Senior Venture Timeline 2016 - 2017
|Each senior will complete a Senior Project as a requirement for graduation as a way to exhibit the knowledge and maturity he/she acquired while attending Armour School District . Too often the senior year becomes a lost opportunity as students use the time to relax and party. The project must be a learning stretch, meaning the topic is not something the student has already experienced but should be an area of interest or possible career path. Each student will have two mentors: a teacher assigned to help them stay on track, and a subject specialist for guidance. The student must meet with and document at least 10 contacts with the specialist mentor. The senior projects will be assessed by following grading rubrics created for each section of the project by a panel of judges.
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|Senior Project Pledge
|Research Topic (Thesis) Identified
|Product Plan Submitted
|Product Plan Final Draft
|Parent Forms Submitted
|Mentor Forms Submitted Advisor
|Advisor / Admin Agreement
|Research Paper First Draft
|Research Paper Final
|Product Checkpoint 1
|Product Checkpoint 2
|Product Checkpoint 3
|Portfolio Checkpoint 4
|Student Work Day
SENIOR PROJECT Quick Overview
INTRODUCTION TO SENIOR PROJECT
A brief overview…
What is Senior Project?
Senior Project is designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply all that you have learned in twelve years of school to a project which will challenge all of your abilities, stretch your limitations, and reward you immensely!
Senior Project consists of four major components: the project, the paper, the portfolio and the presentation.
1) Research Paper –using MLA format following. *The paper is also a requirement of the senior level English class.The Paper
After you’ve decided upon a project, you will need to know more about how to complete it. That’s where the research paper comes in! With the approval of your SLC, you will select a research paper topic which will help you to learn more about whatever it is you’ve decided to do.
For Example… If you plan to design that advertising campaign, wouldn’t it be helpful to know about the problem and what makes for effective advertising? You might want to write a research paper entitled The Art of Advertising: What goes into an effective
2) Project/Product – Created by the student that is an extension of the research paper. It can be oriented around a performance of a skill, the development of some physical product, or the study of a profession. It should demonstrate the application of acquired knowledge from the research, and show evidence of creativity and attention to detail in its design.
The project is the core of the Senior Project experience. You will choose a project that extends your learning, stretches your potential, and challenges your abilities. What that may be is up to you. The goal is to choose a problem and act on it by finding or discovering something that you’ve never done or known before but always wanted to do or know. Another option is to take something you know or can do, but want to take it to a new and challenging level.
For Example… A possible project for someone who might be interested in a career in advertising would be to design an effective sustained advertising campaign around a societal problem such as teenage smoking—MORE than just a single poster or recording.
3) Portfolio - Collection of documents to demonstrate what has been accomplished including; journal logs, mentor contacts, sample works (rough draft, photographs, sketches, etc…), timelines, final paper, and presentation (PowerPoint, video, note cards, etc..)
Since much of the work on your Senior Project will be done outside of class, you will keep accurate records of the time you devoted, how much money you spent, where you went, who you talked to, what you learned, and so on. The portfolio is simply a place to keep all of that. Eventually, your portfolio will be examined by your Senior Board judges and graded for completeness and attention to detail.
4) Oral Presentation – 10-15 minute explanation of the purpose, content, and experience of the senior project in front of an evaluation panel.
Finally, you will present your project at Senior Boards, a time of frazzled nerves, sweaty palms, and praise. You will make a formal presentation to a panel of judges that might include parents, your fellow students, and other community members. You will share with them all about your project and paper, the process you followed, what you learned along the way, and your personal growth as a result of your ambitious project. If you chose a project that really excites you and captures your interest, your enthusiasm will shine through to your Board.
How will this project affect my grade?
Beginning with the class of 2009, Senior Project is a graduation requirement. Students who do not complete a project will not graduate.
The Project Phase
What to do and how to do it…
How do I pick a project?
Because Senior Project is one of the most important assignments of your high school career, not to mention the fact that it will take up much of your time in the coming months, you need to consider your choice of a project very carefully.
Think about all of the things you are interested in—things you would like to fix, do, learn, understand, see, improve, create, experience, or own. Brainstorm your ideas as they come to you; don’t edit yourself at this point. If you’re into sailing and want to sail solo to Hawaii , write it down. You can always eliminate ideas later if they turn out to be impractical or too expensive. Narrow your ideas down to three or four ideas which are “do-able” and prioritize them. In deciding whether or not a particular project idea will work, take into consideration whether or not research information is available and whether the project is one you can afford. Your product should take you at least fifteen hours to complete, should maintain your interest for an extended period of time, and meet the approval of your parents. Also, remember that in order to qualify as a Senior Venture, your plan needs to be one which will stretch your abilities and challenge your limitations.
Minimum Requirements of the Project
Your project must…
NOTE: If your Advisor is in any way uncertain about your project, they may ask you to revise and/or elaborate on your project description prior to approving your project. Once your project is approved, however, feel free to congratulate yourself; you’ve just taken the first step towards completing your Senior Project requirement.
- be a personal stretch and challenge,
- take a minimum of fifteen hours outside of class time to complete,
- be approved by your advisors, Mr. Preheim, Mrs. Powell and by your parents,
- be individual—no group or collaboration projects,
- and, last but not least, be legal!
