Project Title

What can you do for your community?

 

Introduction

Community service projects allow you to apply the lessons you have learned in the classroom to real-life situations and experiences. They also allow you to raise money for those in need in your community, or help with an environmental cause. Community projects are also a good way to learn how to work with a team to accomplish a project. For ideas about projects you might pursue in your community visit these Web sites:

o   http://www.epa.gov/students/community-service-project-ideas-students-and-educators. If this direct link does not work, go to the following site and type in "community service" and in the search results you should see a link to community service ideas: http://www3.epa.gov/

o   http://www.groundwater.org/action/community/ideas.html. If this direct link does not work, go to the following site and type in "community service" and in the search results you should see a link to community service ideas: http://www.groundwater.org/

o   http://www.okcareertech.org/students/student-organizations/hosa/community-service. If this direct link does not work, go to the following site and type in "community service" and in the search results you should see a link to community service ideas: http://www.okcareertech.org/ 

 

Task

For this project you will need to decide what service project you would do for your community. You may do this project alone, but it will be most rewarding to form a small team to figure out how to accomplish your project. The project can be anything that you feel is important, but for the purposes of this activity, it should be a project that requires you to raise money for a cause. You will decide how much money you want to raise, then you will design a budget for the community service project of your choice. This should include a detailed breakdown of your costs, projected income, and a timeline showing when you expect to reach your target for the amount of money you have decided to raise.

 

Instructions

Write a brief description of your project, then add information about the money you will raise by solving the following problems:

 

1                    First problem:

         How much money do you need to raise for your community service project? Explain why this amount of money is necessary.

 

2                    Second problem:

         What are the expenses (what you need to spend to raise the money) associated with your community service project? Make sure you provide a detailed spreadsheet (or table) of the costs of all your materials, and any other start-up expenses.

 

3                    Third problem:

         How long will it take you to raise the money you need? Use graphs, and develop an equation (or several equations if necessary) to show how the different variables in your project, the money you need to raise, the time it will take, the initial expenses, and the cost of any product you make, etc. are related to each other.


Collaboration

Discuss the results of your project with your team and add to the description what effect the money you raise may have on your community?

 

Conclusions

Decide how you will share your project with others. For example, you might:

 

         Present your project to your class or at a family night.

         Present the information on a Web page. Have other students critique your project and help you to make improvements to your project.

         Write a one-page summary of your project including what you have learned from researching this topic. How has it changed your ideas about serving your community?

 

Grade

Your project will be given a score of 1 to 4, with 4 being the highest score possible. You will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

 

Score

Content

Presentation

4

Your project appropriately assigns variables to all unknown quantities.

 

Your project appropriately uses tables, graphs, and equations of all linear functions to analyze the time it will take to make the money needed.

Your presentation contains information shown in a logical and interesting sequence that is easy to follow.

3

Your project appropriately assigns variables to most unknown quantities.

 

Your project uses either tables or graphs or equations (but not all three) of most linear functions to analyze the time it will take to make the money needed.

Your presentation contains information presented in a logical sequence that is easy to follow.

2

Your project appropriately assigns variables to some quantities.

 

Your project uses a table, a graph or an equation of a linear function to analyze the time it will take to make the money needed.

Your presentation is hard to follow because the material is presented in a manner that jumps around between unconnected topics.

1

Your project assigns variables to some quantities.

 

Your project does not use linear functions to analyze the situation.

Your presentation is difficult to understand because there is no sequence of information.


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