MultiMedia Project: Building a Sustainable Closed Ecosystem
Overview: As a group you are going to create a WikiSpace (this is a webpage) on sustainable ecosystems
and your ecosystem experiment that you will post to the class website and post to web for everyone to see.
People will be able to search and find your page anywhere in the world! The idea here is to essentially create an
interactive lab report. This website should include all the essential sections of a lab report (Introduction,
Purpose, Hypothesis, Procedures/Materials, Data/Observations, Conclusion), but it will also include videos,
voice recordings, pictures, animations, or any other multimedia (Hence, why this is called a MULTIMEDIA
Project). Therefore your grade will be 2 part in nature; part for your lab report content, and part for your
effective use of multimedia and webpage design.
To refresh your memory, this is the directions to your original Ecosystem Project…
Project Goal: To use some type of sealed, clear (so you can make observations) container to build an ecosystem that can
sustain itself without adding any biotic/abiotic factors (other than sunlight) once it is sealed.
Project Description: You must use some type of container to contain an ecosystem. This system can be aquatic,
terrestrial, or both. You can use any materials from home, or what you can gather on Field Study. If you plan to bring live
specimens back from field study, you should plan to store them until you return to school to put them into your system
(this means brining in a fourth jar with a lid!!!). The ecosystems will be stored on the windowsill so they receive sunlight.
You must make sure that the ecosystem is SEALED with a cap, lid, etc.
Part I: Background Information: As a group you must find background information on what makes an ecosystem
sustainable. What factors play a role (both Abiotic and Biotic) in keeping an ecosystem healthy? Make sure you
EXPLAIN why each of these factors are important. What organisms are important in an ecosystem?
Part II Hypothesis: As a group you must formulate a hypothesis as to how you will can create a healthy ecosystem. This
will be a two part hypothesis.
Hypothesis 1: “The hypothesis is that _______, _______, _______, … are important Abiotic factors involved in
an ecosystems sustainability.”
Hypothesis 2: “The hypothesis is that _______, _______, _______, … are important Biotic factors involved in an
These hypotheses should be developed and BACKED UP with valid sources (see me if you don’t know what a valid
source is!!!) from your research as a group. You need to have Parts I and II completed before you assemble and start your
ecosystem. It is these 2 hypotheses that you will evaluate at the end of the project in your lab report and technology
presentation to the class (iMovie, PowerPoint, WikiSpace, Glogster).
Part III Testing your Hypothesis: This is where you actually run your ecosystem. The second you seal your lid, you
have begun your experiment. You need to collect data as a group (can assign days to each member) each day Monday to
Friday we are in school. This data must be collected in stored in a data log. You must collect both quantitative (numbers
data) and qualitative (observational) data on your ecosystem each day.
Quantitative: As part of your hypothesis you are testing what factors play a role in your ecosystem. In order for
you to evaluate whether or not your hypothesis is correct, you must take data and evaluate it. You can take
inventories of specific species, plant growth rates, etc. But you must have data that you can put in a data table and
Qualitative: You need to take observational data each day. You can take it in paragraph form, or you can make a
table to check off observations you see each day. You will also use this data when evaluating your hypothesis in
Laboratory Report Format
Title: This should be a brief phrase that identifies the experiment yet identifies the key components of the investigation.
Example: The effects of various fertilizers on bean plants. (Good!) Example: The Fertilizer Lab.(Poor)
Reports will be typed (size 12 Times New or Arial) and double-spaced (except in materials)
You must have a bolded heading for each section, similar to how this sheet is organized.
Personal pronouns (I, me, we, they, etc.) should not be in the text. This is a scientific paper, not a literary work or an
Introduction: This is where you give the reader background information on the topics your report focuses on.
Before stating your problem you will provide the reader with a background information paragraph that you have
obtained prior to performing this laboratory. You need to acquire this information through research from valid sources
You must make the assumption that the readers have NO BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE on the material.
Therefore you must give information about import key terms, concepts, and ideas that will be discussed in the rest of
This paragraph(s) should be THOROUGH. It is likely you will need to do some research and CITE your sources
during the paragraph, and at the end of your paper.
Purpose Paragraphs: This is where you state the problem/question you are trying to answer and explain what you are
specifically trying to determine in the experiment.
You ask a particular scientific question or state a problem you will attempt to solve.
You would also state how you propose to answer your question.
Hypothesis: This section should have a clearly stated Hypothesis. This hypothesis is what you will base the
experiment/test on. This hypothesis is also what will be revisited and considered in your analysis section of your
Materials: Give the materials list for your project here.
The list should be BULLETED
The list should include quantities and approximate sizes (example- three 2-liter bottles of diet coke)
Procedures: This part of the experiment should contain step-by-step instructions on how you conduct the experiment.
The procedure should contain specific times and places that are relevant to the experiment.
They should be written so that another person could follow the procedure and copy your experiment.
If the experiment is set up to test variables, then the variables as well as the control should be stated.
Observations and Data: This portion of the report should describe what occurred during the experiment. In many cases,
this data will be in numerical form and should therefore be presented appropriately by charts, tables, and graphs. In this
section, you are not going to explain your findings, only present them.
Conclusion: The final part of your report is where you analyze your data and try to explain it. Explaining it is different
than describing it from a different angle.
You must relate your findings to the problem you stated in the purpose.
You must also state if the question you asked has been answered and whether it supported any hypothesis you
may have had.
You should logically explain your data as best as you can. You are not just restating your hypothesis. You must
explain why your hypothesis was correct or not.
A hypothesis that is proven to be incorrect is sometimes the most worthwhile experiment to explain.
In this section you should also note any changes you would make if you were to conduct the experiment
Also, include any experimental errors that may have occurred.
Finally, you should list any extensions that may be performed on this experiment in the future.
MultiMedia Project Specifics
Lab Report: As a group you must write up the lab report as described above. This should be included on your
WikiSpace (copy and paste from Google Doc). Make sure to follow all formatting guidelines, and make sure
that your report is thorough. You conclusion should be well thought out!!!
Multimedia Portions: Within your website you will also include several types of MultiMedia (pictures, videos,
animation, recordings, etc.). Each person in the group is responsible for creating at least one type of
multimedia (listed below) These Multimedia sections are added to supplement your lab report and WikiSpace.
They can be inserted anywhere in your lab report, as long as they are related to the section they are located (so
if you are doing a Voki on what food webs are, you should insert it after the paragraph about foodwebs.)
Multimedia to Embed in Wiki:
http://www.voki.com/ (Talking Avatars)
http://www.bubbl.us/ (Mind Maps)
http://gickr.com/ (Animated Gif Maker)
www.voicethread.com (Voice Recorded Slideshow)
http://www.slide.com (Slide Shows of pictures)
http://www.glogster.com (Animated Posters)
Each member of the group will be graded individually for their use of embedded multimedia in their report. The
multimedia use must be relevant to the report and supplement the lab report itself. Students can earn up to 15
points for the use of their multimedia. (5 pts for the embedded multimedia working correctly within the Wiki, 5
points for creativity, 5 points for relevance to lab report content)