Chemistry In The Real World

The Chemistry in the Real World project is an individual project of your choosing that is completed in stages, over the course of the term. Through this project, you will engage in learning chemistry in such a way that this course becomes a positive component of your undergraduate experience–a part that is not only a stepping stone to a degree but also enriches your life. You may or may not become a scientist, but as a responsible citizen and educated consumer, you will have to make decisions regarding scientific information, whether at the voting booth or the check-out line. This project will help you make those decisions wisely by cultivating an interest in science that continues beyond this assignment, enabling you to think critically and creatively as a citizen of the world.

All projects must include the following:

· Project Description: A paragraph or two that explains what the project is, what activity you performed, and what you are turning in as a result.

· Chemistry-Related Activity: Your actual real-world activity, whether it is evidence of your attendance at a science talk, an article critique, interview transcript, or infographic. What you turn in for this portion of the project depends on what you did! 

· Course Connections: Detailed descriptions of how what you did connect to what you learned in the class. You will identify specific module learning objectives and discuss the connections in a manner that makes it clear you have mastered the module learning objective. (See the Chemistry in the Real World Project: Proposal (DOCX) (see attached files for CIRW, Learning Objective and Module Objective).

· Real World Connections: Detailed explanation of how what you did connects to your other courses, your professional career, and/or your personal life. This is highly specific to you as an individual.

· References: Most projects will have at least one source to cite that helped inform the project, even if it is just our textbook or lecture materials.

Workshop Goals

1. Discuss expectations for activities and deliverables related to the Chemistry in the Real World project.

2. Draft a project description.

Participation Instructions

· Task 1:

•For those who have already picked a project: Share your draft project description. Be sure that your project is chemistry-related, clearly defined, and bite-sized (meaning you can tackle it within the time-frame established for the project) (See attched file for Project Proposal). Also, be sure to clearly state what you plan to actually turn in at the end of your project (video, audio, text document, image, etc.).

Post four insightful questions regarding project expectations or execution


Shared a small portion of your work and requested specific feedback

Be critical. Be specific. The goal is to have a conversation. This workshop directly supports your proposal.

This project will support your intellectual growth in a way that allows you to: 

· Bridge concepts learned in this class to real-world situations.

· Communicate scientific content accurately for lay or peer audiences.

· Appreciate the socially, ethically, and environmentally responsible use of chemical knowledge.

· Make decisions based on scientific information.

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