•  Extra Credit and Extension Opportunities

    In order to earn a 4 in the daily work category for science, you need to complete a minimum of 5 extra credit activities per semester. These assignments are due by the end of the semester however, they may be turned in at any time before the semester ends. In the list below you will find many, many different activities. Please find an investigation that is interesting to you. The activities listed in the general section can be done at any time. However, the assignments listed under a specific unit cannot be completed until we are in that unit at school. Please have fun exploring the Verse!

    - Cool Science Careers: Start by playing the Profession Pathfinder. It will match you to a science career on the website based on your interests. Next, print out the worksheet below that matches the career they have suggested (or choose whatever seems most interesting to you). Move through the 4 sections on the website, Imagine Yourself . . ., Zoom In, My Science Career Pick, and Ask a Scientist to help you answer the questions on the worksheet.
          - Epidemiology
          - Neuroradiology
          - Neurobiology
          - Toxicology
          - Neuropsychology
    - Careers in Computer Science: Learn the "dets" on careers in computer science, such as a personality quiz to discover where you might fit best in the field, job descriptions, salary information, certification requirements, and schools with CS degree programs.
          - Click Here for the worksheet. Fill this page out and turn it in for credit. 
    - Newsy: Class Code W365MS
    - Disaster Director: Play this game and help protect cities from natural disasters. You will get to learn how to use tools to collect important information, interpret data and make decisions about how to keep the city people happy and safe.
    Curiosity Machine: Imagine, Invent, Engineer - A community of scientists, engineers, and children creating together. Look through the cool challenges presented on the website and find one that is interesting to you. Talk to your teacher and come up with a plan on how you are going to complete the challenge.
    - Science 360: This site is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. It brings the latest most up-to-date videos about the wonders of science, engineering, technology, and math from around the world. Please find four videos on topics that you are interested in, watch them, and fill out the worksheet below.
    - MedMyst - Animal Alert!: Investigate infectious disease outbreaks.
    - N-Squad:  Help forensic scientists solve an alcohol related crime. Along the way, learn about alcohol's interaction in different body systems: digestive, circulatory, and nervous. 
    - Reconstructors: Become a member of a team of scientists who investigate substances that have both harmful and helpful effects. 
    - Virtual Clinical Trials: Work with clinical trials experts to test medical advancements and learn neuroscience along the way. 
    - CSI - the Experience: Based on the CSI television show, find out if you have what it takes to be a forensic scientist. Have you ever seen the CSI television series or just wondered what it would be like to have a career in  forensic sciences? This website has five cases, each progressively more challenging, that let you take on the role of the investigator. You will get the chance to explore five aspects of forensics: forensic biology, ballistics, toxicology, medical examination (autopsy), and ethics. To earn extra credit go through a case then print out, complete, and turn in the quiz to the Turn-In-Box.
    An Hour of Code:Do you know what computer science is?  Are you interested in learning how to do things like programming (including game design), security (including cryptography), web design, robotics (designing and programming? )This program will show you how to create, not simply use, new technologies. You can do the hour of code and print out the certificate at the end to turn into your teacher or work on the Flappy Bird Code and make a game to share with the class. Please visit code.org/join to sign up. You will need to use your Sakai  usernames and passwords and your FrogRock email address. Please enter the section-code for your homeroom teacher.
             - Period 2 enter: GNKVOB
             - Period 3 enter: EDCHEU 
             - Period 4 enter: FKTLSW 
             - Period 5 enter: PXTAOV 
    Codecademy:  Free interactive courses teach you how to program in languages like Python, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Ruby, PHP, and so much more.
    - Pencil Code:  Free program that helps you learn professional programming languages using an editor that lets you work in either blocks or text. Create art, music, games, and stories. Or invent a program that will change the world.
    Mozilla Web Tools:  Use X-Ray Goggles to see how the web works, Thimble makes it ridiculously simple to create and share your own web pages, Popcorn Maker helps you easily remix web video/audio/images onto cool mashups that you can embed on other websites, and App Maker guides you while creating personal mobile apps.
    - Nanotechnology Coloring Book: Choose one image, print it out, and color it in. This coloring book contains pictures and text related to nanotechnology Most of the images look like abstract art. When you color the images you can let your imagination run wild because most images of the nano world are taken with an electron microscope in black-and-white; researchers then apply their own colors to make them interesting and show special features.
    - Independent Study: Do you have another idea for extra credit that better fits your interests in science? Write a proposal for a special project. The project must be approved by your teacher before starting and it must be relevant to science (although it is encouraged to integrate other topics such as math, language arts, social studies, etc.). The proposal should be a detailed outline of what you would like to do including procedures and estimation of how much time it will take to complete.  
