During the first seven weeks of class, project work builds incrementally as described in each week's lectures, labs, and assignments. The Project Work list in Week 5 Assignments summarizes much of that preliminary work.
After the spring break trips, the class focuses intensely on their projects. This page describes the project design process and deliverables starting with Week 9.
Examples of student work can be found on the Project Results page.
Each week, your team should update your team's wiki page. If you do a great job documenting everything, it will make your final report much, MUCH easier to write.
The wiki should include key documents (project specs, etc.), an ever-changing schedule, photos from experiments, scans of best brainstormed ideas, etc. It should also contain a weekly report on your communications with your community partner (you should do everything in your power — regular emails and/or phonecalls to stay in touch) so that they are up to date on your progress and can offer feedback.
At this review, you'll have 10 minutes to present your project, and then 15 minutes for discussion and questions. If you want to use powerpoint, send me your presentation by 9 am that morning. You should bring your working prototype and show it working. For teams that will need fire, for example, you should think about whether you want to do your presentation outside, but also have a weather backup, like a video of your prototype working. You should also have a looks-like prototype, either by making your working prototype one that looks like it's supposed to look like, or by making a second prototype. (For example, if you were inventing an iphone, you could have one prototype that was on a laptop that showed all the software functionality of the iphone (works-like), and a metal and glass model that didn't work but showed how it'd look, or you could have the whole iphone all together, depending on how far along you were in your design process. There will be some people at the design review who will be brand new, so as you prepare your presentation, assume a scientific audience with no background on your project or D-Lab Energy whatsoever.
A video of the initial design review presentations is on the Project Results page.
Our final presentations will be part of a Saturday showcase of the projects from all D-Lab classes. Each team will prepare the following:
A video of the final design review presentations is on the Project Results page.
The final report (one per team) is due at noon on our final class day, along with a teamwork survey (one per person).
The purpose of the final report is to document your project so that community partners and/or future students interested in your work can understand it, avoid repetition, and make further progress. As a team, write a 12-15 page report describing your project. In it you should include:
As always when writing, be sure to cite any references properly and edit carefully.
Sample final reports can found on the Project Results page.