Introducing Workspace Education’s New
Many teenagers are required to complete a Capstone Project in their Senior year.
Many also lack the resources – coaching, mentors, technological tools – to make the project
the best it can be.
Learners 16 years and older can now tackle and master their Capstone Project here at Workspace.
This is a game-changer.
Your Capstone Project will be transformed from a source of worry into one of the most fun things you’ll do during all your high school years.
The first year’s group will be limited to ten learners. Workspace will provide:
- Project framework, structure, scheduling and encouragement.
- Panel Review team to assess proposals, presentations and progress.
- Mentoring, wayfinding and educator support
- Peer support and collaboration
- All Workspace technological resources, including Virtual Reality, 3D Design and Animation, 3D printing and the Makery, Prototype Lab and woodshop, Adobe’s Pro editing suite, and our vocal booth and sound recording and editing system.
- Guest lecturers and visitors
- Opportunity to present to the public at our Year-End Showcase
Capstone Projects at Workspace
Workspace is excited to push your capstone project to the next level! We have a wealth of experience planning and executing project-based learning experiences for all types of learners. In the past, we have coordinated student work with local businesses, service organizations, and researchers. Students using our staff as their supports will find their projects taking on their own lives and meaning beyond what they expected.
From planning to execution to presentation, Workspace staff will provide mentorship, advice, encouragement, and backup for your school-provided support. See below for more details on the services and facilities available when you partner with Workspace!
The planning phase
- A Workspace staff member will meet with you at the outset of your planning for your Capstone project.
- We will help identify areas of passion for you, as well as look at some of the ways you work best. This will let you know whether or not the project will drive you forward, rather than being something you fight against. While there will certainly be hard parts, having a driving interest will make overcoming them that much more satisfying!
- If your capstone is in the sciences, we have Dr. Maura Bozeman on staff to help design your perfect research question and experiments.
- We can assist with the first outreach in the planning phase, during which you will be seeking professional mentors in the field of your choice. While we won’t make the phone calls or send the emails for you, we can help identify good people to talk to, and we already have an extensive network of local business leaders who are ready to help.
- Once a basic project has been structured, we can help you block it out over the course of the year so that we avoid any time crunches, or at least make them apparent to all involved.
- With reference to your school’s materials, we will review your proposal with you before you submit it.
During the year
- Weekly meetings with your dedicated Workspace staff member
- We will work with you to identify where your priorities should be each week
- Our role is that of the encouraging shepherd: we will be alongside you, looking with you at the work that needs to be done, and helping you make a plan to move forward intelligently.
- Each week’s meeting will include:
- A review of the previous week’s work and plan.
- Setting priorities for the coming week.
- Planning the work for the coming week.
- Looking ahead at the long-term course of the project to make sure things are heading the right direction.
- End-of-year showcase
- A chance to hone your presentation skills!
- Share the experience of Workspace’s annual showcase, when all community members put their learning and projects on display.
- Present your project to an interested and supportive community of adults and peers before you have to present it at school.
Workspace offers the use of its considerable technical capabilities to you all year! With the Capstone Membership at Workspace, you have access to the building from 3pm-6pm Monday-Friday, and from 9am-3pm on Saturdays (starting in September 2019).
- If you want to make or build anything as part of your project, we have it covered:
- Fully-equipped woodshop/prototype lab
- 3d printers
- Laser cutter
- Sewing workshop
- Partnership with welder’s shop
- Tools and equipment for robotics/electronics/microcontrolled devices
- If your project is in the arts, Workspace offers:
- A black box theater
- Lighting and sound board
- Professional recording studio
- Dance studio
- Animation studio
- Video-editing suite
- If your project is in the sciences, we have a fully-equipped research lab–with Dr. Bozeman!–including:
- Laminar flow hood
- Incubator and lab oven
How to apply
- Workspace’s Capstone Membership includes mentoring, wayfinding and use of Workspace resources to create, build and showcase. The cost is $2500 per teen who is full-time in school. For current Workspace members, the additional fee is $500.
- We are currently accepting applicants and have 11 spaces remaining. Please click the link below to apply! The deadline for applications for 2019-2020 is April 30, 2019.
- We will announce our acceptances on May 6, 2019, and will meet with all Capstone Project participants on Wednesday, May 22, 6-8pm.
- If you are interested in touring Workspace, please make an appointment while you are on the website.
- For further questions, please contact our Program Director, Tom Curley.