I must adhere to the key ideals of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection as a student at SLA Beeber. My capstone project will reflect all of these fundamental ideals. The goal of this project is to demonstrate the skills and abilities I’ve gained during my four years at school by creating my own project that will assist the community or society. In this project, I want to solve two problems with one solution. Addressing this problem has the potential to benefit all living things on the planet. The major purpose of my initiative is to reduce pollution and repair the ozone layer. We can improve environmental instability by making this product simple and available to everyone. In this project, I’ll build an electric bike as a prototype for an environmental improvement strategy. Individuals who seek speedy and convenient travel while reducing environmental impact will be offered the go-kart. By switching from steam to electric engines in autos. While this concept is based on those two aspects, environmental protection and human assistance, it is a step toward a better future because it could be mass-produced to reduce the usage of gas vehicles by making it more convenient for people. This strategy will benefit the community while also educating them. It will teach the community how to be free.
For my capstone, I wrote this year’s SLA Beeber theater production!! It was a play entitled A How-to Guide for the Haunting and the Haunted, written by me and directed by the lovely Ms. Hare. I was involved in many aspects of it, from (of course) writing the script to casting to designing the set. I even acted in it!! It was an absolutely glorious experience and I am so very glad I got to have the opportunity.
For my capstone project, I worked with Jownira to research the issues that children face, especially the ones who need to carry oxygen cylinders on daily basis. We planned to make a flexible oxygen cylinder holder that can sense children’s movement so that they don’t always need to be assisted by an adult. However, the process wasn’t very easy as we started working on it, due to not having enough resources. Considering the research and also the accessibility to resources, we had to change our initial plan. We ended up making a car seat belt for the oxygen cylinder that can be used while traveling; it will secure the cylinder well, preventing it from possible accidental drips. After making our product, we presented our project as a proposal to the organization that funded us. Our main goal was to spread awareness on this issue which barely gets spoken about in our community so that people who are in power can take a step toward changing the issue. It was a different and unique experience for both of us. We have learned to think critically about the people and give back to the community that we are in. We noticed how difficult a task could be even though it may seem an easy task to do at first. Lastly, we have to acknowledge not to be afraid to change our plan if things don’t work out the way we wanted to be.
For me and Justyce project we decided to do a Talent Show. We were advocating for this talent show to happen because these past couple of years of living in a pandemic have been challenging for many of us all. I’m sure many are still trying to process everything that has occurred along with dealing with grief & loss. We believe that having this talent show will be refreshing, promote positive school spirit, uplift & support one another, and bring many together socially again. We can’t erase the past as we know but we can do our best to move forward and begin to enjoy life again. This is also our last year at SLA so we thought why not leave on a fun positive note and doing something that would benefit the school in a positive way. In doing this capstone we ran into some challenges because although covid has gotten better we are still enduring some complications hence having the talent show. Throughout this processed one of our complications was trying to find a date to have our talent show. After the many complications of finding a date because of covid we decided that doing this talent show we had to change some things around making this talent show an unusual one. So, we turned our show into a virtual talent show allowing students to turn in videos of their talent and we turned those videos into one big video.
For my capstone, I decided to create a podcast composed of film reviews. This project aimed to answer the question “How can I learn to give a meaningful critique of movies, that would challenge people to think more critically about the media they engage with?” I started working on it in February. I did one episode every week. First I would watch a film, usually on the weekends, then I would write out some bullet points of things I wanted to talk about. On Wednesday, I would record audio and start editing. I would finish editing and publish the episode on the weekends. I managed to create a total of 16 episodes. They range in length from 6 to 20 minutes. From this project, I learned a bit about audio editing, thought not as much as I would have liked. I also learned a lot about how to think about and critique films. This project also helped me hone my verbal communication skills and taught me to better express my thoughts and feelings.
Here is a link to the podcast:
Picking the right topic for me for my capstone was difficult. I ended up not coming to a final decision until March which was pretty late considering how much time I’ve had. By that time I had decided to do my capstone on the paid internship, I participated in. The internship was called LincABLE. This internship taught me about financial literacy and networking. In terms of financial literacy, an example would be putting 10% away in a retirement fund when you can every paycheck. My process to complete this capstone was not as hard as I initially intended. The biggest part of this was me being able to apply myself and really give my all for this experience. You get out what you put in they always say. I want to voice that any rising seniors that have nothing to do from February to May should participate in this program. I completely recommend and will tell you that you will most definitely get something out of it. Linked is a podcast done by my team during the program.