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Annotated Bibliography projects for the year will appear here, with descriptions, attachments, etc.  Be sure to always check the calendar page (up top) for all subject deadlines!).

Make Your Millions 2015

posted Mar 31, 2015, 4:29 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Mar 31, 2015, 5:43 AM ]

It's amazing how a fun, simple idea can generate millions of dollars, multiple careers and the ability to do something you need!  One iconic example is "SchoolHouse Rock".  Did you know that it all started when a Dad wanted to hselp his son with multiplication?  His son could remember song lyrics, but not the times tables!  The first "schoolhouse rock" was born.  That was over 40 years ago and still lives on!  

How about this teacher in Georgia who made over $1 million selling lesson plans? And now, in Georgia, there's a new opportunity where you can make money while developing your own test review, the "Milestones".  A new test has very few resources for students and teachers.  That's where you come in:  you make a great study set for Milestones or another topic, and we'll sell it for you.  There's also your other test that your teacher will talk to you about.

So how are YOU going to combine YOUR skills to make YOUR millions? 


Additional Resources
  •     The Milestone guide linked above can provide you with a test topic breakdown and practice questions.  In addition, below in attachments are a copy of the AKS standards for the year as well as the Essential Guiding questions we have used.  Use these to help you organize your questions.

Project 5 - STEM Maker Fest!

posted Feb 20, 2015, 3:51 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Apr 16, 2015, 3:51 AM ]

The "Maker Movement" is huge, and you're already a part of it!  By creating video games, digital art, inventions, robots and more, YOU are a "maker"!!   And now it's time to create an event, the first of its kind in north Georgia, to bring makers together at Lanier!

Have you heard of a Maker Faire?  The most recent official faire held in Decatur hosted 30,000 visitors over 2 days, hosting an amazing variety of makers with their ideas, as well as activities where you could learn how to make something.  Well, due to trademark we can't call ours a maker faire, so we are hosting the "Lanier STEM Maker Fest"!! (insert "ta da" sound here in your mind).

You are going to either BE a maker, and display what you are proud to make, or you will create an activity that teaches someone "how" to make, a "maker teacher".  Some of you have cool things already that you can polish off for show.  Our groups going for patents, or if you win County Science Fair, those are cool!  FIRST robotics and others, great stuff!  And some of you might have parents at home that might do metal work or furniture building, or some other cool making thing, and that counts!

This is the first ever CDAT project that all levels of CDAT are joining forces!  Our CDAT11 crew will be organizing the event, our CDAT9 and CDAT10 will be primary makers and maker-teachers, and our CDAT12 will participate as they can (but they have internships, graduation, a lot).  And dare we repeat, this is the first maker event in Georgia north of Atlanta!

Your project deliverables: (see subject teachers for additional items)
  • Brainstorm ideas with others.  Do NOT pick a team based on your friends, but on a shared interest of what you enjoy making.

  • Teams decided by Friday, February 20, a form will be posted here on that day, use it.   It will ask for a summary paragraph of your "maker idea", as well as  team planning website link.  Here's the form link for your team, fill it out!

  • February 25: a clear team plan: what is your general timeline, who is doing what by when, on your team site.   Ask for guidance from your teachers on what your priorities should be for the next week.  Here's the rubric for that part.

  • February 27: a detailed proposal is due by the end of the day.  Your proposal should be a formal articulation of exactly what you plan to do and how you will do it.  The detailed instructions and rubric are here. Your proposal should be on your team website.
  • March 6: should have a draft/demo of your idea, a model, something tangible that is complete, or close to complete.  You should have clear progress on your concept.  EACH WEEK should have a plan for each person, to make sure the team is collaborating and integrating.  Here's the rubric for the weekly plan.

  • March 13: demo and presentation should be close to finished.  Don't worry about signs/posters, but focus on clear instruction, information in draft form (on a Google doc or your site).  Those that are selected to move on to the "STEM Maker Fest" will need clear logos, name, signs for information and/or directions.

  • March 24: Your final Maker Demonstration ready (we will hold a "mini maker fest" to see if your product is ready) - HERE is the rubric for evaluation   Be sure to evaluate yourself with this rubric!!

  • March 31: If your group is green or yellow lighted for MakerFest, please complete this application form. 

