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									Senior Capstone Experience
Student Handbook


Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology
Table of Contents

Introduction & Background Information         3

Guiding Principles & Common Requirements      4

Types of Senior Capstone Experiences          5

Capstone Requirements                         8

Making the Most of an Off-Campus Experience   11

A Comparison of JFE & SCE Experiences         13

Senior Capstone Proposal Coversheet           14

Senior Capstone Proposal Feedback Form        15

SCE Liability Form                            16

SCE Permission Form                           17

SCE Agreement Form                            18

Student Competitions & Resources              20




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                            GSMST Senior Capstone Experience

Introduction

       The Senior Capstone Experience (SCE) is the culminating experience for GSMST
students and provides an opportunity to bring reflection, focus, and conclusion to the dynamic
high school experience. It is an opportunity for students to integrate the many facets of their
high school course work, projects, research, internships, and areas of career and college
interest. The experience is a symbolic conclusion of the acquisition of knowledge and skills
that has preceded the capstone experience.

       The SCE provides students with further experiences in hands-on use of technology,
opportunities to work on the leading edge of research, applied science, mathematics and
computing, practice in teamwork and collaboration, and immersion in “real world” inquiry,
problem-solving, and reasoning. The goals for students may be a continuation of work begun
in the Junior Fellowship Experience (JFE) or a divergent experience from the student’s JFE and
includes opportunities to further develop leadership skills and to gain new insights into the
student’s chosen field of interest. The experience may include field experience in a mentoring
organization, school based support for field work, and the student’s development of a
project/portfolio/product in order to provide each student with an authentic real world
experience to increase their interest in and aptitude for potential career paths.

       A Senior Capstone is a culminating experience that derives from previous work in a
field. Merriam-Webster defines “capstone” as the high point: crowning achievement. The
college capstone emerged in the mid 1980’s following the release of A Nation at Risk as a
means for deeper investigations and moving instruction away from rote learning. Capstone
projects are common in engineering fields, sociology, and education. A common goal of many
capstones is the integration of coursework and application of knowledge in a real world
context.

       The Senior Capstone Experience at GSMST is an in-depth exploration of the student’s
chosen field of interest which results in a research paper, a project/portfolio/product, and a
presentation. This experience encourages students to use a variety of skills in the areas of
writing, speaking, research, and documentation. Upon completion of the Senior Capstone
Experience, students have learned more about their area of interest, their community, and,
most importantly, about themselves.

        The GSMST Senior Capstone Experience will provide an opportunity for scholarly
reflection on a field of interest, further exploration of that interest, and utilize that experience
to consider future career goals. The SCE will be divided into 3 phases: reflection of interest
and opportunities from PAST experiences; involvement in research, project development, and
exploration of the identified field of interest in the PRESENT experience; and an opportunity to
reflect on those experiences and set goals for further development and FUTURE opportunities.
The SCE is a meaningful avenue that encourages students to apply skills and theories
acquired over the GSMST experience to integrate and synthesize what they have learned in
their field of interest.




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Guiding Principals

   1. The capstone experience should be appropriate to the field of interest and include a
      project/portfolio/product as a result of the experience.
   2. The capstone course should prepare seniors for the expectations and standards of
      college and the future professional workplace.
   3. The capstone should be the culmination of the inquiry-based learning of earlier course
      work, broadening, deepening, and integrating the total experience of the field of interest.
   4. The capstone may develop from a previous research experience or internship.
   5. The capstone should be a rigorous experience. It should be conceived in a way that
      challenges the student to think deeply and critically beyond what he/she already knows
      and is able to do. The topic must be big enough for the student to consider multiple
      perspectives but not so big that it will lead only to superficial understanding.

