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February 01, 2000

The International Boiling Point Project
Written By: Hazel Jobe

The International Boiling Point Project is a collaborative project developed and managed by the Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE), located at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. It runs twice yearly, fall and spring.

The project pages have a simple design that uses online forms for submitting data to a shared database.

This is a well-organized project Web site. It includes all the instructions, requirements, and resources. The Student Area, Teacher Area, and Expert Area of the site are clearly marked, and navigating from one page to another is easy.

This data collection project gives new meaning to the old saying "It's as easy as boiling water!" Students follow the scientific model of inquiry by forming a hypothesis, performing an experiment, and drawing conclusions. They analyze the collected data to determine what makes water boil. Using an interactive form, students enter the boiling point temperature, room temperature, the elevation of the school, the amount of water boiled, and the method used to heat the water into the project database. All participants are then able to search and sort the database to analyze the data and determine whether their hypotheses were correct. The project Web site also offers a discussion area for participants to discuss what they learned from doing the project and post information about their classes. Classes receive a certificate for completing the project. This is authentic learning at its best!