The general public has numerous misconceptions about science. My PHY101 students explored this intersection of science with society by researching a topic, performing a survey, and creating an educational website. The students chose a topic from a list to research. After researching the student came up with a question to test the misconception and three follow up questions to challenge it. The students presented their results in a non-traditional format, an informative website. This educational website was evaluated based on the attached assessment sheet.
This was the first semester assigning this project. The students seemed interested in the project due to the creation of the website. There were also many students who expressed surprise by the study. For example, a student showed disbelief that the majority of people surveyed thought the sky was blue due to the reflection of the oceans. The major concerns which need to be addressed in the future are the emphasis on the basic science, more oversight of the survey questions and class time for feedback on the site development. I have included the list of webpages for my PHY101 students.