Common Requirements

      Mentor – Students are required to have a mentor for their SCE. The mentor must be an
       expert in the field and may not be the same person as their SCE faculty advisor. It is
       the student’s responsibility to acquire a mentor. Students are required to submit
       information regarding the contact information and experience of the Mentor and, if
       participating in a Career SCE, the location of the internship prior to beginning the
       experience.
      Formal Research Paper – Research papers will detail the formal research students have
       pursued in preparing to complete their project/portfolio/product.
      Project/Portfolio/Product Development – The production phase of the SCE requires
       students to apply the knowledge gained. Visual evidence of the process (i.e. scrapbook,
       presentation with photos, video, audio interviews, etc.) is required.
      Presentation – Students will: 1) present to a panel comprised of faculty, community,
       and peers, 2) summarize their research paper, 3) demonstrate how they applied this to
       an actual project/portfolio/product, 4) present their visual evidence, and 5)
       demonstrate mastery of their topic as they respond to a question and answer period.
      SCE Portfolio – Students will maintain documentation of experiences in an electronic
       portfolio.




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There are three types of Senior Capstone Experiences:




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The Career SCE

Vision:
        With the Career SCE, students can choose to participate in an off-campus internship at
a company or university. The Career SCE mirrors the Yearlong Junior Fellowship Experience.
The Career SCE is an opportunity for the student to: 1) gain an in-depth understanding about
a field of their interest, 2) perform appropriate research or participate in task/project
development, 3) investigate professional sources of information within the community, and 4)
present highlights of the experience to a panel. Students are required to develop a Project
Proposal in conjunction with their mentor and supervising teacher and are encouraged to
refine their work to submit to district and/or national competitions.

Structure:
       Students in the Career SCE will spend between 5 – 10 contact hours per week for
approximately 24 weeks within a mentoring organization. Students will be required to enroll
in an SCE Research & Design course and meet regularly with their GSMST faculty advisor. It
is important students seek appropriate supervision for their project, maintain proper safety
protocols, and seek applicable required approvals such as through the School Institutional
Review Board (IRB).

The Independent SCE

Vision:
       Students in the Independent SCE will select an area or topic of interest in which to
complete a project and/or perform in-depth, original research. The Independent SCE is
similar to the Independent Research Junior Fellowship Experience and extends throughout the
school year with opportunity for students to: 1) gain an in-depth understanding about a field
of their interest, 2) perform appropriate research or participate in task/project development, 3)
investigate professional sources of information within the community, and 4) present
highlights of the experience to a panel. Students are required to develop a Project Proposal in
conjunction with their mentor and supervising teacher and are encouraged to refine their work
to submit to district and/or national competitions.

Structure:
       Students will be required to enroll in an SCE Research & Design course and meet
regularly with their GSMST faculty advisor. Prior to beginning research students should
arrange to work with an in-field practitioner who will serve as a mentor and to supervise their
projects. Mentors/mentoring organizations must be approved by student’s faculty advisor as
a part of the Project Proposal process. It is important students seek appropriate supervision
for their projects and follow all guidelines outlined by the Intel/Georgia Science and
Engineering Fair, maintain proper safety protocols, and seek required approvals, such as
through the School Institutional Review Board (IRB). If a rising senior wants to participate in
a summer internship as part of his/her SCE, he/she must turn the experience into a yearlong
project after the summer. All summer internships need to be approved by the Internship
Coordinator prior to participation.




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The Curricular SCE

Vision:
       Students in the Curricular SCE choose to take two electives within the same field of
interest and complete an in-depth portfolio that demonstrates the knowledge gained through
the selected electives. The Curricular SCE is an opportunity for students to: 1) gain an in-
depth understanding about a field of their interest, 2) perform appropriate research or
participate in task/project/portfolio development, 3) investigate professional sources of
information within the community, and 4) present highlights of the experience to a panel.
Students are required to develop a Project Proposal in conjunction with their mentor and
supervising teacher and are encouraged to refine their work to submit to district and/or
national competitions.

Structure:
       Students will be required to enroll in an SCE Research & Design course and meet
regularly with their GSMST faculty advisor. In addition, the Curricular SCE may include
enrolling in joint enrollment or online courses at a university. As part of the Curricular SCE,
students should arrange to work with an in-field practitioner who will serve as a mentor and
to supervise their portfolios. Mentors/mentoring organizations must be approved by student’s
faculty advisor as a part of the Project Proposal process. If students choose to pursue a
project, it is important students seek appropriate supervision, maintain proper safety
protocols, and seek applicable required approvals such as through the School Institutional
Review Board (IRB).




