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(Forensics): In my forensics class, we had a project to re-write a fairytale to incorporate everything we have learned so far about forensic investigation. This was our final project, to replace a midterm exam. In the run up to it, we had to select a fairytale (I chose Bambi), and write at least three pages, double-spaced. When writing it, some part of the story had to be turned into a murder investigation. We had to incorporate details from every unit we had studied so far to the point where we could solve the murder. When we had written our paper, we had to transform it into a slideshow that, when printed, looked a lot like a children’s book. We had to use colors and pictures to represent the sequence of events. This was particularly enjoyable because it is a highly enjoyable class, the material is gripping and engaging, and I especially love Disney movies. My teacher thought of a good, rigorous way to incorporate everything we had learned thus far to create a rigorous, but fun, project. It took a lot to create something that was factually accurate, mimicked the movie, and was visually appealing, but the process was a lot of fun!
(Chemistry): Each year in Chemistry the students celebrate National Chemistry Week (NCW) held at the end of October. For the lesson, I propose a bunch of different categories of demonstrations or materials that the students can use. Some of the categories have been fire, polymers, Halloween chemistry, acid-base indicators, explosions, magic tricks, pressure and dry ice. The only requirements are that they work in groups of 3-4 members, they have a written script approved before they film, and their video must include an explanation of all of the chemistry seen in the film. The students are given two class periods to work on the demonstrations and filming together at school and usually then need to edit the final version on their own. The in-class work is always a crazy time for me with everyone working on a different chemistry experiment. Once the students submit their videos, we watch them in class and vote on the best ones, which are presented to the entire high school during a morning assembly. Also during that week, the students make small posters to hang up around school to display the theme of National Chemistry Week and to show people some of the ways that chemistry affects their daily lives. The girls always are very excited to show what they have learned with the rest of the school and are particularly proud when their video is chosen for the assembly.