I called it the "Unknown Unknowns" project, since there are many things my students don't know that they don't know....not sure if it's a perfect name...but it made sense to me!
Here is the info I provided on a handout:
UNKNOWN UNKNOWNS PROJECT
Get ready mathletes!
It's time to learn some exciting mathematics! This project will require
some hard work on your part, but I'm certain you will find the process
rewarding. I have come up with a list of
possible topics. From those, we will sign up (I would like no two pairs to have
the same topic!) for our topics.
Penrose Tiles

Fractals

Tessellations

Pascal’s Triangle

Golden Ratio

Cryptology

Bridges of Konigsburg

Knot Theory

Mobius Strip

Game Theory

Math & Music

Voting Theory

Fibonacci Numbers

Zero

History of the Abacus

Tangrams

Fourcolor Theorem

Monty Hall Problem

Pythagoras

Math & Modern Art

Zeno’s Paradoxes

Ada Lovelace

Parabolic Ski Design

Math NOT in base 10

The end result of the project will be a tenminute
presentation to our class (such as a Prezi or video). Your presentation must be done on a computer. Within the presentation, you must include
some kind of activity for your audience to participate in. This could be a
handout, quiz, activity, etc. I would also like a formal writeup of at least 300
words with citations. Through the course of the next couple weeks we will have some class time
to work. So, be prepared to use that time wisely!
You must have at least three sources (nonwikipedia), and those sources must
be cited (APA in text citations and References page). Each project must contain
a historical component and images that make sense for your topic.
Timeline of Project Completion:
Monday, April 13 (Period 1)
Tuesday, April 14 (Period 7)

·
Project introduction
·
Topic Selection

Friday, April 17 (Period 1)
Monday, April 20 (Period 7)

·
Research time with Ms. Imhoff in our classroom

Friday, April 24

·
Progress Check (10 points)
·
Must be able to show some research completed
at this point

Monday, May 4

·
Projects Due!
o
Turn in written portion and planned student
activity
o
Upon request, be willing to show Ms. Reycer your Prezi

Monday, May 11

·
Presentations Begin!
·
Ms. Reycer will email a schedule of presentations!

I love this idea! Many of my students would need more structure of what was required, perhaps in the form of a rubric or checklist, and depending on the class, more inclass research time. But it's a wonderful idea  thanks for sharing.
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