At Fairchild Wheeler, the Capstone project is the crowning achievement of a student's STEM science education. The capstone course is the last class in a program of study. It’s called a capstone because it represents a crowning achievement as a capstone does in architecture. This capstone course requires a project and subsequent presentation. Not to mention, our course will involve a final research paper exploring a topic of interest, emerging from a student’s individualized program of study. Ultimately, a capstone project represents new work and ideas, and gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have gained during your high school career.
The Capstone experience involves identifying an information problem in a real-world setting and developing the means to address it. Capstone projects can be research-oriented or design-oriented. Solutions are typically interactive, meaning the end product is something that can be implemented and used.
Goals for the Capstone experience include:
Choose a topic or focus you are passionate about
Define the information problem or opportunity
Determine what techniques to use to master this information problem or opportunity
Synthesize all aspects of the information problem; integrate people, technology and information
Make a positive difference for the community; be it a business, school, library, hospital, or other organization