EDD Capstone Phase 2

Finishing research and beginning prototype development


As our capstone project evolves, we need to continue balancing progress on the research with progress on prototyping.  Research is still the priority here, but very soon we’ll start applying the results in the development of our first real prototypes! As you work through the second phase of this project, you will be expected to:

  • Analyze the data from your research project and finish the write-up of your project.
  • Submit your engineering research report to the Alaska State High School Science Symposium (ASHSSS) by the third Friday of February
  • Apply the results of your research to narrow down your chosen prototype design
  • Draw, design, develop, and build your first real prototype!

In addition to our engineering work, we’ll also do some work related to college and the future.  While you’re budgeting time for your research and planning, you also need to do three important college tasks.

  • Apply to the Alaska Engineering Education Foundation scholarship
  • Apply for other mid-February scholarships

When you’re done you’ll have completed the majority of your engineering research report, and designed, planned, and built your first prototype.  You also will have submitted your applications for a few more scholarships – keep it up!


(50 pts) About 6 days

This is one of the most crucial components to your semester’s work and your capstone project.  Having designed an engineering experiment and collected your data, it’s time to compile your results into a final report and draw some conclusions.  We’ll also get your work submitted to the Science Symposium!


(50 pts) About 8 days

With the results of your research completed, it’s time to put that new knowledge to work!  Make a careful decision of what you want your first prototype to be.  You’ll design, draw, develop, then build your first working prototype!


(10 pts) About 2 days

While all that’s going on, you need to budget time to complete a few more scholarship applications.  By now, we’ve got this system down! Compile your documents and essays, then get them packaged and shipped off!


Summarize your results, draw conclusions, and submit your report

The Research Report

Engineering research is conducted in order to understand the mathematical and scientific principles relevant to an engineering problem.  In the last phase of your capstone project you designed and conducted an experiment to understand your engineering problem better.  In this phase you need to take your data and compile it into some meaningful graphs and results.  You’ll then complete the written research paper, edit it, and submit it to the Alaska Science Symposium!


Summarize data with useful graphs and statistics

 Complete your final research report by adding your analysis, discussion, and conclusion

 Finalize your research report’s introduction, abstract, and formatting

 Have Mr. Benshoof edit your final paper and confirm it’s completion

Submit your research report by the third Friday of February!

What’s Due In Capstone: The Research

  • Graphs & Statistics!
  • Finalize Report
  • Mr. Benshoof’s Edit
  • Submit to Science Symposium

Here’s what’s due in Capstone: The Research

  1. Summarize Data with graphs and statistics!
  2. Finalize your report’s introduction, abstract, analysis, discussion, and conclusion
  3. Have Mr. Benshoof edit your paper
  4.  Submit your paper to the Science Symposium by the third Friday of February!


Choose, design, draw, and develop your first prototype

Choosing A Design

Now that you’ve completed your engineering research, you have a solid foundation of knowledge to select your first prototype from.  Consider the results from your research and your brainstorming to select your first prototype idea.  Draw a careful diagram of what you think it will look like, develop a plan for how you will build it, and get going!


Choose the design or idea you want to follow to make your first prototype

 Draw a careful diagram of your design including labels and dimensions

 Build your prototype in the makerspace!

 Have Mr. Benshoof confirm your first prototype

What’s Due In Capstone: The Design

  • Choose a Design
  • Diagram
  • Prototype
  • Mr. Benshoof’s Check-off

Here’s what’s due in Capstone: The Design

  1. Choose the design for your first prototype
  2. Draw a complete diagram
  3.  Build your prototype!
  4. Have Mr. Benshoof check-off your completed prototype

College Tasks

Application Time

During this unit you also need to complete a range of scholarship applications.  Over the last few months we’ve been writing a variety of essays and compiling documents to make the scholarship application process smooth.  Get your applications together and submitted in time.  Look through the scholarships linked below.  Some may or may not apply to you specifically, but they’re all good options.  Your job in this unit is to start putting together applications for as many of these as apply to you!


Complete the Society of Petroleum Engineers Scholarship Application

 Complete the Neal Thorpe Scholarship Application

 Complete the Sven & Lorraine Eirksson Scholarship Application

 Have Mr. Benshoof check-off your completed work!

What’s Due In College Tasks

  • SPE Scholarship
  • Neal Thorpe Scholarship
  • Eriksson Scholarship
  • Mr. Benshoof’s Check-off

Here’s what’s due in College Tasks

  1. Society of Petroleum Engineers Scholarship Application
  2.  Neal Thorpe Scholarship Application
  3. Sven & Lorraine Eriksson Scholarship Application
  4.  Have Mr. Benshoof check-off your completed work!

Double Check: Unit Expectations

Check what you need to have completed by the unit deadline

The purpose of the capstone course is to give you the time and opportunity to go through the entire Engineering Design Process completely to solve a real-world problem.  Along the way, you’ll be using all six steps of the engineering process to develop the best solution you can to a problem of your choosing.  In doing so, you’ll create and submit an engineering research report to the Alaska State High School Science Symposium (ASHSSS) engineering project competition.  Your final prototype will be able to compete for the yearly Ehnert Prize in April as well!

In this second phase, you’ll complete the report on your engineering research.  The report will be submitted to the Science Symposium, and the results should inform your future work on your project.  Here you should be choosing your design, drawing it out with a careful diagram, and building your first prototype.  By the end of the unit, you should have built a prototype that starts to solve your chosen problem!

In addition to the project work, we also need to make some progress on our scholarship applications.  You should be compiling transcripts, recommendations, resumes and essays as needed to apply to our Unit 8 scholarships.  Keep up the good work!

Engineering Notebook:

(Capstone Research) You should have summarized your collected data with appropriate graphs and statistics

(Capstone Project) You should have chosen your design for your first prototype

(Capstone Project) You should have drawn a careful diagram of your prototype design with labels and dimensions

Building & Making:

(Capstone Research) You should have submitted your completed research report to the Science Symposium

(Capstone Research) You should have written your 3-page literature review

(Capstone Project) You should have built your first complete prototype

 (College Tasks) Complete all Unit 8 scholarship applications

Benshoof Checkpoints

(Capstone Research) Have Mr. Benshoof edit and confirm your final paper

(Capstone Project) Have Mr. Benshoof check-off your first prototype

(College Tasks) Have Mr. Benshoof check-off your completed work!