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Thursday, January 27, 2011


Plagiarism is when you somehow take someone else's written work and try to pass it off as your own. It can happen when you don't tell where you got information from or when you copy text word-for-word from something you are reading. Learning how to copy-paste is good, but you need to use it in only the right way!

Here is a worksheet and an example newsletter that you'll need for work on your BP Oil Spill project.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The College Life

In a few weeks some of you will be traveling to the University of Houston to learn about engineering research and to see the campus. It will be a time of seeing new things, seeing what college campus is like, meeting some students, and going to Starbucks.

Before we do all that though, we are going to talk about what college is and what a college education does for you. We're also going to analyze ethnic patterns in college attendance at the University of Houston. You'll need some data to begin that little journey. You'll find the data below.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Nanofoods could change the way you eat forever! We'll learn a lot more about it in class today, and you can tell me if you are excited or cautious about them. To do the assignment today on the NANO NUMBER LINE, just click here to get started.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What's going on here?

This is something that many of you probably deal with several times a week, and it is related to what we'll talk about this week in class. If you can guess correctly what it is, then I'll get you some gum. I'll give you a hint. This image is EXTREMELY zoomed in, and this stuff has been around for about 250 years.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pacman Pie Chart!

Hey Fonville Techno Students!

I know that you have been working on your exploding pie charts with explanation, and I have looked through many of them though am still grading them. They are looking pretty good, and I think most of you understand what you are doing. If you DON'T feel like you understand why I am having you do this, then be ready to ask me when I come in later this week.

For now I thought you would appreciate a joke pie chart created by someone (I really don't know who invented this thing) concerning Pacman. I know that many of you with an affinity for video games will know who Pacman is. You should ask yourself these questions:

1) What does this chart have to do with Pacman?
2) Why is this pie chart funny?

Admittedly, this is a little bit of nerd humor, but there is a little bit of nerd in everyone. (I will help you find the little nerd inside of you through at least one activity this semester!)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Harry Potter's Sorting Hat!

Hey Fonville Fans!

Have you ever watched much Harry Potter? Well I don't actually need to ask you because I have a bunch of survey data that you gave me that says you don't think it's so great. Well there is one useful scene from the movie that we'll be using this week as we discuss SORTING in Microsoft Excel.

If you aren't familiar with Excel much you will be. This is what everyday engineers like me use every day, but it will allow you to be POWERFUL with any data that you are using. You'll need to download these items to begin getting the power. :-)

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Truth (about the oil spill) is Out There

"The truth is out there" is a common phrase used in movies, books, previews, and news articles to encourage people to look for the information that they seek to find. That is what I am hoping you will do on this Gulf Oil Spill newsletter, and the links below will help you, probably even better than just doing a simple Google search.

I challenge you to actually READ and UNDERSTAND what a few articles are saying. Learn something new. Don't just get the assignment done. Someday your brain will thank you.