Jump Start Your Research
The hardest part about starting your Mission Folder project can be selecting a topic to research and forming a hypothesis. Encourage your students to start by thinking about which areas of science interest them the most.
Start by narrowing down the search to one of the four Mission Challenge areas that interest your teams; Sports and Recreation, Health and Safety, the Environment and the new Renewable Energy Scenario Challenge. To view tips on Selecting a Mission Challenge, click here.
If they become stuck, encourage them to chat with a CyberGuide on the Discussion Forums on the eCYBERMISSION web site.
Reliable Internet Sources
As students use the Internet to begin their research, it is a great opportunity for the Team Advisor to take the time to share the importance of investigating the source of the article to make sure it is valid and reliable.
Author- Validate the credentials of the author
• In most cases, students should stay away from online information that does not list an author.
URL - Determine the reliability of the organization through the URL
• Educational institutions end in .edu
• Reliable government sites end in .gov
• Non-profits end in .org and can be highly political in nature
Online Journals and Magazines
• Reputable online journals should contain a bibliography for every article. The list of sources within that bibliography should be extensive, and should include scholarly, non-Internet sources.
• Every television and print news source has a web site. Think of them as a stepping stone to more reliable sources.
• How To Evaluate a Web Source - Basic Evaluation Checklist
• Bad Sources - 5 Bad Research Sources
• How do I Cite an Article? - What You Need to Know about Citing Internet Sources
For more tips and guidelines, Team Advisors can check out the Help Section of the eCYBERMISSION web site to view previous winning Mission Folders, the Team Advisor's User Guide and the Team Advisor’s Best Practices Guide.