Tuesday, 31 January 2017 - Homework In your engineering notebooks, the assignment is to research 10 problems in society, communities, technology, or worldwide; that negatively affects some aspect of our lives. Write one sentence defining the problem and a second sentence describing who/what is most affected by the problem. Two sentences for each entry. Remember to log it in your table of contents (TOC) and have the two appropriate signatures present in the signature portion of the notebook pages. This will be checked during your first notebook checks next week.
Thursday, 2 February 2017 - Class/Homework In your engineering notebooks, choose 2 problems and look up three sources of background information for each, from those you researched on Tuesday to evaluate and practice your referencing with. For each problem you should do the following: 1. read and evaluate the source for its usefulness to developing knowledge on your problem. A rating scale of 1-5 is what past students found useful. (1= not so useful to 5=very useful). 2. write an extended citation for that source. Use the Purdue Owl Writing Lab's APA formatting guide to help (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/). 3. Write 3-5 sentences on how that source is valuable and/or any important data/information that you can get from it. Note: if you are really dialed into a problem and would like to do 6 references for that one problem, that is completely acceptable.
Friday, 3 February 2017 - Reflection for Hidden Figures Movie Do Now for 4th period (this should be a minimum of a paragraph – they can use any or all questions to construct their response. A paragraph is considered between 5 and 10 sentences for annoying children that forgot): In your own words, summarize the main point of the movie. What was the main point of the movie? Why do you believe it is important for films like this to be made? What was your favorite part of the movie and why? What part of the movie confused you and why? Why were women overlooked for so long in STEM careers based on what you witnessed in the movie?
Wednesday, 8 February 2017 - Classwork - 10 problems, State of the Union, Brainstorm
This should be a sizable entry. One page should hold about 3 evaluations when done correctly, use this as a reference. There are three parts of this detailed entry for today: 1. 10 source evaluations that are done exactly as we did in Thursday, 2 February's posting. Remember, 3-5 detailed sentences on your evaluation. 2. Conduct a group meeting called a "State of the Union". This focuses on the questions, "Where are we now?", "What do we want to research?", "What problems are interesting enough for the group to discuss?" You should also disclose how long you talked about this as well as what the resulting group decision is. 3. Now that you've conducted a "State of the Union" and are all on the same page, brainstorm ideas to research about this problem. What are the subsections of the problem that need to be investigated so the group can become experts on the problem. Remember, keep ONLY the problem in focus at the moment. If you have great ideas for solutions, definitely write them down but don't truly develop it until your problem is entirely investigated as well as all the surrounding information on it.
President's Weekend Work - to be recorded in student engineering notebooks Work to have recorded: 1. have a set of goals for the 5 day vacation 2. include one brainstorming effort that has a listing of some topics that you plan to investigate that provides a deeper understanding of the topic/problem you plan to focus on for the Capstone course. 3. evidence of progress and becoming experts on a regular basis, be consistent with your approach to becoming experts, it will pay off!
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 - Work day The following are your goals for this morning's Capstone work day: 1. A brief reflection on whether you accomplished your weekend goals and what you have as unresolved, etc... 2. Make sure you see Mr. F, Mr. G, or Mr. B to provide the finalized group members for the Capstone project. 3. With your group, create a set of goals for today through Friday that you will accomplish. This would be a great time to do a "State of the Union" with your group to set these week-long goals. 4. Extend your research. This will be assessed in the notebook check very strictly for both content and volume. Be diligent!
Friday, 24 February 2017 - Work Day & 25-26 February Weekend Work 1. visit the "Presentations" link and go to the "7-Step U.S. Patent Search Strategy Guide", follow the steps and have each group member look up two solution ideas that you may have and see what comes up. In your engineering notebooks, document in a generalized way, what the results were. Look into a few records of these searches and record the sorts of things you find. 2. Week-ending "State of the Union". Evaluate your group's work for the three days of this week and set individual & group weekend goals. Make your goals specific and relevant to your Capstone mission. 3. Write a well-though out problem statement for where you are at right now. It may very well change as you conduct more research. More than one is great too! 4. Write a concise and well-thought out purpose of your group's mission 5. 5 NEW and well evaluated sources in and around the problem your group has chosen to solve. 6. Follow work and progress guidelines as covered in class today. Have a great weekend & enjoy the warm weather!
Monday, 27 February 2017. NOTICE: a well-crafted and polished problem statement (aka "elevator pitch") and purpose should be written in each student's engineering notebook due be on Friday, 3 March 2017. This can be an updated, revamped version of the one you wrote this past weekend, but it needs to be formalized and followed up by a statement of purpose of your group. This will be simply graded for possessing a Who, What, When, Where and How Many? and an effectively written statement of purpose. 15 points for the problem statement and 5 points for the purpose being correctly written.
NOTICE: 2-minute presentations will be on Friday, 3 March 2017 The topic will be of the student's choice BUT it must be able to adequately supplying an opening, problem statement, 2-3 supporting points, and a closure. Presentations will be selected randomly on presentation day and will be without the aid of a PowerPoint or other form of media other than your voice and notes. The rubric for the day is below. If you have any questions as to your topic of choice, see Mr. F, Mr. G, or Mr. B.
