Advanced Student-designed Labs and Data Analysis
July 20, 2020 @ 8:00 am - July 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm$550
Teachers who are guiding independent research projects typically encounter problems as unique as their students. This workshop is an advanced course to help teachers navigate the most common issues students face when designing their own research questions and methods. This workshop is ideally suited for teachers who guide students in compensatory courses with an independent research project as a major assessment such as IB, AP Capstone or project-based learning high schools–however, anyone who would like to add more data and data analysis to their course is welcome. We will walk through each step of the process of independent project design, helping students choose a topic that is neither too broad or too simplistic, and proceeding through the often harrowing trials of data collection and analysis. Workshop attendees will learn to prepare students to avoid the most common pitfalls and be given tips for helping them through the revisions and reprocessing that often marks the difference between an average lab report and an impressive one. Participants will learn to navigate large databases and use these public repositories to harvest data for specific research questions. We will explore ways to walk your students through practice research projects so they can learn skills that they will use when they work independently and consider various methods for presentation and defense in case your students will be sharing their work with an audience that is outside your classroom. Come hone your skills so you can, in turn, hone the skills of your students.