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Bio Project 3 - Real $cience

posted Oct 14, 2012, 11:43 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Dec 13, 2012, 10:38 AM ]
You can make a lot of money using knowledge, and sharing knowledge.  For example, a Kindergarten teacher in Georgia made $1 million selling her lessons online (click here).   The Green Brothers (John and Hank) are actually paid by Google for their YouTube channel "CrashCourse" (one estimate is $400,000 per year).  The point is: smart people can make a lot of money with all those brains (Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did okay too).    And it does not have to be just like school, it can be common sense.  The movie "SuperSize Me" was about the effect McDonalds had on one guy (he invested $65,000, but the movie made $12,000,000).

This project will last for most of the remainder of the semester.  (If you're a Chemistry student and still reading, time to go read the one for Chemistry, not Biology.)  In 2-week segments, we will cover major Biology topics.  In parallel, you will be focusing your Language Arts on research, nonfiction, and citation.  In technology, you will learn about 3D graphics and animation using Autodesk 3DS Max, and even your PE/Health will overlap with topics.

For each of the 4 major biology topics, you will create one cool tool that demonstrates that topic.  You will combine the series of 4 topics into one educational tool for others to learn from.  While you will be learning 3DS Max, you are not required to use it, you can choose to go back to music, Photoshop, video, etc.  This is NOT a fiction project, it's presenting real science, in a cool and meaningful way you determine.

Check out the calendar below, so you and your partner can plan appropriately.  This is going to be quick, so ask for help sooner rather than later!

  • October 15 - Project begins
  • October 15 and 16 - Language Arts classes to Media Center to learn online research tools
  • October 18 - Tech: 3Ds Max Battlefield Tutorial due  | View Rubric
  • October 19 - Biology quiz on Biochemistry, bio lab day
  • October 22 - Project proposal due for Biochemistry topic 
  • October 24 - Tech: 3Ds Max Snowman model due View Requirements Here   | 3Ds Max Tutorials Here 
  • October 26 - Biology test on Biochemistry, Project final for Biochemistry topic, ech 3Ds Max Abstract Sculpture due.  
  • October 29 and 30 - Language Arts online writing test
  • November 2 - Biology quiz on "The Cell", bio lab day, Project draft due for "The Cell" topic
  • November 9 - Biology test on "The Cell", project final due for "The Cell" topic
  • November 12 and 13 - Language Arts online writing test
  • November 16 - Biology quiz on Cell Energetics, project proposal due for Cell Energetics topic, bio lab day
  • November 19 - Thanksgiving Vacation - Have a great week off!
  • November 30 - Test on Cell Energetics, project final due for Cell Energetics topic
  • December 4 - Literary Terms project due
  • December 5 - LA Performance Exam
  • December 7 - Biology quiz on Mitosis/Meiosis, project proposal due for this topic, bio lab day
  • December 11 - LA County Final
  • December 12 - Biology test on Mitosis/Meiosis 
  • December 14 - Technology Performance Final Exam  AND Mitosis/Meiosis Project due | Technology Performance Final Instructions 


8) analyze the relationship between structures and functions in living cells (GPS, HSGT)

8a) state the cell theory

8b) describe the cell cycle

8c) identify common cell organelles and describe the function of each (e.g. diagrams and microscopic examinations)

8d) explain the role of cell organelles (including the cell membrane) in maintaining homeostasis and cell reproduction for both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells (GPS)

8e) identify the elements that comprise living cells

8f) explain the impact of water in life processes (i.e. adhesion, cohesion, capillarity, density, and osmosis) (GPS)

8g) describe processes whereby substances enter and leave the cell (passive and active transport mechanisms)

8h) investigate factors that affect the rate of cellular transport (i.e. molecule size, charge, concentration, temperature)

8i) compare the reaction of plant and animal cells in solutions of different solute concentrations (i.e., isotonic, hypotonic, hypertonic solutions)

8j) explain how enzymes function as catalysts (GPS)

8k) describe the four basic types of organic macromolecules  (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids) and their function in the cell (GPS)

8l) analyze and explain the storage and release of energy through the process of photosynthesis and respiration (GPS)

  • develop project concept proposal (GPS) (GTDD_D2006-16)
  • develop storyboards and/or thumbnails/roughs to communicate ideas (GPS) (GTDD_D2006-18)
  • develop flowchart/navigational blueprints (GPS) (GTDD_D2006-19)
  • write scripts (GPS) (GTDD_D2006-20)
  • combine media elements to produce an interactive multimedia project (QCC) (GTDD_D2006-21)

Language Arts

20. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

20a. Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

20b. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.

20c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.

20d. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

20e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

21. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

21a. Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

21b. Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.

21c. Use appropriate and varied transitions to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.

21d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic.

21e. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

21f. Use documents to clarify details or support claims.

21g. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).

CDAT9 Biology Calendar

Michael Reilly,
Nov 29, 2012, 8:32 AM