Topic approval allows students to begin work on the experimental design proposal, while the experimental approval allows students to work on their experiment.
Students MAY NOT perform ANY experimentation prior to having their experimental proposal approved to ensure sufficient safety measures are understood and in place for the experiment.
Students should make a copy of the above document and include the same copy including comments with each submission to document the entire process.
Students will display their cumulative learning from this course by investigating a chemistry phenomenon (e.g. principle of chemistry, chemical reaction or physical change) which occurs or is visible in the course of daily life, for example acid rain, rusting, etc.. They will ask an open-ended and testable question about the phenomenon, form a hypothesis, design an experiment to test the hypothesis, carry out the experiment, and report on their results via a written lab report and public presentation of their experiment.
The final consists of three parts: an experimental design proposal, lab report, and presentation.
Experimental Design Proposal
(28 pt. Laboratory Grade)
Students will craft a detailed plan for their experiment in order to test their hypothesis in a safe and reliable manner. The proposal may be submitted as an APA formatted document or slide deck. The information in this document will form the basis of the lab report and presentation, therefore its strength is crucial to student success. It is vital that students utilize the additional resources below to evaluate their own progress and prevent lost time.
(36 pt. Assessment Grade)
Students will carry out their approved experiment and craft a lab report. Report must contain no more than 12% of information from outside sources, or assignment will be considered non-original work and will not be accepted. A Turn It In report for the version being submitted must be included with submission.
(36 pt. Assessment Grade)
Contains an audience-friendly version of the entire process, including the proposed experiment, the experimental process, results and conclusions of the experiment in a presentation format such as Google Slides, Powerpoint, or Prezi. This information will be provided to the audience (class) either in person or by video, and may include a demonstration in lieu of describing part of the process. Please be appropriately detailed, yet concise, and note that each student’s presentation may take no longer than 10 min.
Claim Your Topic
Use the button to the right to claim your phenomenon
First come, first served!
Click here to access the list of claimed phenomenon
Check your topic box after submitting:
Green = good to go
Yellow = see me, I have questions
Red = not approved
White = not reviewed
Please read any comments on your phenomenon submission
(look for the orange triangle)
Once your topic has been approved, you may begin work on your experimental design proposal.
I'm stuck! I don't know what to pick!
Experimental Design Proposal:
For dependent/independent variables,
use this sentence frame:
"A depends on B"
with your hypothesis in mind:
"If B changes, A will happen."
Hypothesis- If temperature increases, the state of matter of water will change.
(Therefore) state of matter is dependent on temperature.
Temperature is the independent variable and state of matter is dependent in this scenario.
Do I need an MSDS?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, you DO need an MSDS, and you DO need to read it carefully for your safety and the safety of others. You also must have it linked or in-hand for experimental approval.
Even household items can be exceptionally dangerous when mixed!!!
Presentation and Peer Review
Record yourself giving your presentation in an .mp4 file. Keep the rubric in mind when deciding on method. Consider platforms such as Screencastify, Adobe Spark, etc. To submit your presentation and two peer reviews, see the steps below.
After you have recorded your presentation, click on the Padlet below, and review the post I made. Use it as a template to submit your presentation-the instructions are embedded. Ensure your full name is visible as the poster.
Look over other presentations. Choose two presentations which have less than two feedback comments already, and watch their presentation fully from beginning to end. Read the comment on my post for full reviewing instructions.
On Google Classroom, submit a private comment on the assignment with the names of the two people whom you reviewed in order to receive credit. Make sure your full name is visible as the commenter, or included in the comment so your submissions can be verified.