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Capstone Requirements*

    I. Reflecting on Past Experiences – develop an electronic portfolio; reflect on previous
            courses and experiences that have led them to their identified field of interest.
    II. Seizing Opportunities in the Present – includes the development of a capstone
            proposal, formal research paper done in collaboration with language arts,
            development of a project/portfolio/product, and presenting to a panel of experts. An
            electronic portfolio should maintain a record of the experience.
    III. Looking to the Future – journal responses considering how your work at GSMST will
            translate to future experiences.

*Please refer to each specific SCE Syllabus (Career, Independent, or Curricular) for more detailed requirements.

                            Electronic Portfolio & Journal

                            Students will develop an electronic portfolio and reflect on previous
                            courses and experiences that have led them to their identified field of
       REFLECTING ON PAST




                            interest. During this phase of portfolio development, students will
                            create the following:
          EXPERIENCES




                            Resume: Update their resume to include: areas of interest, courses
                            taken, experiences at GSMST, universities and/or corporations, clubs
                            and competitions, and Junior Fellowship Experience (JFE).

                            Journal Entry #1: See specific SCE Syllabus for Journal Questions

                            Resources: Start and maintain a list of contacts, career opportunities,
                            university programs, prior experiences, and web resources throughout
                            your SCE.




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                        Nature & Structure of the SCE

                        The SCE Journey: below are the basic components for all 3 types of
                        SCEs, but details in syllabi may differ for each type. All SCE will
                        include:

                              Capstone Proposal – 1-2 page proposal outlining plans and
                               logistics.

                              Formal Research Paper – all SCE require a research paper that
                               will be graded as an assignment in the SCE Research & Design
                               course (or appropriate course) AND Senior Language Arts. The
                               research paper should be 15 – 20 pages in length and include a
                               bibliography of 8 – 10 entries using a variety of sources (primary
                               and secondary, interviews, books, magazines, manuals, on-line
                               journals, etc.). **If you plan to submit to a competition (i.e.
                               Science and Engineering Fair), please make sure you follow the
                               competition’s required guidelines for your research paper.**

                               Project/Portfolio/Product Development – this may include a
SEIZING OPPORTUNITIES




                           
                               prototype/model, submission to a competition, independent
                               research project, curricular exploration, etc. The production
    IN THE PRESENT




                               phase of the SCE requires students to apply the knowledge
                               gained. Visual evidence of the process (i.e. scrapbook,
                               presentation with photos, video, audio interviews, etc.) is
                               required. Include pictures and artifacts of your experience
                               throughout the year. Each student will select a mentor with
                               enough knowledge and experience relevant to his/her individual
                               topic to guide him/her through the creation of the
                               project/portfolio/product.


                              Presentation to a Panel of Experts – students will: 1) present to a
                               panel comprised of faculty, community, and peers, 2) summarize
                               their research paper, 3) demonstrate how they applied this to an
                               actual project/portfolio/product, 4) present their visual evidence,
                               and 5) demonstrate mastery of their topic as they respond to a
                               question and answer period.

                              Maintaining a Record of the Experience – an Electronic Portfolio
                               will include components such as an hours log, record of mentor
                               meetings, pictures, interviews, contacts inside and outside of the
                               SCE, and evidence of completion of the 3 phases of the
                               experience. Required journal entries will provide an overview of
                               the experience.

                        Journal Entry #2: See specific SCE Syllabus for Journal Questions

                        Journal Entry #3: See specific SCE Syllabus for Journal Questions




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                        Electronic Portfolio & Journal
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE   Journal Entry #4: Reflect on the following questions and construct a
                        journal entry in your electronic portfolio:

                              Where do you see yourself headed now that this experience is
                               coming to a close? Did the SCE enhance your interest or have you
                               adapted your original area of interest? Why or why not?
                              Discuss the relevance of your SCE related to the greater national
                               STEM initiative. How do you see your field of interest contributing
                               to and/or benefiting from STEM?
                              What career or research areas are of most interest to you? How
                               will you pursue your interests in the future?




