the best place to live and work in America? Every year many publishers
(Cnn.com, US News and World Report, Forbes Magazine)
come out with their list of the best cities for business, careers, singles,
families. Well...what about college graduates?
teams, you will conduct extensive research on one of America's cities
in order to find the best city to work and live in after college. Do you
dream of living in the fast past cities of New York, Los Angeles, and
Chicago or do you envision yourself working in a smaller city like Austin,
Seattle, or Las Vegas? Whether you dream of big city life or a more laid
back lifestyle, you will decide the best city in America for college graduates!
project will challenge you to use your research, writing, teamwork, organization,
creative, technical, and presentation skills. This project requires detailed
research in which you will use various online resources to locate, evaluate,
and collect information. In addition, you will work with your several
other class members to accomplish various tasks in this 5 week project.
members will be assigned. Once assigned, your team decide the specific
roles of each team member. Each team will have four team members; bigger
classes may have five team members. Below are role descriptions of each
Project Manager - Duties include making key decisions for group, delegating
team member tasks, ensure team stays on task, giving timeline reminders
for group, writing update emails to teacher, motivating group, maintain
group cohesion during project, leading team to success and providing
Creative Director - This person has the "creative eye" for
the PowerPoint presentation. This person has an affinity towards graphics,
design, and creativity. Responsible for architecting the technical and
creative aspects of the presentations.
Editor - This person is detail-oriented ensuring grammar, spelling,
capitalization is error free on both the written report and PowerPoint
presentation. This person is "Webster" friendly and has a
strong knowledge of vocabulary, sentence structure, and format. This
person is responsible for organizing the group binder, and making sure
team's electronic files are easily organized and accessible.
Research Analyst - This person likes conducting research and guiding
others to useful sites. This person is a "Googlefile," who
doesn't mind digging deep to find helpful and interesting information.
This person will collect and track all useful resources among team members.
This person will write the Works Cited page of the report.
team will decide on a city to choose from the list below:
York City, NY
team will be responsible for covering each of the topics below. As a team,
you will decide which team member is responsible for researching the topic
City History - When was your city founded? How was the city founded?
What are the historical events in the city's history?
Weather & Geography - What is the geography of the city? What is
the weather like? What is the average temparature? What is the rainfall?
Population - What is the population? Is this city a booming city? Is
the city diverse?
Job Opportunities - What is the unemployment rate? What are the cities'
biggest employers? What are the major industries? Is this city experiencing
a decline or growth in job opportunities?
Cost of Living- Is it afforable or expensive to live in the city?
Crime - How safe is it to live here?
Famous Attractions/Shopping/Entertainment- What can I do for fun? What
are different types of restaurants I can visit? Where can I shop till
Sports and Recreation - Does the city have major sports teams? Can the
city offer outdoor activities?
culmination of your project will result in a 1)
Written formal report and 2)
7-10 minute PowerPoint presentation of your city
presented by ALL
members of your team.
overview, assign teams, pick team name, assign team member roles,
pick a city
research topics, gather research on assigned topics
written group report: Group report due on Day 15
PowerPoint presentation; Presentation due on Day 19
team will receive a binder with colored tabs to collect all handouts
and research materials. Binders will be collected at the end of the project
and will be graded for organization.
The world today
requires the worker to think and act quickly, communicate effectively,
work effectively in teams, and produce quality results. By
the end of this project, you will have learned many valuable skills
and learned about yourself.
Do you feel comfortable in an oral presentation?
Can you effectively and efficiently find information on the Internet?
Can you work well with team members? Do you prefer to work alone? Do you
know the format of a research paper? Are you more organized now?
I hope you have
have fun working with other classmates during the next couple of weeks.
I look forward to seeing your presentations! After this project, maybe
you will be inspired to live and work in one of these BEST CITIES!
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component of GirlTECH, which
is sponsored by the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education (CEEE)
and made possible by support from the National
Science Foundation and Rice University.
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