Enjoy this ready-to-start Group 4 Project with your students! This project is carefully designed to meet the IB aims of the Group 4 Project. Your students will: A) Build awareness of the implications of using science and technology in the real world. B) Explore the relationship between different disciplines of science & C) Practice 21st Century skills of Collaboration and Communication.
What does the project entail?
Playing the computer game FoldIt. This computer game involves logic. Anyone can play, and while you play, you are contributing to research on protein folding for the University of Washington. This is considered a "Citizen Science" game.
Students will work as a team to beat all 8 introductory levels and then prepare for a group discussion about Citizen Science and Scientific Collaboration in the real world. Included are carefully thought-out discussion questions that will guide your students to participate in discussion and generate new ideas.
Watch this video on FoldIt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axN0xdhznhY
I have been doing this project for 3 years now and I look forward to it every time! Some students really love the computer game and will continue playing it at home! For all students, it's a fun break from the curriculum and a chance to do something completely new.
You'll love it for its easy set-up and minimal grading! All you need is student access to computers to download the game and play (the game does not yet work on Chromebooks or IPads).
Included in this package:
1. Student Introduction Page with FoldIt Download Instructions
2. Team Game Template
3. Discussion Questions & Student Preparation Template
4. Discussion Self-Assessment for Students
5. Final Project Rubric