Friday, 13 January 2017 - Next Notebook check will be early in the week after MLK day. Be appropriately prepared. Criteria below:
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 - Introduction & Literature Review Presentations will be held. See general approach criteria below, and the rubrics for both papers and presentations are under the Friday, 6 January Posting.
Friday, 6 January 2017 - Introduction & Literature Review due on or before 11:59 p.m. The original rubric can be used in your writing of this. There will be only one graded version of this section for the open-topic part of this course. Be sure to take the feedback you received on the SSEP Introduction & Literature Review as well as the rubric for that section.
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 - Engineering Log Book Check Criteria for THURSDAY, 22 December 2016. - please have the following items, per the class discussion today, included in your logbook entry for this week. Teachers will check at the start of the period on Thursday.
Topic Paper Senior Seminar/Paper Rubric - Presentations begin Thursday, 15 December 2016. Note: Engineering notebooks will be collected and scored on Friday, 16 November.
Engineering Log Book Check for Friday, 16 December 2016 - The following topics should be part of your Friday Log Book Check. From Monday, 12 December: 5 resources evaluation providing (1) Rating of the reference; (2) 3-10 sentence evaluation about the resource's value to you and your project, and major points for you to reference in the future; and (3) a full citation for each reference.
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 - Brainstorming Topic Ideas - 1st assignment for your engineering notebooks.
In your engineering notebooks, come up with 15 possible problems to bring up with your group members. Also, review the presentation material on "Choosing a Topic" and "The Engineering Notebook" to start this open-ended Capstone project well-informed!
DUE: @ 1st notebook check
Monday, 14 November 2016 - Final Proposal Paper and Senior Seminar Rubrics - Due Wednesday, 16 November 2016 on or before 11:59 p.m.
Friday, 4 November 2016 - Proposal Formatting Party Day! Now that your group proposals are finished, the effort will be copying and pasting the requisite elements into the SSEP format to finish our effort for the competition. The group PDF's will be kept and added to our repository of projects as part of our second year of Capstone.
Below is a template document (left) that we will go through as a class to assure all the requirements have been met for the information required by the SSEP Review Board criteria. This is necessary for all, especially for the eventual finalists. The document on the right is used to complete an individual section within the guide document.
31 October 2016 - FINAL PROPOSAL FOR SSEP SUBMITTAL You will need to submit a completed GROUP version of your project proposal IN PDF. A final checklist can be found below to assist in this effort.
20 October 2016 - Proposed/Intended Results & Conclusion Paper - The Proposed Results & Conclusion paper draft will be due on or before 11:59 p.m., Thursday, 27 October 2016. The presentation for these sections will be wrapped into the comprehensive final project proposal that other teachers and administrators to watch and enjoy all the great work you've done. The times and dates for that will be announced when details are worked out.
Additionally, please find the informational for the remaining sections that will need attention. Namely, the front matter (title page, abstract, tables of contents and figures) and references cited. The final proposal rubric can be found below as well.
Proposed/Intended Results & Conclusion Paper Rubric
12 October 2016 - Excellent Daily Research Log Exemplar. This is something to strive for in both the utility and reason for maintaining a detailed daily research log. The ONLY thing I would advise, even in the excellent log below, is to include the full reference so it can simply be copied and pasted in the future as needed. And just as in your papers, you can refer to the source as (author last name, year) every instance afterward.
6 October 2016 - Methodology Paper and Presentation The paper is due (appropriately labeled and saved to your Google drive capstone folder) on or before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, 14 October 2016. The presentations will be chosen randomly starting Monday, 17 October 2016. Methodology section should be inserted behind the literature review as part of your growing proposal, allowing the references cited to continue downward as you add material. Presentation rubric is forthcoming... stay tuned!
28 September 2016 - DAILY ACTIVITY LOG - Will be checked and graded every Friday. 5 points per day, 25 point grade will be the potential weekly grade entry. The "Template" is what you are to download to your Google Drive Capstone Folder, the "Rubric" is how they will be assessed every Friday.
9 September 2016 - Topic Paper and Presentation The paper is due to your google drive capstone folders on or before 11:59 p.m. on Monday, 19 September. Failure to share your capstone google drive folder or attach the paper to an email will result in a zero for the project. The presentations will be conducted that week and will be drawn at random by day.
