Miami Valley Tech Prep Consortium by lifemate


									       What is the Miami Valley
        Tech Prep Showcase?

    The Miami Valley Tech Prep Showcase provides
    an opportunity to organize teaching and
    learning around authentic student projects
    integrating technical and academic disciplines,
    to challenge students in teams, to use
    knowledge and skills to perform real-world tasks
    related to their chosen careers.

•   Showcase projects in career-technical education apply
    academic and technical knowledge and skills to complex
    problems in a career field by allowing student teams to
    engage in problem solving, research, teamwork,
    interpersonal communication and connections with adults.
    The showcase /capstone project is an experience,
    demonstrating what students have learned in their career

•   Project guidelines are communicated to students and are
    used to gauge learning. Assessment is formative, with
    multiple checkpoints along the way, providing feedback to
    the students. Adults outside the classroom help students
    develop a sense of real world standards.

    What is the Showcase Connection To
      Career Technical Education?

Showcase / Capstone projects capitalize on the most promising aspects of
career – focused education and research - based teaching such as:
   Cooperative and group learning
   Integration of academic content standards and technical competencies
   Self directed learning
   Teacher in the role of facilitator
   Authentic instruction and assessment

                   How Does it Work?
The Showcase / Capstone Team:
   Selects or is assigned a problem related to their career pathway
   Conducts research related to the problem
   Identifies teachers, business and industry education partners with relevant
     expertise of the problem and its solution
   Analyzes and synthesizes information to solve the problem
   Maintains periodic reflective journals of the project’s progress
   Establishes teacher checkpoints for assessment to ensure the project time
     line is on track and identified standards are being met
   Develops a presentation to adult partners detailing what they have learned
                  Steps of Career-Focused Projects
      The team selects a problem related to their career pathway. Data are collected through a variety of
methods and sources to analyze and begin formulating a solution to the problem or question.

      The meaningful showcase projects represent a real problem encountered by individuals in their career
pathway. Working to resolve the problem, the team demonstrates proficiency in technical and academic

Work-based Learning:
       The problem is connected to an area within the team’s career pathway. The team selects and adult(s)
from an advisory committee and/or business partner(s) to work closely with on the project. Adult partners
provide the true real-world links for the showcase/capstone project.

Academic & Technical Rigor:
        The project challenges the team to apply knowledge related to both academic and technical subject areas.
The project is aligned with appropriate academic content and technical standards. The team develops higher-
order thinking skills through research and analysis.

Professional Relationships:
       The team collaborates with content experts on the development, implementation, documentation and
presentation of the project.

      The team produces and exhibit detailing problem identification, research and the team’s solution or
recommendation utilizing polished speaking and presentation skills that demonstrate what has been learned.

Writing Narrative:
       The team composes a written narrative of the showcase/capstone project. The narrative serves as a means
of organizing the multiple processes of the project and providing evidence into a final written product for both
students and judges.
                       Showcase Project Examples
Allied Health Tech:        Develop a disaster response plan for a hospital emergency room.
Automotive Tech:           Your vehicle is communicating! Are you listening?” Instrument
                           panel technology that the owner can understand.
Biotechnology:     Showing no adverse short term health effects of glyphosate resistant corn on
Business Tech:             Develop and accounting system for the local school carnival.
Construction Tech:         Develop a plan to design, construct and market unique home
                           storage sheds.
Criminal Science Tech: Develop a security plan for a large elementary fund raiser.
Culinary Arts:           Planning and creating a diabetic menu.
Digital Design/Interactive Media Tech: Design a brochure to advertise the Tech
                           Prep Showcase.
Environmental Tech:        Conduct an impact study on the surrounding community of a
                           proposed egg production farm.
Exercise Science Tech: Develop a fitness plan for a school’s faculty.
Engineering Tech:          Redesign the standard grocery shopping cart so that it reduces the
                           possibility that a small child will fall out and resists tipping
                           when a child leans over the edge or there is a weight shift.
Graphic Arts:              Coffee shop design & advertising.
Information Tech :         Develop a computer generated presentation, including animation,
                           promotes a career-technical program to prospective students and
                           their parents.
Teach Preparation:         Early childhood art awareness project.
Theatre Technologies: Set design & special effects.

Register & complete the Showcase Application online @

                                            SINCLAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE

                                               THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010
                                                   8:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
                                       Building 12 Sinclair Ponitz Center – Great Hall

                        Register on line no later than MARCH 26, 2010

Project Pathways:

Allied Health Technologies                    Automotive Technology                          Biotechnology

Business Technologies                         Construction Tech.                             Criminal Science Tech.

Digital Design/Interactive Tech               Engineering Technologies                       Environmental Tech.

Exercise Science Technology                   Graphic Arts                                   Information Technology

Culinary Arts                                 Theatre Technology                             Teacher Preparation

General Guidelines & Project Requirements:

The MVTPC Showcase team (minimum 2 – maximum 5 students) may present their project by completing the on-line application
process by the assigned deadline. There is a limit of 2 teams per pathway from each school.

Projects are student-generated and the team must be present for project judging in order to be included in the final tallies.

All entrants must be currently enrolled Tech Prep students in a state-approved Tech Prep program,
grades 11 – 12. The project must be entered in its state-recognized category area.

Guidance by Tech Prep instructors and academic teachers is encouraged, as well as business/industry mentors.

Local schools are responsible for all aspects of their students’ transportation to and from the competition.

Local schools are responsible for equipment and materials. (i.e. electrical power strips )

A panel of judges selected from business, education and government will evaluate all Showcase Projects.

