EDD Capstone Phase 3

Developing your research and your engineering design

CAPSTONE PHASE 3 OVERVIEW

Now that your first prototype is complete, it’s time to settle into the test and evaluate portion of the engineering design process.  In this unit you’ll continue to develop your design further as you make changes and improve upon your idea.  In addition, you’ll be continuing to dial-in your research and presentation in preparation for the Science Symposium.  As you work through the third phase of this project, you will be expected to:

  • Incorporate edits in your paper from feedback and add new information
  • Develop a presentation for the Science Symposium
  • Compete in the Science Symposium!
  • Get feedback on your first prototype and identify areas of improvement
  • Redesign your prototype and build a new version

In addition to our engineering work, we’ll also put together the next round of scholarship applications.  While you’re budgeting time for your research and planning, you also need to apply to three more scholarships.

  • Scholarship 1
  • Scholarship 2
  • Scholarship 3

When you’re done you will have at least a second improved prototype.  You will also have improved your engineering research paper, the corresponding presentation, and you will have even competed in the Science Symposium if your paper is good enough!  You’ll also have a few more completed scholarship applications.

CAPSTONE: THE RESEARCH

(50 pts) About 3 days

You’ll need to spend a little time editing your paper to incorporate feedback from some readers.  We’ll also take this opportunity to add new information and insights to your paper from your recent work.  Develop a presentation, and compete in the Science Symposium!

CAPSTONE: THE PROTOTYPE

(50 pts) About 5 days

It’s time to be revising and recreating your prototype.  We’ll redesign, redraw, and build another prototype.  This process goes on and on, so we’ll keep brainstorming improvements and creating new models as long as we can.

COLLEGE TASKS

(10 pts) About 2 days

While all that’s going on, it’s important that we also finalize and submit our next three scholarship applications.  Compile essays and any other necessary documents to finish off your applications.

CAPSTONE: THE RESEARCH

Finalize your research project and prepare to present at the Science Symposium

Research Wrap-Up

All good research needs to be shared with other professionals.  Here, our work on engineering research wraps up as you get to finalize your paper and present your work. First, we’ll take some time and incorporate the edits and feedback provided by your reviewers and based on your new information.

Then, you’ll put together a presentation on your engineering research and process.  We’ll finalize your presentation and have you use it to share your work with our engineering class.  Those that were selected to compete in the Science Symposium will also get to compete at UAF with their engineering research.

GRADING & PROCESS

Finalize your research paper with edits and new insights

Create a presentation that shares your work

 Present your work for our class and the Science Symposium

 Have Mr. Benshoof give feedback on your presentation

What’s Due In Capstone: The Research

  • Final Paper
  • Presentation
  • Competition
  • Mr. Benshoof’s feedback

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

  1.  You should have finalized your research paper with edits and new insights
  2.  You should have created a presentation that shares your work
  3.  You should have presented your work for our class and the Science Symposium
  4. You should have had Mr. Benshoof give feedback on your presentation

CAPSTONE: THE PROTOTYPE

Evaluate, test, redesign, and rebuild your prototype

Continued Redesign

The engineering design process is iterative and relies on a focused effort by you – the engineer – in looking for improvements.  In this unit we get another chance to rethink and redesign your prototype.  Start by getting feedback on your design from other engineers and brainstorming ways that your design can improve.  Keep in mind the parts of your design that already work well.  Take the time to redesign, redraw, and rebuild your prototype.  This version should be getting very close to a final version.

GRADING & PROCESS

 Get feedback on your prototype, and record that feedback in your engineering notebook

 Redesign your prototype to improve in places that need improvement

 Build the next version of your prototype

 Have Mr. Benshoof confirm your next prototype

What’s Due In Capstone: The Prototype

  • Feedback
  • Redesign
  • Rebuild
  • Mr. Benshoof’s Check-off

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

  1. Get feedback on your prototype, and record that feedback in your engineering notebook
  2. Redesign your prototype to improve in places that need improvement
  3. Build the next version of your prototype
  4. Have Mr. Benshoof confirm your new prototype

College Tasks

Application Time

Spring College Checklist

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.

GRADING & PROCESS

 Complete Scholarship 1

 Complete Scholarship 2

 Complete Scholarship 3

 Have Mr. Benshoof check-off your completed work!

What’s Due In College Tasks

  • Scholarship 1
  • Scholarship 2
  • Scholarship 3
  • Mr. Benshoof’s Check-off

Here’s what’s due in College Tasks

  1.  Scholarship 1
  2.  Scholarship 1
  3.  Scholarship 3
  4.  Have Mr. Benshoof check-off your completed work!

Double Check: Unit Expectations

Check what you need to have completed by the unit deadline

This third phase of the capstone project should have you wrapping up your research and pushing forward on your prototyping.  First, you’ll need to incorporate reviewer feedback and recent advances in your prototyping into your research paper.  It will then need to be submitted in its final form.   You will also put together a presentation that summarizes your research, analysis, and engineering decisions.  You’ll then present here at Lathrop and at the Science Symposium if your work was chosen.

We also have one last round of scholarships to get together.  Make sure that all of your essays and documents are in order and submitted by the proper deadline!

Engineering Notebook:

(Capstone Research) You should have considered feedback on your research and report

(Capstone Project) You should have gotten feedback on your prototype

(Capstone Project) You should have redesigned and redrawn your prototype

Building & Making:

 (Capstone Research) You should have edited and improved your research paper

 (Capstone Research) You should have created and given a presentation on your research

(Capstone Project) You should have built your next, improved, prototype

 (College Tasks) You should have completed and submitted your scholarship applications

Checkpoints & Quizzes:

(Capstone Research) You should have had Mr. Benshoof give feedback on your presentation

(Capstone Project) Mr. Benshoof should have checked-off your next prototype

(College Tasks) Have Mr. Benshoof confirm your completed applications