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Making the Most of Your Off-Campus Capstone Experience

Prior to the Experience

     Orient to the work environment. Review the organization’s website, request an
      annual report, division report, or materials about the research or project you are
      working with; develop an overview of the context in which the work or research will
      occur. Seek out information.

     Orient to the logistics. Explore and understand the expectations of the fellowship.
      Find out who your mentor will be and who will assist you if the Mentor is not there.
      Make sure you understand company or university workplace regulations in advance.

     Identify personal objectives for the fellowship experience. What do you want to
      learn? How can this experience help in reaching your short term/long term goals?
      How can you make the most of the experience?

     Sign required agreement forms.

The first week
     Get to know your Mentor - Some Mentors are goal oriented (they want you to
      accomplish a task); some Mentors are experience oriented (they emphasize exposure to
      the work or research experience; the product matters less); some Mentors are a
      combination. In all cases, work to shape their expectations into a meaningful project
      with meaningful results. Inquire about their experiences that led them to their career
      choice.

     Keep a notebook and pen handy at all times. Write down all procedures, whether
      lab, computer, or general workplace procedures. Keep these notes for reference and as
      a guide. You will be entering a new environment and it is perfectly natural to be
      confused by all the changes you may experience.

During the Experience
     Work diligently during hours on the worksite. Avoid making personal calls and texts
      during work hours; use the organization’s computer for work related business only.
      Remember you are representing the Gwinnett School of Science, Mathematics &
      Technology as well as the Gwinnett County Public Schools.

     Adhere to sponsoring organization’s established customs and policies. There is a
      reason for policies established within an organization, short cuts and new systems
      should not be used without the prior approval of your Mentor.




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     Confidentiality in all jobs is a must. Your sponsoring organization takes
      confidentiality very seriously and may require you to sign a confidentiality agreement.
      Prior to taking photographs or using any forms, reports, etc. as samples for your
      portfolio, you must obtain permission in advance from the sponsoring organization. As
      a general rule, never discuss business details with friends, relatives or other
      acquaintances.

     Learn about--and comply with--sponsor’s rules and regulations regarding safety,
      security, etc.

     Be loyal to your sponsoring organization. Speak well of the company to everyone
      and keep company problems and troubles within the company.

     Use proper care with sponsoring organization’s equipment and supplies. You
      should have a good operational knowledge of all equipment to be used –ask instructions
      if necessary. Avoid wasting materials or using office supplies for personal use without
      prior approval.

     Maintain regular attendance. You must notify your employer if you must be absent.
      Do it personally and not at the last minute. Go to work every day unless there is a
      completing reason you cannot go.

     Learn about your sponsoring organization: its goals; its structure; how your assignment
      fits into the "larger picture;" ask questions; talk with employees about their work; etc.
      Learn about the specific skills needed by employees in various positions. Seek
      information about career options.

     Be conscientious and professional in completing tasks and in interactions with other
      employees. Be respectful of members of the sponsoring organization. Address your
      employees by their last names even if everyone else uses first names, until told to do
      otherwise.

     Set a regular meeting time with your Mentor to discuss issues contained in your
      work assignment. Work and communicate with others in the Mentor's group. Find
      about STEM opportunities within the sponsoring organization.

     Share with your Mentor your goals and interests. Be open to new ideas and
      opportunities.

     Take advantage of opportunities to discover how science, mathematics and
      technology are utilized in the work or research environment.

     Let the GSMST Senior Capstone Experience Coordinator or your GSMST Faculty
      advisor know immediately if there is a problem or concern.

Remember to:
     Use common sense
     Be flexible
     Be self-directed
     Show initiative

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Comparison of the Junior Fellowship & Senior Capstone Experiences




                                              Independent
                                              project or off
                                                  campus
                                                internship

                                               Experiential




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Senior Capstone Experience Proposal Coversheet

Mentee___________________________________ Mentor_______________________________ Organization_______________________

Type of Project: (select one) ______Career        ______Independent        _______Curricular


DIRECTIONS: Create a 1 – 2 page, typed Capstone Proposal outlining the plans for the experience and including the information below.