All participants will receive certificates ranking their team as Superior, Excellent, or Good. Pathway winners and runners-up will be
awarded trophies. Participating teams will receive a team ribbon indicating team performance (i.e. superior – blue, excellent – red, good
– white).

Maximum time limit for a presentation/demonstration is 10 minutes. Following the presentation, judges have five minutes to ask
questions and complete the evaluation form. A Showcase Manager may assist each judging team as time keeper.
Projects should not exceed dimensions of 10 feet by 10 feet. One table per project will be provided. Walls/side panels and additional
tables, easels, etc, if provided by a team, must fit within the space limit.

All projects must be self-contained. There is no on-site technical support, Internet hookup, or back-up equipment. Each team must be
able to maneuver the project into the contest area. For large projects, modular make-up is recommended. Electricity must be
requested in advance through the Application Form.

Projects must not entail hazardous or flammable materials. If the project involves a generator or other large, noise –intensive
equipment, showcase personnel should be notified in advance for approval.

Required Writing Component: A team-composed writing narrative of the Showcase/Capstone Project is to be submitted to the Miami
Valley Tech Prep Office NO LATER THAN APRIL 9, 2010. The narrative must be submitted on the provided template in Word
format, 12-point font, and totaling three pages. Go to the writing template link for the details. The writing component score will be
added to the judges’ total for a project grand total.

2010 MVTPC Showcase Awards: Pathway champions and runners up will be recognized with team trophies which will be delivered to
the school. Team members of the pathway champions and runners up will receive individual trophies. Schools wishing to schedule a
team presentation at the time of delivery involving MVTECH PREP personnel need to notify the Tech Prep office in order to determine
open calendar dates.

                                          SHOWCASE/CAPSTONE PROJECT
                                                    JUDGING RUBRIC
                                                       (See Rubric)
                             Showcase/Capstone projects are judged in 5 categories as defined.
                             Each category is to be judged using a point system.
                             The total points are a sum of the category points and the writing template points.

                                       Total Team Points Tie Breaker System

                       First Tie Breaker: The highest point total of Category 3 – “Academic/ Technical”.
                        Second Tie Breaker: The highest point total of Category 5 - “Presentation Skills”
            Third Tie Breaker: The highest point total of Category 2 –“Authentic Work Based Learning”
                       Fourth Tie Breaker: “Writing Component”

Superior 10-9 pts                        Excellent 8 – 6 pts                   Good 5 – 3 pts                          No Evidence 2 – 0 pts
   Project directly relates to career      Project relates to career field      Project somewhat relates to            Project does not relate to
    field                                   Data was collected                    career field                            career field
   Data was collected during the           Variety of resources used            Limited data was collected             No evidence of data was
    project                                                                       Few methods or resources were           collected
   A variety of methods and resources                                             used to collect data
    were used to gather data


Superior 10-9 pts                        Excellent 8 – 6 pts                   Good 5 – 3 pts                          No Evidence 2 – 0 pts
   A strong project connection can be      A project connection can be          A weak connection can be made        No connection
    made to an area in the pathway           made to an area in the pathway        to an area in the pathway
                                                                                                                        No problem identified
   Problem identified-superior             Problem identified and               Problem some what identified
    problem-solving techniques.              problem solving tech’s evident        and limited prob-solving tech’s

                                                                                                                       No Evidence 2 – 0 pts
Superior 10-9 pts                        Excellent 8 – 6 pts                   Good 5 – 3 pts                             Shows no understanding
                                                                                                                           of facts gained in the
   Exhibits knowledge beyond the           Exhibits research appropriate        Displays basic understanding of
                                                                                                                           career technical area
    career technical area                    knowledge in the career               facts gained in the career
   Evidence of planning & organizing        technical area                        technical area                         Shows no evidence of
    by answering all questions              Evidence of planning &               Limited evidence of planning &          planning & organizing by
                                                                                                                           inability to answer
    effectively                              organizing by answering most          organizing by answering some
                                             questions effectively                 questions


Superior 10-9 pts                        Excellent 8 – 6 pts                   Good 5 – 3 pts                          No Evidence 2 – 0 pts
   Partnerships were exemplary,             Partnerships were evident,          Partnerships were evident,             Partnerships were not
    clearly demonstrating a multitude         clearly demonstrating                demonstrating limited business          evident demonstrating
    of business involvement                   business involvement                 involvement                             any business
   Complete team work explained             Adequate teamwork explained         Weak teamwork explained and             involvement.
    and demonstrated by project               and demonstrated by project          demonstrated by project                No demonstration and
    evaluation and team members               evaluation and answers to            evaluation and answers to judges        explanation of teamwork
    answers to judges questions               judges questions                     questions                               between team members


Superior 10-9 pts                        Excellent 8 – 6 pts                   Good 5 – 3 pts                          No Evidence 2 – 0 pts
   Effective, dynamic oral                 Effective oral presentation;         Minimal oral presentation skills;      Lacks oral presentation
    presentation; speaks clearly, uses       speaks clearly, uses proper           uses adequate grammar; dresses          skills; uses improper
    proper grammar; dresses                  grammar; dresses approp-              appropriately; and exhibits             grammar; dresses
    appropriately; and exhibits good         riately; and exhibits good eye        limited eye contact                     inappropriately; and
    eye contact                              contact                              Demonstrates limited                    exhibits no eye contact
   Demonstrates in-depth prepared-         Demonstrates expected                 preparedness for presentation          Demonstrates no pre-
    ness for presentation                    preparedness for presentation                                                 paredness for presentation

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