Specializations require planning and preparation. There are several ways to accomplish the tasks. Here are the steps to take as you work toward completion.
1. Brainstorm ideas for projects or activities you want to do. You must have a product and an experience component.
2. Meet with your advisor to develop the project in concept and begin the proposal process.
3. Find a mentor. Your mentor must be very experienced in the area of your project. Your mentor must be over 25 and be willing to sign a commitment form. Parents and Siblings are not eligible to be mentors.
4. Complete the Proposal Form. Keep the following in mind. Each project must have both an experience component and a product component. You will be experiencing new things and gaining new skills in every project. You will be asked to make a presentation and talk about your experience and share you’re newly gained knowledge by either demonstrating a skill learned during your project or showing your tangible product or performance.
Each project must:
Exhibit excellence and be part of a complex challenge for you. This project must be an extension of your learning. Should the product begin as an idea from a classroom assignment or extra-curricular activity, you must go beyond the requirements and make it your own, unique experience in order to qualify as a Senior Project. It should be an original product or one based on the application of complex knowledge and skill gained in the classroom. It also may not be a project that is a slight twist on a classroom assignment.
Requirements: Document your process of creating the product, including the number of hours. Use the project log as your guide. Document process through photos or video, to be incorporated into your presentation. Final presentation of project. Types of Projects / Examples / Solutions
This is a visible, tangible result of your efforts. Examples include building an engine, programming a game, publishing/selling a cookbook, writing a novelette/poetry book, designing a kitchen, etc. Examples of projects starting from a classroom project: architecture projects, material sciences projects, welding projects, technical theater projects, cooking projects…anything that is directly tied to a class from school. Example of a solution: Take the types of welds that you learned in welding class and build something with the knowledge you gained in class. Process must be documented with photos or videos.
Performances involve a public execution of an authentic skill, talent, and/or ability. These include but are not limited to the following: musical, dance, artistic, and/or dramatic performances; display or demonstration, coaching a sport, demonstrating athletic competence, planning and execution of an event. Examples of projects starting from an extra-curricular activity: Auditioned for and was selected for the lead in the school musical, went on a choir trip and preformed in Washington D.C. Example of a solution: Audition for and take part in a community theater performance. Performance must be documented (pictures, video, advertisements, etc.) for inclusion in final presentation.
Job shadowing / Volunteer Intern / Summer Seminar or Workshop Examples include police officer, chef, beautician, millwright, animal rescue, Journalism Workshop, etc. It is extended work with an organization tied to career goal or personal passion. This may involve a single mentor that you shadow or be a combination of two or more mentors. Be aware that certain professions limit the use of pictures/video, so talk to your mentor for suggestions.
5. Create your online portfolio. You will need: - A Google Sheet Log of all activities - A Slide Show or other presentation - A folder of all photos, videos and documentation
6. Presentation Guidelines
Your final presentation will involve presenting a slide show of some kind of your project.
This presentation must include the minimum content listed for each section. You must talk about each component in your presentation. The slide show or presentation must showcase each part.
Everything must be in the following order:
Introduction: (2 slides minimum - 2 minutes minimum if video) Introduce yourself; greet the audience with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. Slide One - Your name, title of project, date and photo of yourself Slide Two – A little about you; age, family, interests, future plans, etc.
Relevance: Give a short explanation about why and how you chose your topic; this is the time to hook your audience with a compelling reason for your interest in this topic. Demonstrate to your audience why this is an important or fascinating topic. Remember…you hook or lose the majority of your audience in the first few minutes!
Rigor: This is the heart of your project & slide show – this is where the majority of the PHOTOS/VIDEOS go. However, you may use them in other areas as well to enhance your slides. What did you do – product, learning, performance, or experience? What did you already know about this topic or field before starting your project? What did you want and need to learn? What did you learn about what it takes to be successful in this endeavor? What do you need to do to make this happen? School/training? More experiences? Personal management, communication? What is the job outlook, salary, hours, working conditions, pension, benefits, etc?
CRLS: Throughout this project you will have used Career Development and Employment foundations. Now you need to talk about the other four CRLS. Personal management, Communication, Teamwork, Problem Solving. How will you use each of the four skills in the future? What is the relevance of each in the field you chose, why are they important?
Sources: (1-2 slides maximum) Use MLA or APA format from the school library website citation maker. Give a brief explanation of the information you gained from each of them. Reflection: (2-3 slides minimum) What are your plans for the future? Have they changed as a result of this project? What did you learn from this experience?