Think about these questions when preparing your project proposals for the group meeting.
For each project idea:
- What is the specific goal of the project?
- Alternate phrasing, courtesy of Kit Parker - what is the "deliverable?" The thing you will point to and say "this is our project?"
- What are two or three possible means of implementing the idea?
- How many untested things have to work for the project to succeed?
- How will you test whether those things work or not?
- How will you adjust your plan when one of these things fails to work?
- How will you minimize the time/effort/resources lost to a failed design?
- Can your time/effort/resources apply to more than one design simultaneously?
- How cool, fun, exciting is the project for you?
- What if any is the usefulness or societal benefit of the project?
- What is going to impress the judges in November?
- What are the project milestones? (design, construction, testing)
- What is the estimated time required for each? (always overestimate)
- If you can't reach your ultimate goal by August, is there a satisfying intermediate goal?
- What is the immediate next step in pursuing the project?
- If DNA synthesis will be required, how soon will you have the sequence designed?