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Extra Credit

Extra Credit Opportunities for Science

Guidelines for Extra Credit:

  • Extra credit is not “instead of” credit.  All missing assignments must be completed before an extra credit assignment may be counted.
  • All extra credit must be approved by me prior to starting the project/assignment.
  • All extra credit must be submitted one week prior to the end of the marking period.
  • You may only do one assignment per marking period and assignments cannot be repeated throughout the year.
  • Extra credit assignments that do not meet the criteria will not be counted.

 

1. SAVE THE PLANET: Bring photographic proof (of you and how you are saving the planet), and a well written (typed) 2 paragraph summary.
    Ideas:  Plant a tree(s), Change the light bulbs in your house to more efficient light bulbs, Check pipes and find ideas to conserve fresh water/ electricity, Recycle, Walk/ Ride a bicycle, Encourage others (peaceably) to  walk instead of drive, Research your own way to help out, etc . .

http://www.50waystohelp.com/

 

2.  VISIT A SCIENTIFIC MUSEUM: Create a high quality poster, presentation or TYPE a two page report (double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman).  The project must answer the following questions:
a. What is the main field of science studied in the museum?
b. Give 3 examples of the use of the scientific method.
c. Describe 3 things you already knew (about the scientific subject) before you went to the museum.
d. Describe 3 things you learned at the museum
e. Write 3 questions you have about the field of science or something you saw at the museum.

f. Provide a brochure, ticket, or picture as proof of visiting the museum.

AHere are a few local Museums, or you could always venture into NYC!

BStickley Museum‎  

2352 State Route 10, Morris Plains, NJ‎ - (973) 540-1165‎

CMacculloch Hall Historical Museum‎ 

45 MacCulloch Ave, Morristown, NJ‎ - (973) 538-2104‎

DStickley Museum-Craftsman Farm‎  

2352 RT-10, NJ‎ - (973) 540-1165‎

EMorris Plains Borough Museum‎  

51 Jim Fear Dr, Morris Plains, NJ‎ - (973) 683-1089‎

FWhippany Railway Museum‎  

US Highway 10 W & Whippany Rd, Whippany, NJ‎ - (973) 887-8177‎

GMorris Plains Museum‎  

51 Jim Fear Drive, Morris Plains, NJ‎ - (973) 683-1089‎

HSchuyler Hamilton House Museum‎ 

5 Olyphant Pl, Morristown, NJ‎ - (973) 267-4039‎

Morris Musuem

6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

 

3.  RESEARCH THE LIFE AND STUDIES OF A SCIENTIST: TYPE a two page (double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman), report about their contribution to science and humanity. Only use 1/2 of one page for biographical statistics (birth, death, family, etc).  The project must answer the following questions:
a. What were the scientists main fields of study?
b. What major contributions to society have the scientist made?
c. Any interesting or unique facts about the scientist?
d. Any problems that the scientist faced in their research?
e. How has other scientists built on their research?
    Ideas (do not copy and paste your reports-- that is plagiarism):
    Famous Scientists. net
    Crystal Links: Famous Scientists and a short biography
    100 Most Influential Scientists (according to author, John Galbraith Simmons)

4.  WATCH A MOVIE OR DOCUMENTARY THAT INVOVES SCIENCE: Create a high quality presentation or TYPE a two page report (double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman).  The project must answer the following questions:
a. What is the main field of science studied in the movie?
b. Give 3 examples of the use of the scientific method.
c. Describe 3 things you already knew (about the scientific subject) before you watched the movie.
d. Describe 3 things you learned (about the scientific subject) because you watched the movie.
e. Write 3 questions you have about the field of science or something you saw in the movie.
f. Identify and describe ANY false scientific ideas you saw, or "bad" scientific processes found in the movie.
    ** Be aware that there is a lot of "bad" science in many movies.  Just because it is in a movie, does not make it true or even reasonable, sometimes.  Enjoy finding the distinction!! :)
5.  RESEARCH A TYPE OF USEABLE ENERGY (COAL, ETHANOL, WIND, NUCLEAR, SOLAR, ETC.): Create a high quality presentation or TYPE a two page report (double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman).  DO NOT CUT AND PASTE FROM THE INTERNET.  All slides must be in your own words.

The project must answer the following questions:
a. How is it used?
b. What are the positive advantages to using the source?
c. What are the negative advantages to using the source?
d. Where does the energy originate?
e. List any concerns associated with the source.
        Possible Sources (you are not limited to these ideas or sources):
        Ecology Global Network
        How things work
        National Geographic
        United Nations Environment and Energy
        White House: Energy and Environment
        Environmental and Energy Study Institute
        United States Department of Energy
        Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
        Science Daily News (Matter and Energy)
        Science Daily News (Earth and Climate)
(As a critical reader, realize that every organization has their own hidden agenda and preference).  Read through the information and make your own decisions-- to make a fair decision, you must know both sides).