Monday Jan. 7, 2008 Due Today: NA Class Topic: What are we doing this quarter. Todays notes. 1 page syllabus. The full syllabus is here. What do we expect to learn (UNST Goals) Units: Collapse,Katrina, Sustainable Design, Robots Products: Group Presentations, Debate, Term Paper, Mini Portfolio, Robot Project Tracking preparation (reading, quizzes, products for peer review, ...) Evaluating Last Quarter Review the course evaluations Improving class preparation. Improving class participation. Brainstorm: improving this quarter. Results of brainstorm. In class writing exercise. Reflect on last quarter. Mentor-session Activity: Preparing for the Mini Portfolio. Guide to Publishing on the Internet webpages, links, documents, HTML public HTML directories The Reading assignment study guide. Assigned today: Read "Collapse": Prologue: A Tale of Two Farms (pp. 1 - 25) Due 01-09-08. See the study guide Writing: Pick a University Studies Goal, and give two strategies on how you personally will make progress on accomplishing that goal.
Wednesday Jan. 9, 2008 Due Today: Read "Collapse": Prologue: A Tale of Two Farms (pp. 1 - 25) Class Topic: Quiz on Collapse Prologue Todays notes. A discussion of how to read a book or paper. Collapse Unit Overview. 5 point framework. Discussion of key points in Collapse Prologue. Mentor-session Activity: Making a simple webpage with basic HTML Assigned Today: Read "Collapse": Chapt. 1: Under Montanna's Big Sky (pp. 26 - 76) Due 01-14-08. See the study guide for reading pointers. Mini Portfolio. This is a quarter long assignment. Due Monday Mar. 10, 2008. More details to follow.
Monday Jan. 14, 2008 Due Today: Read "Collapse": Chapt. 1: Under Montanna's Big Sky (pp. 26 - 76) Two hard copies of Writing assignment 1. Class Topic: Quiz on Collapse Chapter 1 (Montana) Distribute Chapters to Groups for Oral Presentations "Important Ideas in Montana Chapter" activity. Mentor-session Activity: Mentor session plan. Peer review sheet of Writing assignment 1. Create electronic connections between Montana Actvity reports, and email to Liz. Assigned today: Read "Collapse": Chapt. 2: Twilight at Easter (pp. 77 - 119). Fill in the worksheet as you read. Due 01-16-08 Decide: Each group Chooses a different chapter of Collapse for future presentation.
Wednesday Jan. 16, 2008 Due Today: Read "Collapse": Chapt. 2: Twilight at Easter (pp. 77 - 119) hand in the worksheet at the beginning of class. Class Topic: A mock Easter Island Presentation Reading a paper activity Read Capitalism and Collapse: contradictions of Jared Diamondís market meliorist strategy to save the humans. Use the reading . Mentor-session Activity:worksheet Continue work on the reading worksheet. Discuss the paper Capitalism and Collapse: contradictions of Jared Diamondís market meliorist strategy to save the humans. Group work on Presentation. Get organized. Find other sources (assign people to follow up). Assigned today: Oral Presentation. Each group will prepare an oral presentation for Jan. 28 or Jan. 30. Read the paper "Confuse: How Jared Diamond fails to Convince" Use the Hook analysis, to prepare a 1 page impact statement. Due Wed. Jan. 23. Extra Credit: Attend the "Jonathan Demme documentary" on Friday or Saturday Write a 1 page report, Handin and give a 2 min talk on Wed, Jan 23. Attention: Jonathan Demme's latest documentary, New Home Movies from the Lower 9th Ward 7 pm, Friday January 18 and Saturday January 19 5th Avenue Cinema (Hall & 5th SW) Free Admission For more information, please contact Kimberly Willson-St. Clair, 503.725.4552 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday Jan. 21, 2008 Martin Luther King Holiday - No Class
Wednesday Jan. 23, 2008 Due Today: Reading "Confuse: How Jared Diamond fails to Convince" Turn in the Hook analysis impact statement. Class Topic: Movie: Katrina. Lottery for Presentation times. Notes on How to give a talk. Mentor-session Activity: Group Practice Presentation. Play with Power Point. Creating slides, Inserting images. Extra Credit Reports. Assigned Today: Extra Credit. Particpate in the focus the nation global warming event. write a 1 page paper, and report to the class.