  • April 24:  if you want anything printed (within reason), it must be emailed to following these guidelines:
    • Any poster/printout must be made to its full scale in Publisher or Powerpoint or PDF.  A poster is typically 24x36 inches.  Do NOT make it full color background, photographic, etc., keep it mostly white background and simple graphics/text.
    • Email the document to with the subject of "MakerFest Printout"
    • 3D printouts:  these take a LONG time.  Your request should be made to with the email subject "MakerFest 3D Request".  We will make "appointment times" where yours can be printed.  Anyone "skipping the line" without Reilly's permission will not be allowed to have any 3D printout.

Project 4 - Ode to Science

posted Jan 13, 2015, 4:00 AM by Naomi Kirchner   [ updated Jul 7, 2015, 7:42 AM by Michael Reilly ]

Poetic language helps us express literal ideas in figurative ways.  Your goal for this project is to think of your science standards in new, figurative ways. Your group will take your science concept and, using your technology
, create a project that helps us understand or think of your concept in a new and creative way.

Your topics include:

Biology - Biotechnology and Mutation- please see the summative rubric as an attached document below for essential questions
Chemistry - Stoichiometry 
Language Arts - Poetry 
Technology - Programming

Language Arts Requirements:

  • at least five examples of figurative language (metaphor, simile, imagery, personification, etc.)

  • a purposeful format (you must be able to identify your rhyme scheme and meter-- or identify it as free verse)

  • at least two example of musical devices / sonic appeals (alliteration, assonance, repetition, onomatopoeia, etc.)


Project 3 - Tools of Tomorrow

posted Jan 12, 2015, 3:33 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Jan 12, 2015, 3:33 PM ]

This project was hosted on our CDAT10 site. Here's the link:

Research Paper for Non-Science Fair Students

posted Nov 11, 2014, 4:02 AM by Naomi Kirchner   [ updated Nov 11, 2014, 4:02 AM by Michael Reilly ]

Environmental Impact Research Paper

All organisms must find balance with their environment.  For humans, this balance has been a struggle as the needs of an exponentially growing population has continuously expanded our consumption of land, plant life, and clean water.  Questions have arisen as to whether we will be able to meet our future needs, given the current state of our environment and its future projections.

Your task is to choose one current environmental concern and discuss how humans can find an equitable balance with the natural world surrounding this issue.  You will need to analyze at least three reputable sources.  Through your paper, you will need to address the following three bullet points below as well and cite your sources to support your points.

·         Explain the issues or limits that humans are experiencing regarding your environmental topic.  What is preventing us from finding a balance with nature regarding this point?

·         Discuss what is currently being done both in the United States and around the world to address your topic.  Are there any laws or other protections/regulations that have been enacted and enforced?

·         What is the future outlook for this issue?  What do you feel will be the best course of action in the future?  Are there new proposed approaches to dealing with this problem that may be more effective then what is currently being done?


Your research paper needs to be 1 ½ pages minimum typed with 12 point font following MLA format for references. In addition, you must include a works cited page.



Your works cited page and a detailed outline is due to Mrs. Kirchner on Friday, November 14.  Please print or email your outline and works cited page.


Your final paper is due on Friday, November 21.  You must email it to both Mrs. Kirchner and Dr. Rohrbaugh.

Project 2 - Tell Us A Story

posted Sep 5, 2014, 3:56 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Oct 2, 2014, 8:51 AM ]

Storytelling has existed since humans have been able to think.  And throughout time it has been shown that it’s a huge advantage to be a good, if not GREAT, storyteller.  Now it’s time for YOU to tell a story, and you have a lot of creative flexibility in doing so.  YOU choose the topic, the technology, the expression.  Yes, there is some required information, some required skills, but YOU get to craft how your story is told.  And if you really like your story, maybe you could be recognized for it through something like  Adobe Youth Voices contest or High School “EMMY” awards, or maybe just tell it, share it, because it’s great and worth hearing.

What is required:

Technology - YOUR choice of ANY technology.  While you might be learning a specific technology, you aren’t committed to it.  If you like to make movies, draw pictures, record music, use it!  Some other examples of presentation are: a digital story, a video game, a comic strip, or a children's book. You are required to create a team web site to do your planning and share notes, documents, but other tech choices are all yours. Make sure you consider your audience when you are picking your medium.

Language Arts - Your task is to create a narrative story that teaches one science concept/AKS in a creative and interesting way.  Your story must include all the elements of an effective short story: plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), characters, conflict (internal and external), and theme.

