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Team Name: Undecided
Members: Nick, Marty, Lissa, and Rachael

Project


Project Name: Tracking Tulips

Summary

We would like to track the arrival of spring and observe seasonal changes throughout different regions of the country by observing the growth and development of tulips.

Project Planning


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What?

What is the topic of study? What are the outcomes? How would the students be assessed? What will they be doing?

Seasonal changes, flower anatomy, ecological differences world-wide, data collection, data display, etc.

Student understanding of data collection, why seasonal changes are different throughout the world, propagation of plants through seed germination, how/what can organisms tell humans about seasonal changes.

Students would be assessed based on student interactions, organization of data, synthesis and evaluation of data, publishing on a blog/wiki, published end product, unit exam, etc.

Figuring out what data to collect about tulips, research, planting, making observations, communicating with other students about their findings.

Who?

Ages, types of students, type of course(s) or subjects that this could appropriately be used with.

K-8, diverse populations, life/earth science/geography/social studies

When?

What time of year (state in months NOT season -- i.e. Sept NOT "Fall" as hemispheres have different reasons.). Will it have simultaneous events? Consider holidays, etc. Is there a "perfect" time for this (also think about the topic you have in mind.)

Planting bulbs in September, then make observations throughout the year (major data March-June)--Tulips grow during specific times of the year. (Reflection: data all year: air temperature, soil temperature, etc.)

Where?

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Skype - discuss with other groups the planting/data collection/observation processes.
Wiki/blog - sharing data/observations/photos/etc.

Why?

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In a word that is changing globally and global warming is hot topic it is important to look at organisms as a method of predicting changes. On a much local note the critical thinking and engineering skills needed in the world shows how students are a part of the whole world and the process that scientist/students go through to examine the nature of the world with real applications, data and conclusions.

How?

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Tulips and procedures will be student generated and brainstormed together between schools so data can be compared. Very collaborative effort.

The Future

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