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Introduction

Where's 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?

In 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!

This 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.

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Task

Team Information

Team 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 team member: 

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 quality work

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.

City Information

Each team will decide on a city to choose from the list below:

Austin, TX Atlanta, GA Portland, OR Washington D.C.
Boston, MA Las Vegas, NV New York City, NY Philadelphia, PA
Chicago, IL Seattle, WA Phoenix, AZ Phoenix, AZ
Honolulu, HI Nashville, TN

Los Angeles, CA

Houston, TX
Dallas, TX San Francisco, CA Miami, FL San Diego, CA

Research Topic Areas

Each 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 area(s) below.

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 I drop?

Sports and Recreation - Does the city have major sports teams? Can the city offer outdoor activities?

The 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.

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Process

Project Timeline

Day 1
Project overview, assign teams, pick team name, assign team member roles, pick a city
Day 2 Delegate research topics, gather research on assigned topics
Day 3-7 Continue research
Day 8-10 Compose Group Outline
Day 11-15 Work on written group report: Group report due on Day 15
Day 15-19 Work on PowerPoint presentation; Presentation due on Day 19
Day 20-24 Class Presentations

Each 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.

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Conclusion

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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These pages were developed through TeacherTECH, the teacher professional development 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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