Monday Jan. 28, 2008 Due Today: Collapse oral presentations Slides for talks emailed to me by 10:00 am Today Class Topic: Give Group Presentations I (schedule and links to presentations). Presentation grading rubric. Mentor-session Activity: Mini portfolio template. Early Term Feedback Form. http://www.pdx.edu/unst/surveys.html CRN = 45111 The structure of a debate. See the link. Assigned today: Read "Collapse": Chapt. 14. Why do some societies make Disastrous Decisions. (pp. 419-440) Chapt14 worksheet. Due: Monday Feb 4, 2008 Chapt. 16. What does it all mean to us today. (pp. 486-525) Chapt16 worksheet. Due: Monday Feb 4, 2008
Wednesday Jan. 30, 2008 Due Today: Collapse oral presentations Slides for talks emailed to me by 10:00 am Today Class Topic: Give Group Presentations II (schedule and links to presentations). Mentor-session Activity: Decide debate topics and teams. Work on Annotated Bibliography Assigned Today: Winter research paper: Theme "Was Katrina a Modern Day Collapse". Due 02-20-08 Resource: The Katrina Reading List. Writing: Create an Annotated Bibliography for the research paper. Due 02-06-08 Reading: 6 Reasons We Lost New Orleans. Due 02-06-08 follow the link, then click on the PDF Full Text link. Due 02-06-08
Monday Feb. 4, 2008 Due Today: Reading worksheet for Chapters 14 & 16. Class Topic: Collapse. What does it mean for us today? Where do they stand worksheet Bring the previously graded Hook analysis (from the Morris paper) and the reading worksheet (from the Smith paper) and the Smith and Morris papers themselves to class for reference. What happened in New Orleans Social Justice Analyze decision making Mentor-session Activity: Choosing Debate teams. Debate preparation. Assigned today: Reading: Two required papers. Due 02-11-08 Understanding Katrina and The Loss Of New Orleans Wasn't Just A Tragedy. It Was A Plan Debate: Prepare one side of a debate on Katrina inspired subject.
Wednesday Feb. 6, 2008 Due Today: Be sure you've read 6 Reasons We Lost New Orleans. There is no worksheet. Writing: Hand in the Annotated Bibliography at start of class. Class Topic: 3 Katrina Debates 24 minutes each. Debate grading rubric. Mentor-session Activity: Six kinds of Invention when writing. Visit Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World Assigned Today: Writing: Create an outline for research paper. Due 02-11-08
Monday Feb. 11, 2008 Due Today: Writing: 2 copies of an outline for research paper due today. The second copy will be used in mentor session. Reading: Understanding Katrina and The Loss Of New Orleans Wasn't Just A Tragedy. It Was A Plan Class Topic: Movie: The Next Industrial Revolution. Grade yourself and teamates on debate. Mentor-session Activity: Writing activity Peer evaluation of outline. Assigned today: Writing: write a first draft of research paper. Due in class 02-13-08 Read Chapt 1 "They Say" pp 17-27 from the text They Say, I Say. Chapter 1 studyguide. Read the Design Manifesto, and fill in the worksheet. Extra Credit National Conference on Student Leadership Online Seminar Sign up for a FREE online Sustainability seminar on February 14!
Wednesday Feb. 13, 2008 Due Today: Writing: 2 copies of First draft of paper due today. (To be used in Mentor Session) Design Manifesto worksheet Class Topic: Sustainable design Notes on Cradle to Cradle Mentor-session Activity: Election Discussion Assigned Today: Writing: Final draft of research paper. Due in class 02-25-08 Read Chapt 2 "Her Point is: The Art of Summarizing" pp 28-38 from the text They Say, I Say. Turn in the worksheet on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 Read The Seven Steps to Doing Good Business.
