You will choose an article or science related video of over 2 pages or 45 minutes on science current event. It will fall into one (or more) of these categories:
· Scientific discovery – for example, scientists find comets may have delivered the water found in earth’s oceans.
· Science-related event – for example, the Japan earthquake/tsunami/nuclear plant meltdown; the launch of a space probe.
· A cultural change/happening that involves science/technology – for example, bicyclists’ clothing that can act as a radar gun to show drivers how fast they’re moving.
· Science in public policy – for example, a bill or law that deals with science (cap on carbon emissions).
The article must be timely, meaning it’s been published within the past one/two months. Videos should not be older than 2 years. Finally, technology articles are okay, but I will not accept any product announcements or reviews.
Create a write-up of your current event, summarizing the story and answering key questions. You will include a copy of the story you are citing or the golden page format for the video, movie or program.
Science current events will:
Cite the news source, using the Oceana Golden page format for citations found on the Oceana website. Magazine Article:
Perlman, Jeff. “Sultan of Swat.” Sports Illustrated. 12 February 2001: 54-59.
* Taylor, Michael. “Potholes Scar Roads Across Region.” San Francisco Chronicle. 23 October 2005:
* Give the title of the article, author’s name, and article date within the body of the summary.
* Summarize the event in your own words, using complete sentences. Spelling and grammar count.
* Your summary will answer the following questions:
· Who/what is the subject of the story?
· Where did it happen?
· When did it happen?
· How did it happen?
· Why did the event happen, or why was the event important enough to make the news?
· Why did you choose this article?
· What did you learn from the article, and what are your thoughts about this event/issue?
*CONNECTION AND COMMENT RELATED TO ONE ESSENTIAL QUESTION:
· How does this event affect the world or region where it occurred?
· How does this discovery advance science?
· What does the discovery/event mean for our society?
· What does this discovery/event mean for future work/the environment/humanity/etc.?
· If the story is about a law or policy, how does the policy or law affect science/society?
Below are several acceptable web sites and sources for science news stories. If you wish to use a source not listed below, please check with me first.
New York Times (Science Times)
National Geographic (News)
NPR - Science News
Boing Boing (Science)
Good (Environment, Food, Health, Technology, Transportation)
Scientific American (Often written for college level or higher)