   1. Capstone Overview & Statement of Interest: describe the nature of your project; be sure to discuss the “greater good,” or societal
      impact, of your chosen topic.

   2. Capstone Goals: list 3 – 5 goals for your capstone and culminating project/portfolio/product and briefly discuss how you will reach
      those goals.

   3. Mentor Logistics: provide mentor contact information, academic background/experience and how he/she will be engaged in the
      capstone.

   4. Capstone Logistics: describe the resources required, details about the location of the experience, and time frame for completion.

   5. Project/Portfolio/Product: describe the proposed outcome resulting from the experience; provide details of the planned
      project/portfolio/product and discuss why you chose this particular outcome.

   6. Rigor: discuss how you can ensure the experience will be related to your area of interest and a rigorous experience.

   7. IRB/Safety: Is IRB approval required? If not, are their other required safety provisions? How will you ensure those are met?


Timeline of Tasks:

Date of Anticipated Project/Portfolio/Product Completion: _____________        Date of Anticipated Presentation: _____________

___________________________        ____________________________         ____________________________         _____________________
Signature of Mentee                Signature of Mentor                  Signature of GSMST Faculty           Signature of Parent




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                                  Senior Capstone Proposal Feedback Form
                                Suggestions:
                     Exceeds
Overview             Meets
                     Emerging

                                Suggestions:
                     Exceeds
Goals                Meets
                     Emerging

                                Suggestions:
                     Exceeds
Mentor Logistics     Meets
                     Emerging

                                Suggestions:
                     Exceeds
Capstone Logistics   Meets
                     Emerging

                                Suggestions:
                     Exceeds
Product/Portfolio/
                     Meets
Product
                     Emerging

                                Suggestions:
                     Exceeds
Rigor                Meets
                     Emerging

                                Suggestions:
                     Exceeds
Timeline of Tasks    Meets
                     Emerging


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             Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology Senior Capstone Consent Form
                                             STUDENT INFORMATION:
Name____________________________ Address ____________________________ City _________________ Zip Code _______________
Home Phone ___________________ Parent/Student Cell Phone ___________________________ E-mail ____________________________
Student I.D. Number __________________
                                                               Please initial each request to indicate your consent:
_______Senior Capstone Experience: I understand that my child named above is enrolled in the Senior Capstone Experience program at
GSMST and my child will be dismissed from school at the end of his/her regularly scheduled on campus classes. I assume full responsibility
for my child after dismissal from school, including days when my child is not required to be on site for the capstone experience.

______Transportation Consent: (School provided transportation is not available to internship sites.)
I hereby give my son/daughter/ward permission to drive to their designated internship site. I expressly release the Senior Capstone
Experience program work site, local school and the Gwinnett County Public Schools and any agents of the sponsoring organization or the
school system from liability that may result from my son/daughter/ward’s use of his/her individual transportation. My child is covered by
automobile insurance as follows:
Provider: __________________________ Name of Insured: _____________________ Policy Number: ____________

______Field Trips/Class Projects: Permission is granted my son/daughter/ward to participate in field trips and class projects during the
session(s) he/she is on site at the school or at the internship experience. Transportation may be provided by the school system or capstone
sponsor. In addition, another form requiring signature may be required by the school designating the destination and purpose of the field
trip along with the departure date and return information.

______Photo/Media Release: I hereby give consent to all photographs, audio recordings, and/or video recordings taken of me or my minor
child by Gwinnett County Public Schools or their designee including the capstone sponsor. I understand that any photographs, audio
recordings, and/or video recordings become the property of the local school/district/designee and may be used by the school, district or
others with the consent, for educational, instructional, or promotional purposed determined by the district in broadcast and media formats
now existing to be created in the future.

______Student Record Release: I authorize by Gwinnett County Public Schools to release my son/daughter/ward’s academic and
attendance record to any potential capstone sponsor and agree the by Gwinnett County Public Schools and its agents will be absolved of any
responsibility in connection with such release. This authorization can be cancelled at any time by written notice to the Internship
Coordinator.

