The purpose of this artifact is to engage the general public with DIY science. Your project is a DIY (Do It Yourself) science experiment and artifact that presents your work. Your DIY project must be related to a scientific domain such as biology, environmental science, food science, botany, chemistry, genetics, etc. You may choose to do a DIY science project or create a new instrument/tool that supports DIY science work.
You can scope your project however you want, but you must be able to articulate how the work is “scientific”. Are you testing a particular hypothesis, observing a variable, creating a new instrument, or, if you are doing an open-ended experiment, what are you hoping to learn?
After (or while) completing your DIY science work, you will create an artifact that clearly shows what you did, what the outcome was, and how the work is scientific (what was discovered?).
The artifact should be polished. To create your artifact, artifact you can leverage a medium you are familiar with (e.g., programming, printmaking, dance) or challenge yourself to explore a new format. The artifact will be showcased in the class’s final exhibit. Your audience is the general public in a setting such as a gallery or museum. Your artifact is intended for the general audience and should support engagement with a DIY science practice.
This assignment is worth 25 points. This assignment will be graded by the instructor and by your peers. The scores will be weighted to make up the final grade, with 50% of the final grade being an average all peer grades; and the other 50% assigned by the instructor.
artifact quality (5 points)
The artifact is polished, well-crafted, finished, aesthetic, presentable in an exhibit setting, etc.
public engagement (5 points)
The artifact is a standalone piece that supports meaningful engagement with DIY science work and is appropriate for a general, public audience. If your artifact requires a brief explanation, you will include it as part of the artifact (e.g., a label to be displayed next to your artifact).
iterative DIY science work (5 points)
You did an interesting experiment that engages with a scientific domain; or you created a tool to support DIY science practice, and your work shows iterative DIY science practice. You demonstrate (through blog posts, class discussions, and final documentation) that you have iterated on your project. You developed an idea over the course of several weeks. In other words, you did not slap this DIY experiment and artifact together the night before the deadline.
creative discovery (5 points)
Your hands-on science project revealed new information to the public. While you may have drawn on existing projects for inspiration, you added something new to the design of your experiment (e.g., there is a creative component to your work).
design rationale (5 points)
In addition to creating the artifact, you will post your design rational on the blog. You will clearly articulate why you chose your dataset, what issue you hoped to engage with and why you chose the particular design you created.