|Photos by Elizabeth Somers and Jim Somers|
This project is going to be based on engaging an audience of varying ages in the sciences behind different activities. Science can be an especially difficult topic for people to understand, so I want to work to change that. The three activities I choose to explore are rock climbing, scuba diving, and sailing. I plan on designing and producing a website to explore these topics and educate viewers about science in a fun, interactive way. The sciences taught will be geology, meteorology, physics, oceanography, physiology, and others.
These three activities will be displayed on an interactive website with multiple clickable elements to learn more about each activity. For example, when a user clicks to learn about scuba diving, a photo will come on the screen of it and different parts of the diver in the picture will be clickable. When the user clicks the air tank, a text box will appear explaining Boyle’s Law of air pressure. When the user clicks the diver, a text box will appear explaining how buoyancy works. When the user clicks the fish in the picture, a text box will appear explaining how light and sound changes under water causing our senses to distort. When the user clicks the water surface, a box will appear explaining ocean currents. Each explanation will be thorough and comprehensive, yet very easy to understand with graphics and charts.
|Image from http://resources.yesican-science.ca/Bolyes_law/astro1.jpg|
The three disciplines that will be focused on are science, communication, and education. Science is a major component of this project because the goal is to further the user’s understanding of a variety of sciences. Having had an interest in the sciences for the majority of my life, I have developed an interdisciplinary breadth that allows me to include several different sciences. I will be able to research the sciences behind each of the chosen activities of study. My major, Scientific Communication, has also introduced me efficient communication techniques which will be used to make the information given easily accessible, easily understood, and easy to navigate. I will research how to effectively communicate information graphically. Education is the discipline that will tie the science and communication together; it’s the main goal of the project. With proper communication of science comes education. I will research the ways people learn science the most efficiently.
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The Integration Theory is what I see combining science and communication to result in education. This theory describes the process of assessing different disciplinary insights and creating a common ground between them to reach a more comprehensive overall understanding. By integrating these three disciplines, a new understanding of science can occur for users. This project will also emulate the Perspective Taking Theory. This theory describes the ability to see a difficulty from different perspectives and develop a more comprehensive understanding. This is similar to the Integration Theory, but really focuses on the ability to look at the problem (in this case the difficulty of understanding science) and looking at it in different ways, such as through communication and education.
□ Thursday March 5- Sunday March 22: Find 10-15 sources
□ Tuesday March 10: Project prospectus due
□ Friday March 13: Draw out on paper a rough sketch of what the website will look like with functionalities
□ Sunday March 15: consult with advisor about realistic goals for the website portion of the project
□ Monday March 16- Tuesday March 31: Design elements and website troubleshooting with advisor (make everything ready for actual data to be inserted post-research)
□ Tuesday March 31: Begin Literature Search & weed out sources, find better ones if needed (goal at least 9)
□ Wednesday April 1- Friday April 17: Gather information needed and put it into comprehensive and easily-understandable format/wording
□ Saturday April 18- Monday April 23: Insert information into website and do final touches
□ Tuesday April 28: start project paper
□ Tuesday May 5: Rough draft project paper due
□ Thursday May 7: Final draft project paper due, start screen cast PowerPoint
□ Sunday May 10: Yoga & breathing exercises
□ Tuesday May 12: Post screen cast PowerPoint and project paper to blog by 4pm. 5 minute presentation.