AP Biology Post AP-Exam PowerPoint Project (100 points)

(adapted from S. Opp, CSU East Bay)



1. Pick any biological topic mentioned in the textbook. This subject must be legitimate, a "joke" presentation (origin of superheros, etc) will receive zero credit.  Humor is fine in appropriate doses, any humor that denigrates other students or groups will reduce your grade by 20 points.

2. Develop a PowerPoint presentation, Prezi, YouTube, Ted Talk, your choice [max. 20 slides or max 15 minutes not including questions (not including title slide or reference section at the end)].

    a. Use a minimum of 3 research articles plus any other reputable scientific sources for information. Research articles must be from recognized scientific journals primary sources (such as Nature, Science, etc.). Other reputable sources include Discover or Scientific American for background information only; check with me for any other non-journal sources. Images gleaned from the internet must have URL: under the images and full references on a Images/ Credits slide. All sources must be cited on the last slide, using APA citation styles. (here is a link to APA Citation Styles)

    b. Title of presentation needs to be "catchy" and informative.

    c. Include images from the web. Google "images" are a good source of material. Make sure you cite the source of any picture you use in your presentation. Place the citation underneath the image. It is acceptable to include sounds and movie clips IF the inclusion of these effects are germane to your presentation.

    d. Prepare an outline of your presentation to EMAIL out to each member of the class on the day of your presentation. (one hardcopy for the teacher)

    e. Be prepared to field questions at the end of your presentation. (no questions is not a good thing...)

    f.   WARNING: Sign up for a presentation date OR the date will be assigned.

3. Evaluation of the project will be based on the quality of the presentation (which includes the clarity of the topic, audibility, visual impact, appropriate sources of information, knowledge of subject, and the ability to field questions) and participation during questioning of other projects.

4. Here are some links that might inspire you… this project is designed to share new discovers not historic information in your textbook.

    a. Nature News: http://www.nature.com/news/archive/060515.html

    b. Science Magazine News: http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/

    c. National Geographic News: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/

    d. Scientific American News: http://www.sciam.com/news_directory.cfm

    e. Discover Magazine News: http://www.discover.com/

What to Avoid:

Avoid too many "flying" effects. Avoid backgrounds that make it difficult to see the text. Avoid placing too much information on one slide; just the salient facts are necessary. You can provide more details verbally. Avoid reading exactly what you have written or your classmates sleeping (automatic reduction of 20 points).