    - Scientist Mini-report: Choose a scientist and prepare a report on that person. You choose the format (written, powerpoint, powtoon, song, illustration, puppet show, etc.) that allows you to best present the information. Information copied and pasted from the internet will not be accepted. Include in the report:    
    • who the scientist is
    • where they lived
    • when were they alive
    • what are their scientific accomplishments
    • why are their accomplishments important.
     - Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab (HHMI): The Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab was developed by a team of scientists, educators, graphic artists, and film makers to explore the evolution of the anole lizards in the Caribbean. You will get an extra credit score for each module you complete. Just go to the "progress" tab and print your progress when it shows you have completed all of the sections in a module. Turn that sheet into your teacher.
    - Virtual Cardiology Lab: The focus of this lab is on heritable diseases of the heart. You are cast as a virtual intern who accompanies a doctor who is examining 3 different patients. 
    - Sorting Finch Species: The 13 species of finches that live in the Galápagos Islands evolved from a single common ancestor within the past 2 million to 3 million years. Although they may not seem to be all that different from one another, distinct species living on the same island generally keep to themselves and don’t interbreed. What keeps them separate? Print out the student's worksheet below and play the game. Turn in the completed worksheet to your teacher.
    - From Birds to People - The West Nile Virus Story: West Nile virus infects mosquitoes, birds, and people—with very different consequences.
    - Algodoo: Let's play with physics! This fun program allows users to create interactive scenes, build inventions, and design games incorporating physical systems like fluid, springs, hinges, gears, ropes, and chains, as well as concepts such as friction, gravity, refraction, and attraction. Create a 2 to 4 minute video with this program and share it with your teacher and the class.
    - Q?rius: Smithsonian Science How?:  Live webcasts about exciting science careers and pathways to cutting-edge research.
    - You're the Expert: This radio program/podcast is hosted by Chris Duffy, each show features an expert in a specialized field. Through games, sketches, and hilariously misguided guesses, three comedians try to figure out what our expert studies all day. The show ends with an interview where we hear about their latest findings and why their field is important. You're the Expert is funny, it's interactive, and you end up actually learning something.
          - Click Here for the worksheet. Fill it out and turn it in for credit.
    Robotics  Engineering
    - Do You have a Mindstorms EV3 kit at home? Check out some of these designs! Build and program one of these robots and share it with the class for extra credit.
          -  LEGO Build a Robot: http://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/build-a-robot
    Unit 1
    Determining the Size and Energy of the K-T Asteroid: After watching the film The Day the Mesozoic Died you can calculate the mass, size, and kinetic energy of the K-T asteroid based on the total abundance of iridium in the K-T boundary layer. This activity requires the ability to use and understand scientific notation.
    - Center of Gravity Creation:  Design a device that will easily balance on 1 point/tip. Your creation must include a base (like the cone we used in class) and the "balancer" (like the bird we used in class). Make sure your name is on both pieces of your creation.
    - Mystery Tube of Science
    Unit 2
    - The Particle AdventureChoose a section to read (The Standard Model, Higgs Boson Discovered: Fireworks on the 4th of July, Accelerators and Particles detectors, Exploring Unsolved Mysteries, or Particle Decays and Annihilation). Share with the class a general summary of the section you chose and include specific details and information about  one thing you found interesting. Your short presentation should include a diagram to help the class understand the information you are sharing.
    - Who's That Scientist?
    - Density Column
    - Neutral Buoyancy Creation 
    Let Your Inner Comedian Out: Write a school appropriate joke where the punch line to the joke is written with the symbols from the Periodic Table. Each element used in the punch line must be written in a square and have: the element symbol, the element name, the correct periodic number, and atomic mass. The poster must be the minimum size of 8.5 x 11. The text must be written in ink and the poster must be visually appealing.
    Elemental Jokes  
    Unit 3 
    - Mechanoluminescence 
    - Airzooka 
    - Make A Joyful Noise - Application of Sound: Use one of the music making programs listed below (or use your own) to create a song that can be shared with the class. The song must be a minimum of 60 seconds long. 
                   - Example #1: Dubstep
                   - Example #2: Dubstepping 
         - MuseScore: Go to the MuseScore website and download it (with your parent's permission). Follow the easy, 10 part "Getting          Started" tutorials. Create your own music. Your composition must be at least 60 seconds long and have at least 3 different          instruments. Save your song as a .wav file and print out the sheet music.
                   - Example # 1 of an extra credit musescore project
                   - Example #2 of an extra credit musescore project