You will choose an actual large-scale disaster or catastrophe scenario that illustrates all three units in our class and connects with all three of your Milestones. This can be a man-made or natural disaster. You will act as an environmental scientist, describing the cause of the event, the PHYSICS of it, the CHEMISTRY of it, the EARTH SCIENCE of it, and how it impacts local and/or global communities.
Project Summary: You will choose an actual large-scale disaster or catastrophe scenario that illustrates all three units in our class and connects with all three of your Milestones. This can be a man-made or natural disaster. You will act as an environmental scientist, describing the cause of the event, the PHYSICS of it, the CHEMISTRY of it, the EARTH SCIENCE of it, and how it impacts local and/or global communities.
Project Purpose: Knowing physical science can save your life! With climate change and this Earth going through a geologically active period, there will be an increase in earthquakes, storms, disasters, and natural catastrophes. Understanding the science behind our world allows us to be better prepared, make plans, make policies, and allocate relief efforts to mitigate disasters. In this final project, you will be using information from all your milestones to analyze a complex catastrophe. In so doing, you will strengthen your knowledge base, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
Project Topic: You can choose from the following categories of events to analyze. NOTE: your event does NOT need to be one of these listed, but it should be one that actually occurred – and it needs to be large-scale. This is so you can research it and gather facts, data, and accurate statistics.
· An asteroid strike (ex. Chicxulub contributing to the dinosaur extinction) – remember that it would set off earthquakes, tsunamis, weather events, etc. So you could talk about all of those.
· A supervolcano erupting (ex. Yellowstone, Toba, Campi Flegrei)
· A very intense monsoon or rain event causing catastrophic flooding
· An atomic bomb (ex. look up Hiroshima)
· A megastorm like in the movie The Day After Tomorrow
· You can even analyze the weather on another planet (ex. Venus, Jupiter)
Structure: Students will create a final paper. Follow the Formatting Guide Provided in D2L.
Make sure your project adheres to the following criteria:
· Separate title and references pages (doesn’t count in length)
· Length = NO LESS THAN 4 PAGES (not including title, refs, pics)!
· References = No LESS than 3 outside professional references (cited in APA style)
· Use your own words = No large quotes or cutting/pasting of text will be acceptable!
· Title page (with name, date, and title)
· Table of Contents at the beginning
· Paragraph 1: Attention Grabber and Statement of Issue: Purpose and importance of paper/presentation. Grab your audience’s attention with a shocking picture or quote or stat. What is your event?
· Paragraph 2: Introduce your event – what is it, where did it happen, and when? What was the basic outcome? (Hint: maps and images are good here)
· Paragraph 3: “Who Cares Statistics”: Discuss some basic data and stats related to your event (use comparisons if you are making up your scenario and look at similar events for realistic numbers). How many people were impacted? What was the extent? How bad was it? Monetary costs?
· Paragraph 4: Bigger Picture Connection to Society: How many people worldwide were or are impacted by these types of events? How prolific are they in the area you studied? Are there any social and environmental justice issues surrounding your event? (such as, is there no money for relief or emergency funds for families). Feel free to introduce some points that will make your audience relate to this project better (ex. human activities, civil liberties, environmental justice, inequality).
· Paragraph 5: Physics Unit- Milestone 1: Connect your event to Milestone 1 and your physics unit. Discuss the Laws of Motion and any impact physics that would occur. Use examples from your Milestone 1.
· Paragraph 6: Chemistry Unit- Milestone 2: Connect your event to Milestone 2 and your chemistry unit. Discuss the chemistry of your event (ex. volcanos discharging gasses, pyroclastic explosions, radiation from bombs, metal dust from meteors and asteroids, etc.). Talk about the chemical properties and the Laws of Conservation of Matter and Energy.
· Paragraph 7: Earth Science Unit- Milestone 3: Connect your event to Milestone 3 and your earth science unit. Discuss the Earth’s atmosphere and how the weather and climate could be impacted by your event (ex. dust from asteroid blocks the sun and there is metal rain, radiation rain from a bomb, acid rain from a supervolcano, etc.).
· Paragraph 8: Climate Change Impacts: Discuss the connection between your event and climate change. Does it contribute to climate change or did climate change cause it?
· Paragraph 10: Conclusion: What are YOUR take-aways from this class and this final project? How can learning about physical science help save your life?
· References Page: At LEAST THREE references; NO Wikis. Go to the following website to learn APA citation and how to format your references: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
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