______Background Check: If required, I authorize prospective capstone experience sponsoring organizations to conduct a background
check including criminal history, employment history and education history as a condition of my son’s, daughter’s or ward’s employment.

Health Medical:
______Treatment Consent: I hereby authorize the school, Internship Coordinator or capstone site mentor to secure emergency medical
treatment. I assume all financial responsibility.

______Insurance: Health Insurance Company_________________ Student is_____ or is not____ covered by medical insurance. (If not,
parent/guardian signature indicates that accident insurance will be purchased through the school insurance program. Contact GSMST.)

______Some sponsors require prospective student-mentees to participate in drug screening procedures. In such cases, this procedure
becomes a condition of participation. I hereby consent to drug screen of my child or ward as a condition of employment and subsequent
drug screens as dictated by the company’s drug policy.

______Some sponsors may require a physical examination and/or tetanus or tuberculosis vaccination. I consent to a company required
physical examination or company required vaccinations as a condition of my son’s, daughter’s or ward’s employment.

HAVING READ WITH UNDERSTANDING THE ABOVE, I HEREBY GIVE MY CONSENT TO THE ENROLLMENT OF MY
SON/DAUGHTER/WARD IN A SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE PROGRAM.

Name of Mother/Legal Guardian_________________________________________                    Daytime Telephone__________________
Name of Father/ Legal Guardian_________________________________________                   Daytime Telephone__________________
PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE_______________________________________________ DATE_________________
Student’s Signature______________________________________________________________ DATE_________________
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                  Permission to Participate in GSMST Senior Capstone Experience Program

The Senior Capstone Experience (SCE) program is offered to seniors who are part of the Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
Science and Technology in the Gwinnett County Public Schools. This program enables qualified students to study, research,
and apply the knowledge and skills obtained through the school’s rigorous curriculum. SCE students will be able to work
closely with professionals in a field relating to the students’ chosen areas of interest. Much of the program will involve the
students leaving the GSMST campus and working with mentors at the location of a participating partner’s firm, lab, or place of
business. These internships will be generally unpaid, although a partner may choose to compensate the student at their
discretion, with approval from the school. Students participating in the SCE program will receive academic grades and credits
related to their experiences and on-campus classes and activities. Students, parents, program personnel, and mentoring
organizations will adhere to guidelines outlined by the Georgia Department of Education in its Standards and Guidelines for
Work-Based Learning Programs in Georgia. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for arranging transportation for the
student to and from all off-campus activities related to this program. In addition, the State Department of Education requires
that students participating in this type of program be covered by accident insurance.

                                                           Permission

I hereby give consent for my son/daughter, ___________________________________________________, who is a student in
good-standing at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology to participate in all Senior Capstone Experience
activities including, but not limited to, off-campus participation at a mentoring organization’s firm, lab, institution, or place of
business for the 20___ - 20___ school year. I assume responsibility for arranging for my son’s/daughter’s transportation to and
from all off-campus activities related to this program and acknowledge that the Gwinnett County Public Schools is neither
responsible for transportation nor liable for injuries that may arise out of, during, or in connection with the transportation.

I release and waive and further agree to indemnify, hold harmless, or reimburse the Gwinnett County Public Schools, the
Gwinnett County Board of Education, the Board’s individual members, agents, employees and representatives thereof from and
against any claim which I, any other parent or guardian, any sibling, the students, any other firm or corporation may have or
claim to have, known or unknown, directly or indirectly, for any losses, damages, or injuries arising out of, during, or in
connection with the student’s participation in or travel to or from the off-campus activities in the Senior Capstone Experience
Program.

_____________________________________________________________________
Signature of parent or legal guardian                            Date

                                                           Insurance

Please check one of the following statements regarding insurance coverage for your son/daughter for the 20___ - 20___ school
year, then sign below.

_____ My son/daughter is adequately and currently covered by accident insurance that will cover injuries sustained while
participating in this program.

Company providing insurance: _________________________________________
Name of insured: ____________________________________________
Policy number: _______________________________________

_____ My son/daughter is covered by the school accident insurance plan which I purchased for the 20___-20___ school year.

