Wax Museum - Hall of Scientists - Research Project


Overview:
Throughout history, scientists have made many important discoveries, developed theories and built things that have changed the lives of people all over the world. As a 6th grade student, you will “become” one of those scientists. Over the next several weeks, you will transform yourself from being a 6th grader to a famous scientist who has devoted their life to improving the world we live in!

List of Scientists


Scientists Biography Resources


411:
First, we will research your scientist in school, but a large portion of the project must be completed at home. There will be due dates for each piece of the project. In the end, you will give a short speech about yourself (your scientist, of course)….AND you must LOOK like your scientist!

Grading:
Each piece of the project will have a grading scale (rubric) to ensure that you are staying on task and able to earn the maximum points possible.

Here are the different pieces to this project:
MUST DO
PICK ONE
A timeline for your scientist
Artifacts
A costume
A photo album/scrapbook
Diary/Journal
Postcards



Extra Information:
The premise of this project is to showcase your scientist at our annual Jack Hille Middle School “Souper Super” Science Night, held this year, on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009. Families can come and enjoy the work of all grade levels in the area of science and technology. Sixth grade students will present scientists in our “Halls of Science”. Seventh graders will showcase engineering projects as well as demonstrate many scientific concepts through simple experiments throughout the school. Eighth grade students will showcase their electronic games.

Again, this project will require work to be done at home. Students will need access to the Internet or a library to get adequate information.


Project Details


MUST DO:

Timeline - Find 10 important dates that relate to your scientist’s life, including his/her discoveries, personal life, places he/she studied and/or conducted research. The timeline must be neat, and all events must be chronological (in order). Pictures can be added, too.

Artifacts - Try your best to find pieces you can bring to school, that would match with your scientist’s work. You may need to be extra creative to do this. For example, if your scientist is a doctor, you may bring a stethoscope to school, or a lab coat. If your scientist studied astronomy, you could bring in a homemade telescope. You should try to find/create 3-5 items to match with your scientist’s work.

A costume - Here is another area to try to be creative as you can. Take a look at what your scientist looked like when they were living. You should try to dress up like your scientist.

PICK ONE: (This will be referred to as the “pick one” project.)
Photo album/scrapbook -
Find pictures of your scientist, places they studied, places they’ve been, family pictures, pictures of their invention or discovery. You must a minimum of 5 and create a photo album or scrapbook. Each picture should have a caption, written in first person. Example: “Here’s a picture of ME when I was a teenager.” If your scientist is hundreds of years old, do NOT create a modern looking photo album. Make it look old and worn, like an antique.

Diary - This one will take some thinking. You must include 5 entries of you (your scientist), talking/writing in everyday terms, about your life, your invention/discovery, what you’re going through, including sketches of your invention (do your best with the sketches.)

Postcards - You will need to create 2. Using either index cards, or cardstock type paper (not regular sheets of paper) create “real” looking postcards from when you were living, and write about the place you have on the front. For example you could find a picture of the university where your scientist studied, and write to someone who would have been alive at the time to send the postcard to. You must think about the time your scientist was alive. If he/she was living in let’s say, the 1700’s, you could not send the postcard to yourself, for example, because you were not living then. You could perhaps “send” it to a friend of the scientist, or a family member, or a fellow scientist. Address the postcard (the address can be made up if you can’t find a real one) and either draw a stamp on it, or find a picture of an antique stamp you could copy or draw and place that on each of your postcards.

Any questions? Are you stuck? Need help? Please see your teacher. Do NOT wait until the day before these projects are due. Please use your time wisely and keep each due date in mind. Use your assignment notebook to help keep your organized.

Handouts - available for download in case you lose yours!