3 -5 March 2017 - Weekend Homework - the weekend homework in your engineering notebooks should include the following: 1. a set of specific goals you want to acheive 2. all research toward those goals 3. 5 additional reference evaluations in and around your problem 4. an informal list of justifications that indicate an overwhelming need to address, and solve, the problem you have chosen.
3 March 2017 - Topic Defense Informational. Topic defenses will be the paper and presentation that justifies the need to develop a solution for your chosen problem. This will require a minimum of five (5) references in your defense paper; however, more are advisable. The rubric below will be used for both aspects of the topic defense. There are 4 examples from last semester's projects that will serve to set our compass points for this semester's topic defense. Paper Format: size 12 Times New Roman font, 1" margins all around, double spaced, saved to your Google Drive Capstone folder titled "Topic Defense". Due: 7 March 2017. This has been communicated since 27 February. "The Million Dollar Question": do we write one as a group? NO. You each write your own topic defense paper; however, you can share the problem statement and group purpose. The remainder should be unique and different from your partners.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 - Classwork 1. polish introduction outline and start the proposal document in your Capstone Google Drive folder 2. create an tentative outline for the major discussion points of your forthcoming literature review 3. start the effort to continue gathering and comparing current work you've researched to incorporate into your literature review.
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 - Homework & Continued Focus on Introduction Writing 1. Complete the reflection questions on the back of the class activity worksheet from The Log Cabin Dilemma and hand in on Thursday. 2. Polish your introduction section outline and begin writing your introduction, remember, focus on background information, summarize the current understanding of the problem as we know it, provide a clear rationale behind why you've chosen to attack this specific problem with relevant data, and lastly, your problem statement/purpose communication. We'll start meeting in small groups the the coming days to help your writing efforts.
REMINDER: Formal Proposal Introduction Due Friday, 31 March 2017 at or before 11:59 p.m. (no edits after that). Part One: Paper must be in a Google doc in your Capstone folder and the folder (not the document) must be shared with all teachers in your Capstone section under the title "Introduction", if not already in your full proposal. You shared this folder weeks ago... Introduction and literature review sections are coming due in the next 3 weeks. (Intro due on Friday, 31 March 2017, Literature Review due on Sunday, 16 April 2017 with presentations of both introduction & literature review to follow from Tuesday - Friday (18 - 21 April 2017). Introduction/Literature Review paper rubrics below on the left side, seminar rubric is on the right. Part Two: You must have a complete literature review outline completed by class on Friday, 31 March 2017.
29-30 April 2017 - Weekend Homework Assure you have a "to do list" agreed upon by your group, or have a priority list made if you are working solo, written in your engineering notebooks. Your weekend work should be a complete reflection of the list you assembled. Reminder: 2-3 pages over weekends. 2-3 pages at home during the week. 3-5 pages during class time each week. This should total 7-11 pages of progress each week. Assure this is quality work, referenced, and reflects the goals you set for yourself/group.
Monday 1 May 2017 - References Cited Review This is a set of 4 references from a refs cited section that we will use to review some elements of correct citations and referencing that all students should know. Please highlight the link below and right click --> "Go to website". FYI, This is a view only page. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_0Qcrdqi5k69-JYpV3oSrwGRaZqi2Zln9Nvc_ti6Jyg/edit?usp=sharing
Methodology Section Paper Informational Due date: Friday, 19 May 2017 on or before 11:59 p.m. Format: must be in the format of your final proposal, behind the title page, abstract, TOC, TOF, TOT, introduction, and literature review sections, with the references cited to follow it with all the references for the methodology and all preceding chapters. Size 12 Times New Roman font, double spaced, 1" margins. Guidelines: follow the guidelines handed out and reviewed in class at the beginning of the section (a copy is below for reference). The Gantt Chart example is attached below as well.
Methodology Seminar Presentation Informational Date: to begin on Monday, 22 May 2017 and will continue until finished Format: groups will be randomly drawn to present so your being prepared is crucial. Should a group not be prepared to present on the day they are called, The group will receive no credit for the seminar. Guidelines: rubric can be found below.
FINAL PROPOSAL PAPER & SEMINAR INFORMATIONAL (1) Important Dates: *** Presentations begin on Tuesday, 6 June 2017 and will continue through Friday, 9 June 2017. Presentation schedules will be posted Tuesday, 30 May 2017. *** Your final proposal paper is due in your Google Drive Capstone folder on or before 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, 7 June 2017. *** Your proposal poster is due on the day of your period's finals (P1=12 June, P2=13 June, and P4=15 June)
(2) Additional Information of Note: Your final proposal paper & associated seminar will compose the 40% E2 grade for the second semester. Rubrics: Can be found within the document below as well as a checklist of things to make certain you have in check for your paper. (3) After finals: Student asks: What do we do after our paper is turned in? Mr. F, G, & B's answer: Create a proposal poster like those displayed around the Capstone open space area. These posters are very common in academia to be like a very polished science fair board, but on one 2' x 3' (or s4" x 36") sheet of poster. We will have these printed in equally large format so all of your amazing work can be available to inspire The Aerospace School's future Capstone students. Some great examples from past graduates can be found below!