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Term Assignment: Writing Your Report
Now that you’ve analyzed a lot of data from your term assignment, it’s time to start writing it up. This write-up will be similar to a lab report. You have .. goals: explain the big-picture overview of the scientific question that this project is trying to answer, explain the data being used to address this question, explain your method in analyzing that data, show your results, and come to a conclusion by telling me what you learned. I’ve broken down the parts of your report below. Make sure you include all of these parts in your report!
The Science (1-2 pages)
Describe the science behind this project. Make sure you address the following:
What is the big question or questions that the scientists are trying to figure out?
Why is it important or interesting to answer these?
What objects are being looked at?
Anything else you think is important to understand this big picture of this project.
The Data (1/2 – 1 page)
Describe the data being analyzed for this project. Make should you address the following:
What telescope, instrument, or spacecraft took the data?
What type of data is it? Describe the nature of the data – is it a set of images? Spectra? Something more complicated? If the observations detect electromagnetic radiation, what type? Visible light? Radio? Infrared? Other?
Why does this project and this data need citizen scientists?
Method (1-2 pages including screenshots)
Describe the process of analyzing a dataset.
Give a step-by-step description of the process of analyzing a dataset.
Provide screenshots of all the analysis steps for one dataset.
Results (1 page of text plus additional for screenshots)
Provide the URL link to the collection that you made (even if you already emailed it to me)
Provide screenshots for a representative group of datasets to show the range of different features or objects that you saw. Include at least five, but as many as needed to give a good sense of the different types of data you looked at.
What unexpected or unusual objects/data did you find? For any especially cool or weird ones, provide a screenshot if you haven’t already.
In a paragraph or two, describe what you learned from the data you analyzed. What did you discover about the things you analyzed that you didn’t know previously?