engage with on this project:
Our Mentor Network covers many project disciplines. If you're unsure who might be a good fit, please ask Wesley when filling this out.
What does a "3" project look like?
Work with your expert to determine what a successful project would look like. What are some qualities that you'd expect from a 1, 2, 3, or even 4 level project? What merits a 3 for each of the skills you chose?
Finishing Your Project
Tell Us About Your Project
Fully describe your project, findings, research, etc. At least 1 paragraph.
What did you learn academically from this project?
Take the skills you referenced above and show us how you applied them to the project. Was there anything else you learned along the way?
What did you learn about yourself from this project?
Did you spark a new interest? Perhaps you realized that you didn't like this field after all. Just tell us what you discovered about yourself through this project!
What advice would you give to someone starting a similar project?
Was there a particularly helpful book, website, or resource? Or, perhaps you realized the scope of the project was too large because of an unforeseen constraint. Whatever the advice, give it here!
Link your media and presentation below:
Show us pictures, presentations, or anything else you made for this project!