___________________________________________________________________                                   ______________
Signature of Parent or Legal Guardian                                                                 Date




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              GSMST SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE AGREEMENT

Student Name: ________________________________________________________________
Sponsoring Organization: _______________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________
Work Site Supervisor: __________________________________________________________
Work Phone Number: ________________FAX: _____________ E-mail: ________________

The Student-Intern considers this capstone experience valuable to post-secondary and career objectives and
agrees:

   1. To be regular in attendance both in school and at the internship site. To maintain a timely and accurate electronic
       log of attendance within worksite.
   2. To inform the mentor promptly if illness or other emergency prevents or delays attendance.
   3. To perform work responsibilities and classroom responsibilities in an efficient manner.
   4. To display honesty, punctuality, courtesy, a cooperative attitude, proper health and grooming habits, and a
       willingness to learn.
   5. To dress appropriately and behave maturely at the worksite.
   6. To conform to all regulations of the sponsoring organization.
   7. To maintain accurate records as required by the internship program and the school-based Internship coordinator.
   8. To respect ethics and not reveal any confidential information. Failure to comply may result in the dismissal of
       the student mentee from the internship experience.
   9. To bring any special problems to the immediate attention of the GSMST Internship Coordinator and/or GSMST
       faculty advisor—not with anyone else, other than your parent(s). This could include any unpleasant job
       situations such as harassment.
   10. To remain eligible for the internship program by maintaining all academic standards as outlined in the internship
       program’s requirements.
   11. To accept no wages or benefits from the mentoring firm unless the firm voluntarily provides such and GSMST
       administration has given approval.
   12. To provide transportation to and from work.
   13. To refrain from socializing with or telephoning friends and family while at the worksite. Students are not to use
       the work time to study (unless the mentor gives permission after work is complete), and may not use the
       sponsoring organization’s computer for non-work related activity.

The Parents/Guardians of the student-intern, realizing the importance of the capstone program agree:

   1. To assume responsibility for the conduct and safety of the student mentee from the time that he/she leaves
      school until he/she reports to the internship site and from the time he/she leaves the internship site until he/she
      arrives at the final destination.
   2. To assure that the student has transportation to and from the internship site that allows the student to arrive
      internship responsibilities when scheduled.
   3. To assume responsibility for adequate insurance, including but not limited to, health and automobile coverage.
   4. To bring any special problems to the immediate attention of the GSMST Internship Coordinator and/or GSMST
      faculty advisor.
   5. To share responsibility for the conduct of the student while training in the Senior Capstone Experience.



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    6. To understand that the student mentee must attend school and the internship experience regularly and may not
       go to the internship experience without going to school as scheduled nor go to school without going to the
       internship experience as scheduled unless previously discussed with the GSMST Internship Coordinator.
    7. I have read the requirements for my son/daughter/ward’s participation in a Gwinnett County Public School
       Work-based learning program. I understand the commitment to class and the internship experience, and I will
       support him/her in that commitment. I understand that he/she must adhere to these guidelines and complete the
       training outline in the documentation to remain in the program.

The Sponsoring Organization recognizing that a internship training plan is being followed and that close
supervision of the student-mentee will be needed, agrees:

    1. To provide a variety of internship experiences for the student-mentee that will contribute to the attainment of
       training objectives.
    2. To adhere to policies and practices which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex
       and handicap in recruitment, hiring, placement assignment to tasks, hours of internship experiences, and
       responsibilities.
    3. To assist in the student-mentee in the development of internship product/project.
    4. To provide time for consultation with the GSMST Internship Coordinator and/or GSMST faculty advisor to
       discuss any difficulties that may rise.
    5. To provide instructional materials and occupational guidance for the student-mentee by providing a internship
       mentor.
    6. To assist in the evaluation of the student-mentee.
    7. If the student is hired as an employee, to adhere to all Federal and State regulations including child labor laws,
       minimum wage regulations, worker’s compensation insurance and work permits. Student unemployment
       insurance is not mandatory for part-time students. To adhere to income tax and social security withholding
       regulations. Students will receive a W-2 and NOT a 1099 for taxable earnings.

