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Why or Why Not!

posted Oct 7, 2016, 2:45 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Oct 28, 2016, 3:26 AM ]
Welcome to your second project!  This time around, you have even MORE choices to show off your skills and knowledge.  Combining your "STEM" classes, you get to choose from these options:
  • Make a science-based game
  • Enter Science Fair
At first glance, one or the other might be appealing to you, they might not.  Here is more detail as to why both are pretty cool options.

For Science Fair, there are two main categories:  traditional and engineering.  Traditional is just that - you have a scientific hypothesis, you ask WHY, you research it, and show off what you've discovered.  Engineering is different in that you develop a prototype of a product, ranging from a computer program to a physical invention.  You "pitch" that idea, and could win money and support on that day at the County!   

Why is Science Fair a cool option?  1.  Because CDAT students pretty much OWN this thing at Lanier, and there are CASH prizes totalling about $1000!!  2.  Doing well in Science Fair makes your college acceptance chances even better.  3.  If you do well enough, winning at State will get you a free trip to California for the finals, and top prize is $75,000 and probably free college!!!  Science Fair is a great option, because we're a STEM Academy, which means it's cool!!

Why not make a game then!  Making a game is cool because, duh, it's making a game!!  Not just that, it will be part of one of the biggest fundraisers CDAT has ever planned, our "Play v. Cancer Day!"  On Election Day, we are going to host a day camp for elementary school kids, since school is closed.  Parents need somewhere for their kids to be, so we can watch them AND raise money for Relay for Life, and YOUR games can be played.  They should be games you can make in your elective classes, IDT or Engineering, so it's video games or physically made games!  And, Mr. Reilly will reach into his bag of famous people, and will have game developers check out YOUR final products to see if they want to use yours for real!  
Your game does NOT have to deal with cancer, but it does have to do Chemistry standards.  

Want to really crush this project?  Make a game for Science Fair!!  (I don't even know if that's possible, but check!).  Why not!

Both projects will require research, and those are the standards that LA classes will incorporate.  You need to describe how math is involved, and there will be plenty to describe! Your tech elective teachers will have standards you will also need to address, so this is all of your subjects in one.

Science Standards:
  • Use atomic theory to explain the characteristics of atoms.
  • Compare and contrast trends in the chemical and physical properties of elements based in their position in the periodic table.
  • Use the periodic table to predict periodic trends. (Ionization energy, electronegativity, oxidation numbers, etc.)
So now what?
  • Fri., Oct. 28:
    • Start in Academy time for attendance and instruction

    • Science Fair:
      • Mr. Martin's room, proceed with your required documentation.

    • Virtual/Physical Game students:
      • Becker or Reilly room
      • 15 minutes to prepare your game, make sure there are adequate instructions on how to play
      • Submit your link to your online game here:
        (Make sure your game is "Shared", viewable)
        If your game is live, you will do a short, live demo. 
        If your game is on your own PC, we will connect your machine.

      • You will do a 2-4 minute presentation.
        • 1-2 minutes of demonstrating your game
        • Demonstrate how the game is played, and also demonstrate how you have addressed the science questions you were given. (See them below).  This IS your Science grade for this project.
        • About 1 minute for Questions.
      • Games should be able to provide an answer to these questions
        • What is the periodic trend that you are incorporating in your game? (Students can respond radii/ionization E/electronegativity, properties of metals/nonmetals/metalloids, oxidation numbers, etc.)
        • How does atomic structure (protons/neutrons/electrons) drive the trend you are using?

    • In addition, Mr. Proffitt will instruct you on how to deliver your citation document.

Final projects will be submitted Nov. 1!!!