Aiea High School Senior Project Proposal After your letter of intent is approved, your next step will be to complete the Senior Project Proposal. Completing these forms will give you the opportunity to examine in more detail your plans for the project portion of your Senior Project. On this form, you will explain in detail the project you would like to undertake, the costs involved, the necessary steps entailed, and the project timeline. Breaking your project into definable steps will make the process much easier for you. Setting up a timeline will help you begin and assist you in continuing to make progress throughout the time allotted for the project. Figuring out how much this project is going to cost may keep you from running into problems later in the project. If you put some time and effort into planning at the beginning, you will find the process of completing your project much easier to handle. Your project must be a learning stretch which means that it must go beyond what you already know or have experienced. It must provide and demonstrate extensive evidence of the depth and complexity of knowledge you’ve gained. It must move you out of your comfort zone and be a genuine challenge for you. Your project must: enable you to take risks and s-t-r-e-t-c-h your learning (physically, emotionally, socially, and/or intellectually) advance your knowledge explore your subject in a new and challenging manner A hard copy of the Senior Project Proposal is attached. You may use it as a worksheet but the actual forms you need to complete and submit to your Senior Project teacher may be downloaded from the Senior Project link on the Aiea High School Web site: http://aieahs.org OR http://ahs.aiea.k12.hi.us. Be careful to delete extra spaces so that each part has a page header (see attached forms). Directions • Type your proposal in the template. Handwritten proposals will not be accepted. • Complete your proposal with your mentor and advisor/teacher • Provide detailed answers as bulleted or numbered list. The sections will expand as you type in more bullets and details. Do not limit your answers to the space shown. • Turn in your proposal with a cover sheet. (see attached sample) The Senior Project Proposal consists of five pages of information, each of which must be completed: • Project Description and Task Analysis • Product Cost • Learning Stretch and Obstacles • Community Resources • Liability Release Form Senior Project Proposal Snowboarding By John Smith SAMPLE Proposal Cover Sheet Aiea High School September 26, 2009 PART I: Project Description/Task Analysis Explain your topic. • Why did you choose this topic? • What is your topic focus? (Circle one) Career Personal Interest Service Learning What type of resources will you use to investigate your topic? (internet, interviews, field work, etc.) • Describe the product you plan to complete for your Senior Project. • Explain the connection between your research paper and your product. • What specific skills will you need to develop in order to complete your project? • What will be the most challenging part of completing this project? • List all the steps you must take and the tasks you must complete to finish your project. Include the number of hours you think each step will take and the approximate date you plan to have that part of the process completed. Task Hours Completion required date 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PART II: Product Budget Make a list of all the supplies you will need to complete your product. 1. Make a list of equipment you will need to complete your product. 1. Make an itemized cost list in completing your product. Item Cost Total ______ I understand that Aiea High School will not fund my senior project expenses and that I have freely chosen to undertake this project with its associated costs. __________________________________________________________________ Student signature/date Parent signature/date PART III: Learning Stretch and Obstacles Please share any preliminary research you have already conducted. • What is your essential question? • What other questions will guide your research? 1. 2. Have you done anything similar or related to your topic/project before? ____yes ____no What previous knowledge/experience do you have regarding your topic? • Explain how this project is a learning stretch for you. Indicate specifically what you expect to gain and how. • Explain how your project will impact the larger community. • List and discuss at least 3 difficulties you might encounter with this project. How do you plan to solve each of these problems? • PART IV: Community Resources Senior Project Mentor Name of mentor Expertise Employment Address Phone number Email address Meeting place Meeting day/time I have reviewed the project proposal and approve of its plan for implementation. I agree to meet with this student on the designated days/times. Mentor signature/date Senior Project Advisor (Curriculum Coordinator: For c/o 2010 ONLY!) Name of advisor Room number Meeting day/time I have reviewed the project proposal and approve of its plan for implementation. I agree to meet with this student on the designated days/times. Advisor signature/date Field Work (If necessary) Name of organization Address Contact person Phone number Email address Hawaii State Department of Education Senior Project Parent/Guardian Consent/Liability Release Form Aiea High School To the Parents/Guardians of ____________________________: Your son/daughter is about to embark upon an exciting educational journey. The Senior Project will provide enormous benefits for your child both now and in the future. Successful completion of the Senior Project is one of the requirements for the Board of Education Recognition Diploma. The Senior Project is a valuable tool in determining your child’s mastery of the General Learner Outcomes and the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards. This is an opportunity for our students to apply what they have learned in a real world situation. Please take some time to discuss the following project expectations with your child: • The selected project and field work will be completed outside of normal school hours. • The primary mentor selected is at least 21 years old, and is not a relative of the child. • All transportation outside of the school day is the responsibility of the student or parent. • All costs and risks associated with the project are the responsibility of the student or parent. • The final project must be physically at school the day of the Senior Project presentation. If the product is a service or activity, it must be documented by photos or a video. • The completion of the Senior Project is one of the requirements for the Board of Education Recognition Diploma. Valedictorians must have a 4.0+ and a Board of Education Recognition Diploma. • Integrity and honesty are important components of the Senior Project. Any suspicion that a child has plagiarized or has been dishonest in any aspect of the Senior Project process may result in a referral to the school’s Senior Project Advisory Board, administration, or other appropriate authority resulting in the student not receiving a Board of Education Recognition Diploma. **Please acknowledge your understanding and acceptance of the release of liability to the Hawaii Department of Education for your child’s participation in the Senior Project. I understand that the community mentor, field work site, school, complex area, State, and their agents are not responsible for all potential risks resulting from the participation in the Senior Project. Accordingly, I release Aiea High School, the Aiea Complex Area, the Hawaii State Department of Education and their agents from all claims arising from any financial obligation incurred, and damage, injury, or accident suffered while my child participates in the Senior Project. Parent/Guardian’s Name (Print) _____________________________ Mentor ___________________ Parent/Guardian’s Signature ________________________________ Date ____________________ Reasons Senior Projects Are Denied Paper Topic is • too broad • too narrow • too shallow Product Design • is too vague • has no potential mentor listed • is too costly • has age/legal barriers • is too complex or insufficient background • includes no hands-on activity • is not enough of a stretch • is dangerous or has the potential to be dangerous The following are examples of topics that will NOT be acceptable for your Senior Project: • witchcraft • gambling • Satanism • tattooing • illegal activities • police/fire department ride-alongs • raves • astrology • kit models REMEMBER! The Senior Project is NOT: an extended version of a previously submitted paper a history of . . . a biography of . . . a how to . . . a report of information . . .
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