The Internship Coordinator representing the school will coordinate the internship training program toward a
satisfactory preparation of the student for his/her post-secondary and career objectives and agrees:

    1. To arrange for the in-school related instruction, consultation, and advisory service for all parties concerned with
       the Senior Capstone Experience program.
    2. To make periodic visits to the internship site to observe the student, to consult with the mentor and to render any
       needed assistance with the student-mentee. The Internship Coordinator has the authority to remove the student
       from the internship.
    3. To conduct regular evaluations of the student’s progress with the mentor and appropriate follow-up activities.
    4. To keep accurate records pertinent to the student and school.
    5. To act as a liaison between student-interns, parents/guardians, mentoring partners, and school officials in regard
       to the internship program.

I have read and understand and agree to carry out the responsibilities delegated to me per the above.

___________________________________________                 _________________________________________
Student Signature                      Date                 Parent/Guardian Signature            Date

___________________________________________                 _________________________________________
Worksite Coordinator Signature         Date                 GSMST Internship Coordinator Signature Date




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Competition Options & Resources for Senior Capstone


        Competition              Students
                                 Eligible:                  Website
AASU High School                               http://www.math.armstrong.edu/tour
Mathematics Tournament                         naments/
American Regions Math
                                               http://www.arml.com/index.php
League

                                               http://www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/oa
BioGENEius Challenge          Grades 9 - 12
                                               sp/ga_science_fair/pdfs/bio_app.pdf


Envirothon Competition        Grades 9 - 12    http://www.georgiaenvirothon.org/

FIRST Robotics                                 http://www.usfirst.org/

Georgia Junior Science and                     http://www.uga.edu/oasp/gjshs/gjsh
                              Grades 9 - 12
Humanities Symposium                           s.html

Georgia Science &                              http://www.uga.edu/oasp/gsef/gsefre
                              Grades 9 - 12
Engineering Fair                               vised2004.htm

High School Varsity Math                       http://www.math.uga.edu/mathmeet.
Challenge                                      html/

Intel Science Talent Search   Seniors only     www.sciserv.org/sts

International Mathematics
                                               http://imo.math.ca/
Olympiad (IMO):
International Science &
                              Grades 9 - 12    http://www.sciserv.org/isef/
Engineering Fair

JETS Engineering Design                        http://www.jets.org/programs/nedc/i
                              Grades 9 - 12
Challenge                                      ndex.cfm

Junior Engineering
                              Grades 9 - 12    http://www.jets.org/teams/index.cfm
Technical Society (JETS)
Math Counts                                    http://mathcounts.org
                                               http://www.scied.science.doe.gov/nsb
National Science Bowl
                                               /index.html
NCSSSMST Student
                              Grades 9 - 12    www.ncsssmst.org
Conference
NCSSSMST Student
                              Grades 10 - 11   www.ncsssmst.org
Research Symposium

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Odyssey of the Mind            Grades 9 - 12        http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/

Science Olympiad               Grades 9 - 12        http://soinc.org/
                               Individual
                               projects
Siemens Westinghouse
                               submitted by         http://www.siemens-
Competition in Math,
                               Seniors; Team        foundation.org/competition/
Science, & Technology
                               projects 9 - 12
                               students
The Dupont Challenge -
                               Grades 7 - 12        http://thechallenge.dupont.com/
Essay Content

Toshiba Exploravision          Grades 10 - 12       http://www.exploravision.org/

                               Students with
Young Epidemiology             research projects    http://www.collegeboard.com/yes/fs/
Scholars (YES) Competition     in this field; Jrs   atc.html
                               & Srs

Independent Project Resources:

http://www.societyforscience.org/Page.aspx?pid=312 - rules, forms wizards, PPT's that might
be useful to instructors and students when working with ISEF and independent projects

http://www.societyforscience.org/Page.aspx?pid=310 - completing a science fair project -
abstract, display, etc.

http://www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/oasp/ga_science_fair/pdfs/GSEF_ISEF_rulebook.pdf -
GSEF rules and regulations




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