As CHEM 181 and the laboratory unfolds, you will be exposed to a variety
of chemistries, some traditional and others on the cutting edge of science.
Hopefully, something along the way piques your curiosity and wonder. To
explore your ideas and questions about a chemistry topic of interest,
you are asked to complete a "capstone" project using digital
media. Such a project also allows you to gain experience in several areas
critical to scientific success, namely literature research, material and
idea synthesis, documentation and presentation of technical material,
ability to work collaboratively, and effective use of digital media.
of the Digital Media Project (DMP) are listed below:
The Digital Media Project (DMP) affords you the opportunity to utilize
digital media (e.g. movies, audio, PowerPoint, websites, etc.) to explore
and report on a chemistry topic. You have complete freedom to choose the
subject, the type of digital media used to convey the subject, and whether
the project takes a creative or technical slant. You should carefully
consider, however, how your choices of digital media and presentation
style might influence the effectiveness of the final product.
of your choices, the completed project must effectively illustrate the
chosen chemistry and should be self-explanatory to a knowledgeable layperson;
i.e. the "point" of the project should be clear without explanation.
Nevertheless, you should also submit a brief document, creative or technical,
describing the chemistry behind the project (2-3 pages, double-spaced,
12 point Times New Roman font (or equivalent), 1" margins). All
information sources must be cited and must contain at least two non-web-based
references. All web-based resources should be legitimate
initial idea for your project, the question you intend to address,
and a list of your team members must be submitted to and approved
by the instructor on or before October 19. This information
should be sent via email.
must meet with the instructor between October 29 and November 2; bring along
your project title, a brief outline, a preliminary bibliography,
meeting schedule and your media choice. Appointments for this meeting must be made
before October 29. You will receive 10 points for submitting
all the appropriate documents in a timely fashion.
be given the opportunity to share your DMP with other students at
a "digital poster session." The
digital poster session will be held on November 16 from 2:00-4:00pm
in Mechanical Engineering, Rooms 214, 215 and 216. Half the groups will present from 2:00-3:00pm
and other half will present from 3:00-4:00pm. You will
receive 5 points for effectively presenting your project.
completed project will be due no later than 12:00 midnight on November
16. The project will be worth 50 points. Submission should
be hand-delivered on a CD or DVD.
- You may
work alone on the DMP, but are encouraged to work in groups. Clearly,
if you are not technically savvy, it would be beneficial for you to
team up with others who are; you can perform other, non-technical functions
for the group. If you decide to work in a group,
utilization of advanced technologies is highly encouraged, the technology
alone will not influence the project grade. In other words, a project
using a basic form of technology will receive the same grade as one
using an advanced technology if both are equally effective in presenting
- the group
should be relatively small (4 or less),
- the amount
and quality of work should be consistent with the size of the group;
i.e. it should be apparent that each member working on a group project
spends the same time and energy as a person working on an individual
project (use the examples below as a guide),
group member's role must be clearly defined and conveyed in the final
group member must submit an anonymous
peer evaluation for all of the other members in the group.
You should avoid projects which focus heavily on biological processes. These often involve very complex chemistry which is not well understood, and thus, they are beyond the scope of CHEM 1811. While you’re welcome to ignore this advice, realize that few projects on biological processes have received high marks.
will be evaluated based on the following point breakdown and criteria:
Project Idea submit an original project idea, the question
you intend to address, and a list of your team members to the instructor
Meeting points will be awarded for preparing a project
title, a brief outline, a preliminary bibliography, a meeting schedule and your media
Poster Session points will be awarded for effectiveness
of project presentation.
Project points will be awarded as follows:
points for chemistry - Is the chemistry illustrated in the project
accurate and at an appropriate level and depth? Does it teach
points for written description - Is the write-up thorough, informative,
points for quality - Is the project well-constructed and aesthetically
pleasing; does it make good use of the media?
project idea (due by 12 midnight on 10/19)
meeting (meet between 10/29 and 11/02; arrange meeting before
_____ Digital poster session (held 11/16 from
2:00-4:00pm in Mechanical Engineering, Rooms 214, 215 and 216)
_____ Final project (due by 12:00 midnight on 11/16)
project description (2-3 pages)
_____ List of
group members and their project roles (if applicable)
member anonymous peer evaluations (if applicable)
DMPs (including reasonable project parameters)
You are free to use any digital media for your project. For course purposes,
digital media refers to anything which can be presented on a computer.
