Backwards faded scaffolding laboratory/presentation: poster session preview, preparation

Have you ever participated in a science fair? Posed your own research question, done your own research (this student apparently has done quite a bit of "research"), and displayed your results for all the world to see?

Same thing happens at real-world science conferences, although this is referred to as a "poster session," but pretty much the same idea as a science fair.

(This is the thirteenth Astronomy 210L laboratory at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA. This course is a one-semester, optional adjunct laboratory to the Astronomy 210 introductory astronomy lecture, taken primarily by students to satisfy their general education science transfer requirement.)

Let's take a look at what we'll be doing in the upcoming, final laboratory next week, and how to start preparing for it this week.

At a conference poster session, presenters and participants get to interact with each other and exchange constructive criticism...

...most importantly, face-to-face. In order to facilitate this valuable opportunity to mingle and network with colleagues, poster session organizers typically furnish refreshments and beverages.

Which is what we'll be doing next week--so before you leave today, write up on a whiteboard your proposal for an individual research question on some aspect of the concepts explored earlier this semester, get it approved along with a step-by-step procedure, and then complete your research report for homework before you come to the next laboratory.

We'll have a poster session then, so you'll be allowed space for nine letter size sheets in a 3 × 3 format (or equivalent-sized poster board) to present your findings.

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