Comets to the Core – Task List

Phase 1: Teamwork

  1. Select a topic. There are many different factors that have contributed to the water crisis that can serve as your topic. Here are a few examples to get you thinking about possible topics:
    • Drought/water scarcity
    • Water conservation
    • Water contamination
    • Wasteful water use
    • Transportation/relocation of water
    • Rising sea levels
  1. Draw up a group “contract.” Outline your specific roles for the project, the desired team dynamic, and general expectations for your group.
  1. Research! Here are a few resources to get you started:

    Be sure to read as much recent work on your specific topic as you can find (this can be divided among your group members).

  1. Propose a solution. Now that you have researched your topic, think about what some of the current “solutions” look like. Here are some questions to consider:
    • What solutions already exist?
    • What do those existing solutions lack?
    • How would you improve upon existing solutions?
  1. Identify potential challenges. Every proposed solution will be accompanied by its own set of challenges and will likely lead to some unintended consequences. Here are some questions to consider when developing your solution:
    • What are some anticipated challenges to implementing your proposed solution?
    • If you are proposing an original solution, why do you think this solution has not been proposed yet?
    • Can you identify any potential unintended consequences that would be associated with your proposed solution? For example, the construction of a dam could result in ecological problems for climates and/or communities downstream.
    • How might you overcome those challenges?
  1. So what? Now that your team has developed a solution to one aspect of the global water crisis, consider why your idea is useful.
    • Is it innovative?
    • Is it cost effective?
    • Is it simple or user friendly?
    • What makes your solution better than others?

 Phase 2: Individual Responses

Submit your individual responses. After you and your teammates have identified your solution, you will each serve as public representatives of your team’s project. Each of you will be required to submit a three-to-five minute video pitch to potential investors and/or a grant review board in the attempt to secure funding so that your solution can be implemented. Note that you are not required to actually secure funding; however, if your team’s solution is chosen as one of the top five solutions, you may be eligible to receive funding at a later date. Tips for your online video presentations can be found here. You will also be asked a few questions related to this project, and you will be asked to evaluate the contributions of your teammates.

For additional information regarding the requirements for your individual responses, follow the link to the Assignment Portal that was sent to your UT Dallas email account. If you have trouble locating this information, please contact core@utdallas.edu.