Do I need my parents’ permission?
Yes, regardless of your age, you must have parental permission for your Senior Project selection.
It’s not only important, but it’s required that your parents know about Senior Project, what you’re planning to do, and how important it is to your graduation. There should be no surprises when the end of the year rolls around.
But I’ve never done this before; I’m going to need help! Right?
Right. That’s where your advisor and your mentor come in.
Your SLC teachers will serve as your on-campus project advisors. As outlined above, they will discuss with you the practicality of your project and verify your progress and your project completion. These teachers will guide you through each step of your Senior Project process—they are your on-campus resource for basic questions, general guidance, and project verification. If your project has not been completed and verified prior to Senior Boards, you will not be allowed to present it to your Senior Board panel, and you may not be allowed to participate in end-of-the-year senior activities.
The Outside Mentor
Your Outside Mentor will be someone from the community who will assist you with the completion of your project. Your Outside Mentor should be someone you seek out because of his or her expertise in the field of study around your Senior Project. You are encouraged to involve that person in the excitement of your project. An Outside Mentor is someone who can give you advice, answer specific questions, and verify the hours you commit to working on your project; however, your Outside Mentor does NOT have to be present whenever you work on your project. Think of him/her as a reference, a troubleshooter, a guide. Make sure you pick someone dependable who you can count on to be there when you need help.
How Do I Prove That I Did All the Work?
The Project Log
As you are working on your project, you will be expected to keep a project log. You should have a log entry for each time you do any project-related work. The log will help your Senior Board Panel to better evaluate your project. Your log will ultimately be included in your portfolio.
Ok… NOW you can begin!
Once you’ve made it this far, your project is approved (HOORAY!), but keep in mind, you’re now committed to the project. You will not be allowed to change your project after the approval process is completed, so don’t pick something that you have no intention of completing. You’ve got to make it work—that’s part of the learning experience.
The Research Paper
I don’t know what to write about!
Deciding what to write about may not be as easy as it might seem, so you’ll be getting some help from your advisor and English teacher.
Writing a research paper should be nothing new to you. You’ll use the same MLA format for all four years at Armour. If you should forget how to use the MLA format, fear not, your SLC will help you with this.
Minimum Requirements of the Paper
Your paper must…
- be typed
- use the number of resources your teacher specifies
- use no more than two online resources (unless “full text”, meaning source appears elsewhere in print). Articles found on the World Wide Web with no clearly identified author or place of publication will count as one on-line source and must be documented as such.
- be properly formatted with one-inch margins, double spacing, and twelve-point standard font
- use accurate MLA parenthetical references
- have a cover page which identifies the student, date, class, and SLC
- use charts and graphs when appropriate, but not clip-art and drawings merely for the sake of decoration.
What’s this! I have to do a portfolio too?
Your Senior Project Portfolio is simply a collection of all forms, documentation, and evidence you have collected, neatly packaged in a simple binder not to exceed 1/2 inch in thickness. Your Senior Project Portfolio documents the entire Senior Project process. How to complete your portfolio and when to turn in all the various components of the portfolio will be thoroughly explained by your SLC teachers.
Your portfolio must include…
Cover Page, typed
Letters of Introduction to Judges
Table of Contents
Senior Project Approval Form
Parent Permission Form
Outside Mentor Agreement Form
Outside Mentor Evaluation Form
Letter of Intent
Letters and other communications relevant to the Senior Project
Community Survey, if applicable
Clean Copy of Research Paper
Project log (15 hr. minimum)
The final step…
Public speaking! I don’t think so!
If you have finished your project, prepared your portfolio, and completed the research paper, you shouldn’t be nervous about your presentation. You should be proud of the work you have done. Senior Boards is your opportunity to shine—to showcase what you have accomplished.
The culminating activity for your Senior Project will be your Senior Boards. Your Board will consist of parents, community members, and others. Your speech will be eight to ten minutes in length with a five-minute question and answer period. You should plan to be rehearsed and professional in your manner, dress, and appearance. This is your last big performance of your high school career. Do not worry, you will have multiple opportunities to practice your presentation and refine your presentation skills.
Minimum Requirements of the Presentation
Your presentation must…
- be eight to ten minutes in length, with a five-minute question and answer period
- include a visual and/or audio aid to provide physical evidence of your accomplishments
- address not only the project and the research, but challenge/s the project required of your personal and academic growth.
The following elements should be explained in the presentation:
Goal of the project
- The student should explain the project, prove the thesis, or demonstrate the new skill
- Reason for the selection of the project
Steps to achieve goal
- How the project was accomplished, including important resources used
- The problems encountered and how the problems were solved
- What did you learn about yourself by doing this project?
- What did you learn about others?
- Would you recommend your project to other students?
- Student will answer questions from the panel
Congratulations! You made it. If all went well, Senior Project should be a memorable experience, partly because you designed the project from start to finish. And don’t forget all the many years of hard work you spent honing the skills you put to good use in your senior year.
We are proud to send you off into the world as a High School Senior Project graduate!