Make sure you consider your audience when you are picking your medium.

Science - You will be given an essential question to address.  It’s critical that you understand what the question is asking, don’t wait on this!  Your story needs to be drafted soon, so understand what you are required to answer.


We will put the general project due dates on the calendar, as well as major due dates for specific subjects (but not every little assignment, so check your teacher pages for details).

  • 9/9/14 - Project Kickoff:  Create and share a Google Site for your team.  There will be a form for you to submit the website address to your teachers.  Brainstorm ideas about the technology to be used and the story you want to tell, posted on your team site. Have a clear plan for the next week (you need a storyboard and script), with specific tasks assigned to specific team members, and post this on your team site.
    Rubric for weekly team update (tech grade) is here

  • 9/12/14 - Concept Outline needs to be on your team site. Please make sure have sent us your team site on the Project 2 form (on the front page of the CDAT9 site).
    Concept Outline is HERE

  • 9/16/14 - Storyboard and draft of story due at the end of the day, posted on your team site.  During the previous week you should talk to your teachers to see if your story, science, and tech are reasonable (not too much, not too little).  You should not have any major gaps at this point.  Have a clear plan for the next week (try to finish the project!), with specific tasks assigned to specific team members. Storyboard rubric is here

  • 9/23/14 - Your goal is to be finished with most of your project by this date.  There will be a lot of fine-tuning to do, more than you expect.  Be ready to share a draft with your teachers for critique and suggestions.  Ask your peers as well.  Write up a specific list of tasks, assigned to specific team members, posted on your team site.

  • 10/2/14 - Project DUE!!

Presentation Day - Friday Oct. 3!
  1. Time limit of 5 min.
  2. Bring up the team website
    • What did each person do?
    • What science concept covered – what is it, how did you make this the basis of your story
    • What challenges did you face?
    • Any “cool moment” in your project?
  3. Show the projects (within limits, some might be samples)
  4. Receive comments on presentation and product
How to share your product with us:
  • On the Shared Drive, look for the CDAT DropBoxes, then CDAT9 folder.  You can "paste" your product there, you can't open it.
  • If you have a movie, game or other non-web-based item, put the item in that folder.  Be sure your product is named all  of the first names of the people in your group.  For example, save a movie as "JohnJuanMaryAlthea.wmv"
  • If you have something on a web site or online, save a Word document with a link to that web site or online.  Save your Word document all of the first names of the people in your group.  For example, save it as "JohnJuanMaryAlthea.doc"  Make sure your online product is public and viewable, not private.
  • Your product is due before 7am Friday, no exceptions.

Project 1- Science and Engineering Fair....It's time to Shine!!

posted Aug 10, 2014, 9:47 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Aug 19, 2015, 3:24 AM ]

4 days, $5000

posted Jul 30, 2014, 7:03 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Aug 5, 2014, 3:24 AM ]

We start right out of the gate in CDAT, and this year is no exception!  By Friday, August 8, one of your groups will be chosen to represent the school in applying for a $5,000 grant!  Yup, 4 days to earn $5,000.   

This challenge is focused on the Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant.  Look around the site, there are samples of project and much more information. 

Please make note of the section with the bold, red title, regarding what they are looking for:
This year, as a foundation, we are challenging ourselves to seek ways to provide the tools that help our educators and parent groups through today's challenging times efficiently, while providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities taking priority.

What your team will need to accomplish:
  • Complete a sample grant application on a Google Doc.  Share the Doc with your team, and make the Shared settings "Lanier High School".
  • Create a team Google Site.  It should include the following:
    • Front page - list of team member names and any primary task they have, as well as a summary of your concept
    • Application page - Insert your Google Doc into this page so it can be seen on this page.  When you insert it, do not use any height, so the whole app fits
    • Graphics page - Your group should have graphics that show your concept.  They can be scanned hand-drawings, 3D models, whatever you need to show the project.  You should also have a map view of where your project will be located, whether inside or outside.
    • Costs page - you should have a clear list of the materials and other costs that your grant would pay for, with a grand total as well.
    • Your website Sharing should be set to "Public", and you will be given a Google Form for submitting that website to the teachers.

Finally, ONE of your team members should be ready to present a 30-second speech about your project on Friday, Aug. 8. 
Students and teachers will vote for the project that would make the greatest impact in our community.

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