First, everyone will tell a story about their summer using this style I developed, where we take a snapshot and identify all the physical interactions that were happening at that point in time.
Each person will also write a "Physics Things I Learned" summarizing what they learned about physics while making their summary. New for Distance Learning, this can either be 1 page double spaced or a 4 minute recorded monologue.
After practicing analyzing snapshots from our own lives for physics content, we will choose moments from the past, at least 20 years ago. We will ask a few more questions this time: What were the initial conditions that created the circumstances for this event? What were the causes?
For my example, I discussed a situation personal to me, and it was pretty moving to connect some dots from my past to now. However, it does deal with a government program that bears a racist name.
For this round of the project, I completed a PTIL again and also a description of the effects that this event had on me personally.
For the final round of this project, we will pick a moment from within the last 20 years. During the summer there were a lot of moments of racial, social, economic and political tension in the US, so I wanted to give the class the chance to talk about what they want to talk about. To model a very current topic, I chose to talk about tear gas being used in Washington D.C. on June 1.
Like before, I wrote a PTIL and a reflection on the moments effects on me, though for this reflection I also included a more thorough discussion of the initial conditions and event itself, which I will require the class to do as well.