BY Nancy Knight
Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
Goals, objectives, and activities
Senior Project is a culminating event that allows students to demonstrate mastery of the technical, academic, social and employ-ability skills acquired during their four years at Cape Cod Tech. Studies have overwhelmingly shown that students who participate in Senior Project programs develop stronger independent thinking and decision-making skills while experiencing the pleasure of learning something of their own choosing. Their academic skills improve as well, and they are motivated to strive for greater rigor in both academic and technical learning. Senior Project is a one-credit graduation requirement, comprised of the following four phases: Product, Paper, Portfolio, and Presentation! Students must spend a minimum of 15 hours on their Product. Products may follow 1 of 2 paths: tangible demonstration of the student’s technical skills, which may incorporate elements of green technology into their projects (renew, reuse, recycle) or community service-based project where the student utilizes their technical expertise to benefit their community or a non-profit agency. Each student will complete a Product Planning Sheet, Product Journal and Estimated Product Cost. In determining the cost, the student must plan in advance as to what equipment or supplies will be needed in order to complete the Product. These items may be borrowed, donated or purchased.
How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
Senior Project is evaluated on a yearly basis by the Senior Project Design Team which is comprised of technical and academic teachers as well as administrators. Students requesting financial support will complete a Senior Project Scholarship Application. Data will be collected and evaluated on the number of recipients and if their financial needs were met.
Benefit to the students and the school
Frequently, we will see students that will use their own money to complete the Product portion of their Senior Project when other resources are not available. Many of these students have other financial responsibilities. The Senior Project Scholarship Fund will provide students financial support for outstanding effort and performance on their Products.
Budget (Please detail how funding will be used. Itemize as appropriate.)
Up to 10 scholarships of $50 or more will be awarded.
Students requesting funding will have to complete an application describing their Product, explaining how they had already provided funding, the total cost of their Product and the amount they are requesting for their scholarship.
Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable.)
Students will have completed the Product Phase of their Senior Project by November 20, 2014. Many students will have already used personal funds for their Product completion. Therefore, we will notify students of the scholarship and the application process as soon as we are informed of the award of the mini-grant. We will promptly review the applications and award the scholarships to our students.
*Attached below is the Student Scholarship Application from the Class of 2014.
*Attached below is the Senior Project Workbook which is used by all students. A version of the workbook along with templates and other Senior Project resources may be found at www.capetech.us/senior-project.
*Please watch our short video that shows the passion and pride of our students at the Senior Project Showcase and following their oral presentations on the Senior Project Presentation day.
* Senior Project Showcase is May 6th and open to the public.
* Senior Project Presentation Day 2015 is May 7th. We would be honored to have some guest judges from the Cape Cod Five join us. Please let me know if you are interested in serving as a judge.