Makeup Work / Extra Credit

Since the activities of this class are mostly project based, it's sometimes difficult to 'make-up' work, especially if the activity was group work. Below are some opportunities to choose from to do in place of the days/periods missed. Please discuss your plan for making up the time/work, how many you should do, and when it's due.

Watch/Listen/Read one of the items below and write a 10+ sentence review on your wikipage. The first paragraph should include the title of the item and a 5 sentence (minimum) summary. The second paragraph should be a descriptive, in-depth critique of the item as well as your opinion. Grade will be base upon quality and quantity of content. When you finish, notify your teacher.

  • Materials Strength Activity
  • Transportation Related
    • A skateboard with a boost
      Imagine an electric vehicle that can get you to work -- or anywhere in a six-mile radius -- quickly, without traffic frustrations or gasoline. Now imagine you can pick it up and carry it with you. Yes, this souped-up skateboard could change the face of morning commutes.
    • The future of transportation is already here
      Humanity has come a long way from traveling by horse, but when we consider the future of transportation in cities, too many of us are still stuck in the 18th century
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
    • Yup, I built a fusion reactor
      Taylor Wilson believes nuclear fusion is a solution to our future energy needs, and that kids can change the world. And he knows something about both of those: When he was 14, he built a working fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 17, he takes the TED stage at short notice to tell (the short version of) his story.
    • How Behavioral Science Can Lower Your Energy Bill
      What's a proven way to lower your energy costs? Would you believe: learning what your neighbor pays. Alex Laskey shows how a quirk of human behavior can make us all better, wiser energy users, with lower bills to prove it.
    • Freeing Energy From the Grid
      What would happen if we could generate power from our windowpanes? In this moving talk, entrepreneur Justin Hall-Tipping shows the materials that could make that possible, and how questioning our notion of 'normal' can lead to extraordinary breakthroughs.
    • Using nature to grow batteries
      Inspired by an abalone shell, Angela Belcher programs viruses to make elegant nanoscale structures that humans can use. Selecting for high-performing genes through directed evolution, she's produced viruses that can construct powerful new batteries, clean hydrogen fuels and record-breaking solar cells. In her talk, she shows us how it's done.
    • Photographing the landscape of oil
      In stunning large-format photographs, Edward Burtynsky follows the path of oil through modern society, from wellhead to pipeline to car engine -- and then beyond to the projected peak-oil endgame.
    • How I built a windmill
      When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.
    • A Solar Energy System That Tracks the Sun
      Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, talks about his life as an inventor, starting with his high-school company selling solar energy plans and kits. Learn here about a groundbreaking system for solar cells -- and some questions we haven't yet solved