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Capstone Project Report
Spring Semester 2018

Marina Lundell

16 April 201816 April 2018

After the STEM admin approved my second project proposal -remastering the STEM website- I had a lot to think about. To be honest, for me, creating a website isn’t that hard and I’m actually pretty okay at it. I have created five different websites and I find the process so enjoyable. There are so many platforms and website creators online to choose from. I don’t have to necessarily worry about coding or computer science either. Therefore it’s pretty straightforward…

You’re probably thinking something along the lines of “Why would you even worry about coding in the first place? Aren’t you in STEM?” And while I am in STEM and while I do enjoy STEM topics, I am not (as of now) planning on becoming an Engineer.

Nope. Despite the fact that I have devoted my whole high school career around the STEM program, I have decided that I would much rather pursue an English Literature Liberal Arts career.

Don’t get me wrong, I have always loved my science classes! Biology and chemistry are my favortite- and the Engineering classes I have taken have all been enjoyable.  But I think what I loved about those types of classes wasn’t necessarily the actual physical act of doing doing science… Instead, I loved being in an enviornment where people understand the importance of seeking knoweldge and learning how to communicate with people. That’s basically what Speech is and why I have such a passion for it. Not to mention I am a pretty big book nerd and I write quite a bit. Overall, I guess I am pretty happy with being given this project. So far. The main things that I will have to think through will be which platform to use. More later. Hopefully

 

20 April 2018

So far, I was right in predicting that the harderst part of getting this project started would be in deciding which platform to use. It has to be easy enough to pass on to the people who will ultimately become in charge and it has to be professional enough for a business platform.

My Ideas  

Mr. Cecil’s Suggestions:

  • LSHS Mission statement

  • Overview of the LSHS program

  • Student Capstone projects

  • Highlights of other STEM projects

  • Maybe a tie-in to real world needs between our STEM program and where industry is going

  • Equipment/software that is used and why

  • Staff Contact

  • Maybe a area for photos of kids working on projects and software.

 

25 April 2018

So today I met with Mr. Cecil during my STEM hour. I think it’s good that we met today since I know that for the next several weeks I’ll be pretty busy. Basically, we went over the differences between Weebly, Wix, and Squarespace. After spending a lot of time playing around with Wix, I really like how user friendly it is to use. Everything is right there in front of you and there are so many video tutorials. Because of the user friendly quality, I think that for the big picture, Wix is the best choice. Squarespace maybe would have been better if there was more communication right at the beginning. Weebly, in my opinion, might work better if it was easier to connect to Google Drive apps. Wix though…. Wix’s biggest advantage is the fact that Mr. Cecil is familiar with the program.

The biggest problem that I’ve had to overcome so far is the communication piece. I find this ironic because as a Speech kid- communication is key and something that I have dedicated the last four years of my life to. I don’t think it helps that I’m not necessarily working with a business either because that means I don’t have a mentor from outside LSHS. Not that I don’t like my mentors here at South, but it is rather difficult when your instructor is gone and instead you are working by yourself. Or at least, you think you are working by yourself…. I’m a pretty independent young adult but it’s hard to get your work done when other people hardly seem to get there work done. Wow…. That was kind of like a mini rant.

Basically, it looks like I have a path and now I just have to figure out how to walk the path.

04 May 2018

Next week is going to be so busy considering the fact that I will be having AP tests. Not like it disrupts my entire life, but because I will have to devote a lot of my time to studying. Not to mention, Mr. Rawley will be gone so that sort of complicates a lot.  My plan is to just sketch out everything.

08 May 2018

Change of plans…. Turns out that there is a meeting today with some tech guys and some other kdis working on a website? First of all, I had no idea that there were other kids working on a website. Not to mention I had no idea that there was an actual meeting planned for today! Well…. AP testing is more important.

 

11 May 2018

Today I have decided to chill a little bit. By which I mean I will not be studying for AP testing. I think I will explore the Wix site more and add some notes.

Update: I have decided to work on backgrounds. One might expect that this would be an easy project. But no. It is not. Turns out, there is a lot to think about.


 

22 May 2018

I give my presentation next week Wednesday. I think I’m on track to completing my project. Chances are, next time this week I’ll be making my final edits on my presentation. This week I’ll focus on making the final touches on the website and then I’ll add my findings to this journal and to my presentation. I’ll probably have at least one more meeting with Mr. Cecil to finalize some things as well.

23 May 2018

Basically doing the same thing. It is so much fun being bored.

Marina Lundell

This is essentially what everyone's blog will look like. Hopefully, this can be used as a possible template for future STEM Students...

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