29-30 August 2015 - HOMEWORK. Each of you will create a very short "Capstone Informational Share" with the Capstone class. As a class, we want to use the effort to produce as much understanding, by way of examples, of what Capstone really is. This investigation should take you no longer than 30-45 minutes to research and organize your points of discussion for your presentation of the material on Monday, 31 August 2015. If completed on paper, it is physically due on Monday; If electronic, save to Google Docs and share with me using LFatsy625@gmail.com, ON OR BEFORE 11:59 p.m. Sunday, 30 August 2015. Please take note of this deadline. Your short presentation will last 3-5 minutes (ave. 1 minute per topic) and will be informal, however, it must be apparent that you took the time required to be prepared AND I will keep you aware of your time to keep you on track. This will be a "10-5-0" grading where 10 = meets/exceeds the expectation, 5 = falls short of the expectation or effort is lacking, and 0 = not completed or completely lacking effort in the preparation. Here is what you will need to present: 1. what institution (university, high school, etc) and where? 2. what major field of study and if a more specific subfield is provide, please communicate this. 3. project overview (the purpose of the project, what problem it sought to provide a solution for, scientific or engineering/design process, a few very short bullet points as to the methods). 4. product(s). prototype, full-scale working model, a process or method to solve the problem or meet the requirements. 5. what was the relevance of the project, or why there was a need for it to be done. What was the value in the study (AS YOU SEE IT). Lastly, I want you to convey your opinion on the project.
31 August 2015 - HOMEWORK. Critical thinking and idea generation activity. As in the attached example (Excerpt Expectation) we went over in class. You'll choose two quotes to think about using to make a solution for a particular problem. Approach each quote not for the literal meaning it conveys but potentially what alternative meanings could be reasoned. For example, the quote, "A stitch in time saves nine", could be applied to a problem of a business, or process, that always finds itself having to fix things for a long lengths of time. If the business is analyzed and there is a specific point in the process that, if fixed right then and there, will save the business a great deal of time and money downstream. Be prepared to present this tomorrow for a discussion in the first half hour of class. Additionally, be prepared to share your input on the alternative meanings and problems you realize while others are giving their examples.
02 September 2015 - CLASSWORK / PRACTICE. There are 5 "Stories with Holes" in the document below that you are to explain by using your developing critical thinking toolbox. Problem one should be completed with your "think tank" and the remaining should be completed individually, then shared to see the different levels of thought and understanding in your group. Have fun with it!! Remember: perspective, look beyond habit, look beyond the literal or concrete meaning!!
05 September - 07 September 2015 - Brainstorming, Questioning, and Referencing Practice The weekend's homework is to come up with five (5) potential Capstone project ideas. You may never end up using them and that's fine. You choose an idea and then document 15 questions about each topic that comes to mind (just like the free-association we did during the forced pairing activities). If you come up with more, great, but I want you to cross off the ones that you like least so you only end up with 15. Once this has been done, I want you to find five (5) resources and correctly cite them beneath your list of questions. Beneath each citation state the value you found in each of those 5 sources. References cited exemplar posted under the "Research Tools" link. For example, "great background but methods were too complicated to understand" or "bibliography had 10 additional sources that I really want to investigate"... Start to evaluate these sources to develop a research acumen. This will become more efficient the more you tinker with the resources you have at your disposal. Homework to be done in Google docs and shared with me (LFatsy625@gmail.com). DUE ON OR BY 11:59 P.M. MONDAY EVENING, 07 SEPTEMBER 2015.
DUE FRIDAY, 02 OCTOBER 2015 - Mini Lab Reports for Part 1 (scientific method) and Part 2 (engineering/design process) Lab notebooks will be due for the the past 2 weeks of projects. Due in class on Friday.
DUE IN FRIDAY NOTEBOOK CHECK - 09 OCTOBER 2015 - Resource and search
09 October 2015. Citation Practice. Create correct APA citations for the following:
20 October 2015. Literature Review Evaluation. Use the sample literature review and assess it using the rubric that you will be graded with for your review. Remember to use the 10 questions from yesterday's presentation to help you evaluate the review below.
