Save Earth!

This is the project described in my post, March Madness and How I Learned to Love Physics

In December of the year 2012, a dark unknown force will descend upon planet Earth composed entirely of antimatter.  It’s sole purpose is to destroy planet Earth by reversing physical law as we know it.  A brilliant ethereal being, the Wizardress of All Things Newcombness, discovered this evil plot while translating interplanetary messages for a top secret global project entitled Save Earth.  The frequency of these encrypted messages began to circulate throughout the universe as news of the demise of physics programs throughout planet Earth reached the Master of the Dark Force residing in Sagitarius A in the center of the Milky Way.  This army of antimatter wants to strike while students everywhere are crippled by fear and ignorance of Physics concepts.  The only way to avoid total destruction is to build an army of our own that will rise up and embrace physics as we know it.  We must arm ourselves with the knowledge and the skills required to create physical phenomena based on our laws to destroy the weapons of doubt that will be thrust upon us in December.  The Wizardress of All Things Newcombness will guide those who are able to unlock the password through a journey of discovery as we unite as one army to fight the dark force.  Together we have a chance of defeating the evil antimatter.  “All for one and one for all!” Before we can begin our journey, you must complete the first challenge to unlock level one of Work World.  There is a great divide that separates us from total destruction and the potential to save us as we know it.  In order to accomplish this, our army needs as many magic tokens as we can get our hands on to enter the world of work.  

Intrigued?  Here is the assignment that is given to the students on day one with their survival kit.  This is their summative assessment of Newton's Laws in 10th grade.  The rubric used to assess their projects can be found here.  We also had them do a self assessment on group collaboration.  The project reflections were great, definitely a worthwhile project.