Integrated Natural Sciences Assignment

Use POWERPOINT – any images will need to be cited in the report. (Requested 6 pages = however need appx 12 slides in powerpoint using BULLET points and images – see example. Please reference images too.) Scientific understanding changes over time. New knowledge, research, and events, such as natural disasters, teach us about our natural world. These new elements continually add to and deepen our understanding of the natural world.

In this task, you will research (1) a concept and (2) an event. Through these examples, show how science has changed over time. Using the course materials and other resources available to you, such as the internet, you will research a (1) specific scientific concept or phenomenon for which our understanding has changed over time (structure of the atom, theory of evolution, theory of plate tectonics, etc) and (2) a specific historical event (moon landing, Mt. St. Helen\’s volcanic eruption, etc) that has changed our scientific understanding. Note that your concept and event do not have to relate to one another.

You will summarize and synthesize your findings in your task 1 multimedia file. Overview of Integrated Natural Sciences Performance Assessment Task 1 Task 1 is a multimedia presentation describing how scientific knowledge changes.  In this task, you will research a (1) concept and (2) event and through these examples, show how science has changed over time.

You will research a (1) specific scientific concept or phenomenon for which our understanding has changed over time (structure of the atom, theory of evolution, theory of plate tectonics, etc) and a (2) specific historical event (moon landing, Mt. St. Helen\’s volcanic eruption, etc) that has changed our scientific understanding. You will summarize and synthesize your findings in your task 1 multimedia file. Please note that your concept and event do not have to be related to each other, but you can put both parts into one file for submission.

PART 1: CONCEPT Pick a science concept or phenomena that has changed over time based on new knowledge/learning/info/understanding. The task instructions in Taskstream provide some examples. Provide a logical explanation, with support, of how scientific discoveries have changed understanding of the scientific concept over time Use THREE (3) specific examples to illustrate how scientific understanding of this science concept has changed over time On the 3 examples, think of it as a sequential timeline — i.e. what we knew way back, what we knew in the middle, and what we know present day.

PART 2: AN EVENT Pick a historical event that occurred in the natural world that added to or changed our understanding of our natural world in some way. Describe the social context and the historical context of the time of the event– this is asking for what was the social/political/economic situation at the time of your event? Any historical events going on around the time of your event? A tip for this section is to Google the year of your event, and you will see a wealth of information generated that you can select to include for this section.

Discuss the impact that your historical event has had upon our scientific understanding of the natural world. Describe TWO (2) specific examples to show how your event added to/impacted our science knowledge/understanding of the natural world. Submission Checklist Before you submit your task, make sure your task does the following: Identifies a scientific concept for part 1. Describes in general how scientific understanding of the concept has changed over time. Gives three specific examples of events or discoveries that changed scientific understanding of the concept. Describes how each event or discovery changed scientific understanding of the concept. (What did scientists think before the event, and what did they think after?)

Identifies a specific historical event for part 2. Describes the social and historical context in which the event occurred. Describes in general how the event affected scientific understanding of the natural world. Gives two specific examples of new scientific knowledge that was gained by studying the event. (What did scientists not know about the natural world before the event that they then learned as a result of the event?) Includes in-text citations for all sources and images. Includes a references slide in APA format. Saves the presentation as a .pdf, .ppt, or .pptx document. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Do I submit part 1 (concept) and part 2 (event) of this task together in one multimedia file? Yes. Task 1 involves creating one multimedia presentation consisting of approximately 8 to 10 slides total in length.

Since Task 1 is a 2 part task, the first 4-5 slides will focus on the first part of the task (a scientific concept that has changed over time), and the other slides (~4-5 slides) will focus on the second part of the task, (a specific historical event) that has impacted our scientific understanding. Where do I submit Task 1? Submit all of your tasks to Taskstream. Taskstream is also where you will find the detailed instructions for your tasks, as well as the rubric for all of your tasks. In addition,

Taskstream contains a helpful resource on APA style. What should I include in my multimedia presentation? The presentation can include pictures and text to explain the concepts. The main ideas can be presented using bullet points but be sure to include detail to explain the concepts and examples asked for in the instructions. You can include the detail in the slides or in the notes section.

You will want to thoroughly review the task instructions and task rubric in Taskstream before beginning. What are some examples of a (1) concept and (2) event for Task 1? Ideas for task 1 are included in the TaskStream instructions. For part 1 (science concept that has changed over time) example concepts include the structure of the atom, genetics, plate tectonics, evolution, biogeography, or the big bang theory. For part 2 (event in our natural world that gave rise to a deeper understanding of our natural world), examples include the eruption of Mount St. Helens, the tsunami in Indonesia, or the 1969 moon landing.

Does my historical event for part 2 have to align with the topic I choose for part 1? No, you can choose two different topics that are unrelated for part 1 and part 2. In other words, part 1 and part 2 topics do not need to relate to one another. For example, part 1 (concept) could discuss how our understanding of plate tectonics has changed over time and part 2 (event) could explain how the discovery of the shape of the DNA double helix by Watson and Crick has impacted our understanding of genetics. If you so choose, you can have topics that relate in both part 1 and part 2,

for example by covering plate tectonics in part 1 (concept) and the December 2004 Tsunami in part 2 (event). I just saw an event on the news relating to a current natural disaster- Would this work as an event for part 2? Usually when events in our natural world have recently occurred, it can take a while for findings and research to be compiled. You may find more readily available information, references, and resources for an event that has happened in the past, as opposed to an event that has just occurred as there likely has not been sufficient research published on it yet. What should I include in my description of the social and historical context of the event in part 2 of this task? This relates to the context of the time in which your event occurred. Here are some guiding questions to think about:

What was going on at the time of this historic event, locally and globally? What were the dominating themes and viewpoints of this time? What is the background information surrounding the event? Note: Social and historical context asks you to think outside of the area of science, and describe the context of the times in which your event occurred. Task 1 Example.pdf Task 1 Step-by-Step Guide.pdf Task 1 – Rubic

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