Possibilities include, but are not limited to:
a movie an edited movie, 3-5 minutes in length
- Chemical Defense Mechanisms (quicktime movie; ~1 minute segment) by Marko Todorovic and Tom Zhou.
Upside: This is a very creative video which is interesting and generally does a good job of
explaining the chemistry.
Downside: Some of the segments lack details about the chemistry.
- Chi-Files Phenomena [quicktime movie; vampire vignette (~19 MB) or full video (~55MB)] by Kevin Collins, Joe Kolb, Veronic Ramos and Chen Song.
Upside: This is an outstanding example which is interesting, informative, and extremely well done.
Downside: None..well that's not true. The full video contains three vignettes, making the complete
project very long. But it is so good this was overlooked.
- Chocolicious (WMA file; ~25MB) by Ian Campbell, Hanel Choi and Julia Drewniak.
Upside: This music video is very creative and fun to watch. The lyrics are catchy.
Downside: The digital project could cover a bit more chemistry but the accompanying paper was great at filling in the gaps.
- Ethanol: Nothing Corny About It (WMA file; 75MB) by Mike Billet, Kevin Brown, Chris Lee, and Dan O'Conner.
Upside: This is an great example, combining entertainment with good science. The song at the
end is a bonus.
Downside: None really.
- COMING SOON! The Science of Superglue: Cyanoacrylate by Sarah Carter, Amanda Lucht and Shannon Sullivan.
Upside: This is a super creative project and different from anything else ever done.
Downside: There could be a bit more chemistry, but what it shows is accurate,
interesting and fun.
a photo collage a compilation or series of digital photos which
"tell a story"; 20-25 pictures or 3-5 minutes in continuous
a website a website complete with links, images, and other interactive
elements; 5-10 pages depending on page length
- Fireflies: Little Glowers in the Night (flash) by William Kim, Kimberely Lewis and Oliver Park.
- The Sustainable Vampire: Blood Substitutes for the New Millennium (html) by Luis Crouch and Nick Jalbert.
- marijuana (html) by Jen Cano, Pat Casey, Bowman Dickson, and Jennifer Hsu.
- Alchemy (flash) by Colin McCrimmon,
Joshua Nunn and
Upside: These are all great examples using web-based media. The visual aspects of the sites
add to the content.
Downside: All the projects are a bit text heavy. And, the chemistry could be simplifed and
illustrated/highlighted a bit better. The movie in Alchemy is a nice touch.
- making a
PowerPoint presentation similar to a photo collage but includes
text; 10-15 pages or 3-5 minutes in continuous loop mode
- DNA (ppt) by Mai Hassan, Cal Trepanier and Sarah Tweedt.
Upside: This is a nice multi-person project using PowerPoint. The
slides are clear, informative
and to the point.
Downside: It's a little technical.
Recycling (ppt) by Ashley Farmer, Erin Lowery and Megan Pappas.
Upside: This is an excellent multi-person project
using PowerPoint. The presentation is
entertaining and informative.
a little long. The timed slides make presentation less interactive.
- A Generation of Hybrids (ppt) by Timothy Whitby.
Upside: This is a great one-person project. It is visually appealing and informative.
Downside: A bit more focus on the chemistry would be nice.
and recording a song an edited composition having a vocal track
(music not absolutely necessary); 2-4 minutes in length
- PHENYLETHYLAMINE (mp3) by Seth Strawbridge.
Upside: This is a cool little jingle about the chemistry of love. It is very creative. The narration is
a valuable (and necessary) piece of this project.
Downside: This format is hard to present and have someone learn something (but it can be
done). It's long (~7 minutes).
Media Center (RMC) provides access to video, audio, and image collections, as well as to
media-equipped carrels, group viewing rooms, and classrooms for the viewing
of videos of many formats.
Media Center (DMC) offers equipment and support for the digitization
and editing of images, sound and video and assists students with digital
Information Technology and Communication - provides useful information
and support for many computer, scanning, and web related topics.