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CONTEXT – Active research assignment Food and energy are essential to the lives
CONTEXT - Active research assignment Food and energy are essential to the lives of human beings as well as other species. In this multi-component assignment, you will independently develop and apply skills or behaviours that directly address either a food or an energy issue. You will pursue a concrete project along ONE of the following two streams. Choice 1 – The Construction Stream Make something! Your hands-on project should be ambitious (NOT "I will cook a pot of rice") but not ridiculous (NOT "I will build a 3-bedroom house"). It must respond to a food or an energy issue. Your construction efforts should involve a minimum of ten hours of work, excluding the planning and basic preparations. The goals of this project are: to build, produce, or repair a useful end-product; to research, learn, and apply new skills; and to convey those skills to others *OR* Choice 2 – The Behaviour Stream Change one of your behaviours for at least two full weeks! Your lived project should be ambitious (NOT "I will remember to put out the recycling") but not ridiculous (NOT "I will change my entire life and go back-to-the-land"). It must respond to a food or an energy issue. The goals of this project are: to consider, select, and implement a behavioural change in some area of your everyday life; to research, learn, and apply a new behaviour; and to convey that behavioural change to others. INSTRUCTIONS - The Plan Compose a two-page plan for your active research project. Your plan must include the following elements: i. Project vision identify whether you are choosing the construction stream or the behaviour stream; explain what you will produce or what behaviour you will change; outline how the project addresses food or energy; suggest how the project could potentially increase self-sufficiency and/or reduce environmental impacts; describe skills or behaviours that you have or will need to acquire; specify how you will acquire new skills or behaviours; assess the risks of bodily injury involved in the project and outline the measures you will take to reduce risks; list the materials required for the project; establish a timeline for the project; explain how you intend to document your project through a photo series and video review; ii. Project framework provide 2 or 3 research questions guiding your project. At least one of your questions must require you to complete some basic calculations. To come up with your research questions, think about the larger sustainability issues your project responds to. For example, let's say you plan to build a skateboard (the construction stream) or intend to begin travelling only by skateboard (the behaviour stream). Appropriate research questions may include: What impact would a reduction in car-use have on the urban environment, and why? What consequences do carbon-burning vehicles have on the environment? What kinds of policies encourage active transportation, and to what extent to they have the desired effect? How many people are engaged in active transportation where I live? What forms of alternative transportation are most popular? How would emissions shift if 5% more people chose active transportation over driving in a car? Is skateboarding a feasible mode of transportation, and, if so, under what conditions and with what caveats? On its own, your active project may be small. But you need to consider the overarching issues at stake. Your research questions will inform your research report. If you provide clear ideas to your TA at this stage, you will receive more thorough feedback. If your ideas are vague and the plan is incomplete your TA will not be able to provide you with much useful guidance. Title your submission file with your own name (e.g. Smith_Plan). The grading rubric is located in the assignment dropbox.

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