2As IB Science students, you have the unique opportunity to work on a research project that steps outside the boundaries of the traditional class curriculum. The Collaborative Research Project is an interdisciplinary endeavor. Our goal is to develop and implement an investigation that combines areas of both Biology and Physics. Such an investigation has the potential to open your eyes to applications of the sciences that you may never have considered.
3Collaborative Research Projects will culminate in: Written reportPosterOral presentation
4Progression of Research Project Area of InterestQuestionMeasureableDoableHypothesisVariablesResearch DesignTake Enough Data!!!
5Progression of Research Project Execute InvestigationData AnalysisGraphsStatistical AnalysisFinal Write-UpResearch PaperPoster Symposium
6Objectives for Day 1 Introduction to the project Meet in small groups containing students from both classes“Brain Storm” project ideas
7Guidelines Allow everyone in the group to have input. Elect a group leader that ensures everyone is heard.Limit suggestions to projects that can be done in a high school laboratory, at a reasonable cost, and in the allotted time period.Learn from one another!
8Objectives for Day 2Meet in small groups containing students from both classesPresent project ideasExplain the research topicExplain the biology component of each ideaExplain the physics component of each idea
9Guidelines Allow everyone in the group to have input. Elect a group leader that ensures everyone is heard.Limit suggestions to projects that can be done in a high school laboratory, at a reasonable cost, and in the allotted time period.Learn from one another!
10Objectives Day 3 Draw teams and topics. Begin to brainstorm Research questionHypothesisExperimental design
11Each team is responsible for: Scheduling its own meetingsKeeping minutes of all meetingsOrganizing equipment and workersCollecting pertinent dataAnalyzing data in an appropriate fashion
12Data AnalysisNow you’ve got data…….……so what does it mean?
13Data AnalysisYour conclusions must be supported by statistical analysis!This will tell you whether your results can be viewed as significant, or whether your results are likely just crass chance.Which statistical analysis should you do?What do you want to find out?
14Data Analysis Analyzing the difference between two sample means “t” testIs there a significant difference between this average and that average?
15Data AnalysisAnalyzing the difference between more than two sample meansAnalysis of VarianceCompares the variance within the samples to the variance between the samples
16Data Analysis Analyzing the relationship between two factors Coefficient of CorrelationHow does one variable change as the other variable changes?
17Data AnalysisDetermining if the actual frequency differs significantly from the expected frequencyChi Square Test
18Writing Up The Research TitleShould be descriptive
19Writing Up The Research AbstractPurposeProcedureData AnalysisResults
20Writing Up The Research IntroductionProvide background informationReview other work on the subjectCiting literary research is a must!
21Writing Up The Research Materials and MethodsParagraph formSketches should be placed near the related textBriefly account for time
22Writing Up The Research ResultsBrief description of resultsCite results of statistical analysis
23Writing Up The Research DiscussionInterpret your ResultsRefer back to IntroductionCompare to published data results (with proper citation)Suggestions for further research
24Writing Up The Research AcknowledgementsSources of materialsUse of facilitiesHelp of participants
25Writing Up The Research Literature CitedProper formatMust actually be “cited”
26Presenting the Research Poster PresentationProper SectionsRole of both sciences?DataUncertaintyDiagramsClearly labeled (free-body if appropriate)Statistical AnalysisDecision values (critical value for r or values from t-table)
27Presenting the Research IntroductionIntroduce researchersGive title
28Presenting the Research Brief HistoryPertinent background info – cite literatureHow did you get the idea?Lead audience up to the hypothesis.
29Presenting the Research MethodologyExperimental DesignSpecial ApparatusStatistical Analysis
30Presenting the Research ResultsProfessionally PresentedCorrect labels, units, significant digits, etc.
31Presenting the Research ConclusionsDid the data support or reject the hypothesis?New questions and suggestions for further researchAny negative results?
32Presenting the Research Solicit and Answer Audience QuestionsDirectConfidentHonestNo ExcusesAcknowledge suggestions