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WELCOME TO SOTA SENIORS CAPSTONE PROJECT WEBSITE!

 

This website is YOUR resource for answers to the questions on the

who, what, where, when, why, and how you can build a unique and meaningful project. 

PLEASE REFER TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT PAGE FOR DUE DATES AND TIMELINES.

 

GRADUATING CLASS OF 2017:  ALL SENIORS MEET AT CLUB SOTA DURING A&A FRIDAYS FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR.

 

FAQ's about CAPSTONE Project:  

 

Senior students will share:

WHAT:       an original project that combines the learning and experience of each student's time at SOTA, culminating into a                             personal vision that is driven by a commitment to the community at large and demonstrates both personal stretch and                   project management skills within their chosen major

WHO:        with the student body, faculty and families and local community members
 
WHERE:    their projects took place outside of SOTA, taking students beyond the comfort of the inner SOTA community

WHEN:      their project in May, including evidence as catalogued in the Capstone Portfolio and public presentation in their                               Senior year


WHY:         proof that a SOTA Graduate has made an indelible mark on this community and that they are prepared to leave having                     been empowered to become an active, contributing community member 
 
HOW:        with an "all in" plan of support through A&A's and accountability facilitated by Mentors, Advisors and MPGs

 
The Big Picture

SOTA students are asked to apply the cumulative knowledge they have learned at school academically, artistically and via Mentor Project Groups, toward a final Culminating Project.  The project is to be presented to the public near the end of Senior year. This SWIFT site is dedicated to explaining and guiding students through the process of Culminating Project. On this site students will find timelines, resources, and assignments to help inspire and provide structure for their ideas. 
 

This class is not optional:  it is intended to help guide and assist you through your project.  It will provide deadlines, feedback, accountability, revision and redirection ideas in the event that such a need should arise.  

Four instructors:  Aaron Shamp, Mark Kloepper, Terri Placentia and Robin Jaecklein will be your advisors and supporters.

 

Culminating Project Requirements

  • Project must be an extension of your major at SOTA
  • Project must be original and unique, emphasis on creativit
  • Project must be motivated by a commitment to the community
  • Project must reflect the four school-wide goals: thinking, balance, community, and empathy
  • Project must be a personal stretch: students will work toward a project that challenges themselves and their audience
  • Project must culminate with a graded portfolio and public presentation

Each individual is required to complete their contributions to the project, using the Phase template in the document portion of this site. Specific due dates for each Phase of the project will be determined and announced during Friday break-out sessions.

Presentations and Portfolios

  • Each Senior must prepare for and execute a public presentation on Capstone presentation day in May, including appropriate visuals and/or evidence of the project.
  • On the day of public presentations, each senior must turn in their complete Capstone Phases Portfolio, which is described in "CP Final Deliverables", found in the documents section of this SWIFT site.  This is separate from your MPG portfolio.
  • The portfolio will include typed Phases 1-5, as described in "Phases of the Project", found in the documents section of this SWIFT site. 
  • The portfolio will include an Annotated Bibliography with References and Resources, as described in Phase 4.4.


FAQ's about Culminating Project 

WHAT: an original project that combines the learning and experience of each student's time at SOTA, culminating into a personal vision that is driven by a commitment to the community at large and demonstrates both personal stretch and project management skills.

WHO: everybody in the school - staff, students, families - participating at varying levels based on grade and type of support 
 
WHERE: both inside and outside of SOTA, taking students beyond the comfort of the inner SOTA community

WHEN
: the process begins from the moment a student attends SOTA, culminating in a graded portfolio and public presentation in their Senior year

WHY: to prove that a SOTA Graduate has made an indelible mark on this community and that they are prepared to leave having been empowered to become an active, contributing community member with a full set of project management tools 
 
HOW: with an "all in" articulated plan of support and accountability facilitated by Mentors, Advisors and MPGs