Literature review - Mini review. Students will write a short (1-1.5 page) literature review adding each of the following using the resources you have logged in your engineering notebooks. Choose a minimum of 3 sources (you can certainly use more!) and perform the following analyses on them. Choose one source and discuss it as having a shortcoming that you can use to develop your project. Choose two sources that agree with one another and state how they agree with one another to help support your proposed work. Lastly, choose two sources that have differing viewpoints and discuss this difference as well as how this contributes to your proposed work. Be sure to include in-text citations and a references cited section, both APA formatted. DUE ON OR BY SUNDAY NIGHT AT 11:59 P.M.
Classwork: Friday, 13 November 2015 Capstone Peeps, I'm sorry that I won't be in today. First, put your lab coats on, yes, one arm at a time as if everything is normal (if you need a hint, have a look over to the comic to the right). I have access to the room's video feed and can see what all of you are wearing... Not really, but I've always wanted to say that...
Today's Directions: I wanted to you all to have a full handle on what is due for each Capstone period as well as what I want you to complete for our work next week. There is a fair amount of work so please focus and keep on it. Period 2 has two graded items, period 3 has one that will be graded over the weekend. Please see below:
Period 2: literature review (first 40 minutes). your finalized literature review is due to me BY THE END OF PERIOD 2 TODAY (or 10:40 a.m.). It must be the same version on which you have been resolving my comments from recent grading. This work should be mostly completed so the second half of class can be utilized to make further strides toward completing your introduction section's outline (details below).
Period 3:literature review (first 40 minutes). you should use half of today's class to make strides toward completing your revisions. Your literature reviews are due to be shared to me in the same document on which you have been resolving my comments from recent grading. Your finalized literature review is due to me BY THE END OF PERIOD 3 on MONDAY, 16 November 2015.
Both periods 2 & 3: introduction outline (final 40 minutes). using the skeleton of topics and subtopics you already shared with me yesterday, I want to see further organizational changes and subtopic development in the proposal introduction. Once complete, I want to see you start to associate SPECIFIC RESEARCH that you have in your project notebooks typed into the subtopic(s) that it goes to support. REMEMBER, use the introduction guide I put on the research tools link for class as well as the introduction rubrics I handed back/put under the syllabi-rubrics-info link on the class site. These are both excellent tools. The website link for the good and poor sample introductions we covered the other day can be used to help craft a quality introduction. Why do this, you ask? When time comes to formally type the introduction from the large volume of research you have, approaching it using your outline as a checklist will make your effort as smooth sailing as it could possibly be. You'll only be worrying about grammar and mechanics rather than content and information!! I will be checking these outline updates and putting progress grades on them over the weekend so be sure to share with me by the end of class.
Here's an engineer's riddle to start the weekend off with: A farmer challenges an engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician to fence off the largest amount of area using the least amount of fence. The engineer made his fence in a circle and said it was the most efficient. The physicist made a long line and said that the length was infinite. Then he said that fencing half of the Earth was the best. The mathematician laughed at the others and with his design, beat the others. What did he do? Answer on Monday, tune in then!
Have a great weekend everyone!! Mr. F
Materials & Methods Written Section - Due on Monday, 7 December 2015 Period 2 by the end of class Period 3 on or by 11:59 p.m. Monday even
Final Materials & Methods Section - Due on Friday, 18 December 2015 on or by the end of class. WORK DAY, Thursday, 17 December 2015 Today should be used to shore up the expectations we went over the last few days on the experimental/design rationale and limitations. Of equal importance is the methodology so a clear picture is provided as to what phases and steps will be taken to accomplish your design. Any techniques associated with the methods that are given by name only should be described if the name of the technique does not clearly indicate what is to be done. Finally, this section should be inserted into the full proposal that you already have formatted, not a stand alone document.
Capstone Deadlines Update: 1. Results and conclusion due dates: 1/5 on or by 11:59 p.m. (period 2), 1/6 on or by 11:59 p.m. (period 3) 2. Tables of contents, figures, and tables: 1/6 on or by 11:59 p.m. (all periods) 3. Abstract and references cited: 1/11 by the end of class (all periods) 4. Final proposal: 1/15 by the end of class