Grade 11 Physics                           NAME: ________________

REACHING HIGHER SPEEDS ASSIGNMENT

YOUR TASK:

Your task is to find out information on a topic involving motion.   Your topic may involve either an object which moves or an activity which involves movement.   Include the following, keeping in mind that some items in this list won’t apply to all topics.
  • History of device or activity
  • How it works
  • Forces involved in moving or slowing down device / activity
  • Technological innovations used to increase speed, with explanation
  • Highest or lowest or typical speeds reached
  • Safety concerns
  • Pictures of the device or activity
  • Costs / benefits of these technologies used to increase speed
  • Any other interesting facts

    GROUP SIZE
    You will work individually on this project or in groups of 2.  

    SCHEDULE
    Computer Lab (room 121) Days
                Thursday, February 23
                Friday, February 24

    Final "Sharing" Session will begin on Thursday, March 1.

    FORMAT
    You have a choice of making a poster OR creating a PowerPoint presentation (14 slides minimum) on your topic. We will have a "sharing session" where you briefly share key points about your topic or quickly run through the PowerPoint Presentation.

    POWERPOINT POINTERS
    PowerPoint Presentation:
    This will focus on providing information on the technical aspects of the type of energy (how it works) and impacts on society and the environment.   Your focus should be on improving the quality of your delivery.  

    I expect to see on your PowerPoint:
  • No paragraphs or blocks of text
  • Minimal use of full sentences, or none at all
  • Point form bullets
  • Attractive and pertinent graphs
  • Avoidance of "overly busy" or garish backgrounds which make overlying text impossible to read.
  • Simple, uncluttered pages.   If in doubt, use less information per page rather than more information, and add additional pages.
  • Avoidance of unnecessary detail which will bore your audience


    The student presenters will:
  • be facing the audience at all times, either directly or at a slight angle
  • NOT read blocks of text from the PowerPoint
  • use the point form notes on the PowerPoint as a guide to stay organized
  • add extra information which does not appear on the PowerPoint, in a natural, conversational style
  • be well rehearsed and know their topic
  • have a clear voice, loud enough to be heard by everyone
  • try for expression in your tone of voice

    POSSIBLE TOPICS
    Basically, you may choose anything that moves. I suggest you pick something you have a personal interest in.

    -planes (propeller, jet engine...)
    -trains, including MagLev
    -space exploration vehicles (such as the space shuttle or one of the various space probes)
    -skateboards
    -satellites in a sustained orbit
    -speed skaters
    -roller bladers
    -motion of military armanents such as long range missiles
    -hockey skaters
    -cross country skiers
    -running shoes as worn by high performance athletes
    -elite cyclists
    -downhill skiers
    -sail boats (pick one)
    -ice boats
    -motorcycles
    -dirt bikes
    -race cars
    -automobiles
    -streamlined athletic clothing such as worn by cyclists, speed skaters etc.
    -motion of elite athetes such as (pick one) swimmers, runners,
    Segways
    Motion found in nature, from specific air, land or water creatures --- speed records, how do they move?


    EVALUATION

    title:     informative, neat, attractive                                                         

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    addresses technologies / innovations which increase speed, other facts about speed

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    includes at least 1 labelled diagram

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    addresses costs

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    indicates a typical or record speed achieved

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    poster/PowerPoint well organized

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    neatly presented, considerable effort * put into it

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    references listed; variety of resources used (min. 3)

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    TOTAL

    20 marks

     

     

     


    * "Considerable effort" would be seen in a conventional-sized poster containing sufficient detail, attractive pictures and well-researched information.   For a PowerPoint presentation, I would expect the equivalent amount of information (to that which would appear on a poster) contained with attractive graphics and other design elements. (minimum 14 pages).  

     

             

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