1st Quarter Project info


Each quarter, you will be required to complete a project outside of class that demonstrates your detailed understanding of a topic of your choice. Since 1st Quarter is all about the nature of Chemistry and science itself, your topic will be from that general subject area. Your project must be completed individually, will be due on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, and will be worth 50 points. You will also be required to participate in a “gallery walk” in class during the last week of the quarter; the write-up for your gallery walk will be worth 10 points.


You may choose a topic from one of the following three subject areas:

  • a famous chemist and his/her contributions to chemistry, science and society
  • a famous or important chemistry experiment or discovery and its impact on science and society
  • an element and its importance to chemistry, industry and/or society

Your specific topic must be unique for your class period – first come, first serve – and you must decide on your topic by Friday, October 4th. Your 1st Quarter Project Exploration assignment will also be due the same day through Google Drive, and it is worth 10 points. Your 1st Quarter Project Outline assignment will be due on Tuesday, October 15th and it is worth 10 points.

Project products

For this project, in order to demonstrate your understanding of your topic, you will create a poster (at least 22” x 28”) that you will present to the class. All posters will be graded primarily for their information, but also for how well they explain your topic and how easy they are to understand. At minimum, your poster must include at least five images and at least five blocks of information. Exemplary posters will fully cover their topic using clean design, a well-organized layout, and lots of facts and information.


All projects must include a reference sheet of citations to original source material using the APA style guidelines. Your project must reference at least three different sources, one of which must be a print source (i.e., not an Internet source). You may NOT use WikiPedia as a primary source. Using source material without referencing is plagiarism and will severely affect your grade.