Monday Feb. 18, 2008 Due Today: They Say, I Say, Chapt 2 worksheet. Be prepared to discuss The Seven Steps to Doing Good Business. Class Topic: Recap notes on Cradle to Cradle "Seven steps" Discussion. Design parameters for a new primary election system. we brainstormed a few parameters. Mentor-session Activity: Peer feedback on first drafts Using strategies from They Say, I Say Assigned today: Read Chapt 3 "As He Himself Puts It: The Art of Quoting" pp 39-47 from the text "They Say, I Say". Read The Inevitability Trap. Essay Quiz (20 minutes) on Wednesday where you are expected to use the "They Say, I Say" templates and strategies to answer 1 or 2 questions. This product will be used in Mentor Session. Create 1-2 page design for a new primary election system .
Wednesday Feb. 20, 2008 Due Today: Be prepared for Essay Quiz on The Inevitability Trap. Turn in 1-2 page design for a new primaruy election system. Class Topic: Using humour to view the election. Practice the They Say, I Say templates and strategies. Sustainable Design techniques, manifesto Mentor-session Activity: PSU selfguided sustainability tour Kit inventory Assigned Today: Please read pages 1-1 through 1-47 from the Lego Robots book. The goal is to familiarize yourself with the pieces which we will use on Monday. Extra Credit: Bill Reed of Integrative Design Collaborative will give a talk about sustainable design. Wednesday, February 27, 2008, Time 5:30 pm PT - 7:30 pm PT Art Institute of Portland 1122 NW Davis St. Portland, OR The talk is free, but register here. Attend and write a 1-2 page paper, and give a report to the class for extra credit.
Monday Feb. 25, 2008 Due Today: Winter research paper, Final Draft Due in class today. Reading pages 1-1 through 1-47 from the Lego Robots book. Class Topic: Mini-Portfolio. Intro to Lego-unit. hardware and examples. Label, and Sort kits, sign forms. Notes on the use of gears (powerpoint or pdf). Robot team assignment. Mentor-session Activity: Set up Lego-Team Blog. Identify and familiarize yourself with the lego parts. Browse the Robotics Academy website. Build something from the manual. Assigned today: Lego Parts worksheet. Drag Racer project.
Wednesday Feb. 27, 2008 Due Today: Lego Parts worksheet due today. Class Topic: Build and Race Drag Racer. Section 1.10.2 page 1-49 Notes on building tips (powerpoint or pdf). Mentor-session Activity: Work on Mini-Portfolio. Assigned Today: Tug of War project. Due Wed. March 5, 2008.
Monday Mar. 3, 2008 Due Today: Begin Design of "Tug of War" Robot. Class Topic: Notes on programming (powerpoint or pdf). Simple On-Off program. Notes on sensors (powerpoint or pdf). Tug of war designs. Section 2.1.3 page 2-5 Mentor-session Activity: Software for USB towers is installed on machines C02, C05, C08 and C11. Watch these web-based video Videos and Presentations. Reproduce the Simple On-Off program. Using the Tower. (warning, 1st time 4 minute firmware delay). Assigned today: Work on Tug of War.
Wednesday Mar. 5, 2008 Due Today: Tug of War project due today. Class Topic: Notes on light sensors (powerpoint or pdf). Notes on loops and jumps (powerpoint or pdf). Tug of War Competition. Mentor-session Activity: Notes on waiting for sensors (powerpoint or pdf). Assigned Today: The Wallace and Gromet Robot Challenge is cancelled. a simpler assignment will be assigned Monday, due on Wednesday.
Monday Mar. 10, 2008 Due Today: Mini Portfolio due today. Grading Rubric Wallace and Gromet projects was cancelled. Class Topic: Notes on conditional statmements (powerpoint or pdf). Notes on containers (powerpoint or pdf). Programming Music Demo Mentor-session Activity: Study and improve mini portfolios Links to class member's portfolios Assigned today: Simple assignment that replaces Wallace and Gromet. Final Robot Project. Due Thursday Mar. 20, 2008. A 1 page description of project is due in class Wednesday, MArch 12, 2008.
Wednesday Mar. 12, 2008 Due Today: Hand in 1 Page Robo lab final challenge Description Class Topic: Begin work on Final Robot Challenge Mentor-session Activity: End of term evaluation http://web.pdx.edu/~carpenr/evals/midyear/ CRN = 45111 Assigned Today:
Thursday Mar. 20, 2008 Final Exam time: 12:30 -14:20 Demo Robot final Projects. Links to Robot Team Blogs Final Project grading rubric. Robot Inventory