[Cs-affiliates] FW: Judging Weymouth HS Capstone Projects

Crovella, Mark E crovella at bu.edu
Fri Aug 26 16:55:08 EDT 2016

Dear Faculty,

I'm sharing with you what seems like a nice opportunity to provide some outreach and support to high schoolers in a local community.   I think it's great that the individual below is asking for our help, and if anyone is able to do so, that would be great as well.    If you do it, let us know so we can publicize!


From: John Pinizzotto <john.pinizzotto at weymouthps.org<mailto:john.pinizzotto at weymouthps.org>>
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 2:38 PM
To: "Brainerd, Tereasa G" <brainerd at bu.edu<mailto:brainerd at bu.edu>>, "kmmcall at bu.edu<mailto:kmmcall at bu.edu>" <kmmcall at bu.edu<mailto:kmmcall at bu.edu>>, "Ziegler, Lawrence" <lziegler at bu.edu<mailto:lziegler at bu.edu>>, Mark Crovella <crovella at bu.edu<mailto:crovella at bu.edu>>, "Marchant, David R" <marchant at bu.edu<mailto:marchant at bu.edu>>, "tasso at math.bu.edu<mailto:tasso at math.bu.edu>" <tasso at math.bu.edu<mailto:tasso at math.bu.edu>>, "ludwig at buphy.bu.edu<mailto:ludwig at buphy.bu.edu>" <ludwig at buphy.bu.edu<mailto:ludwig at buphy.bu.edu>>
Subject: Judging Weymouth HS Capstone Projects

To the Department Chairs at Boston University:

I am reaching out to you about the possibility of some of your staff participating in this year's capstone presentations for Weymouth High School.  I am trying to get local technology and science companies to participate, as well as professors and researchers from local colleges and universities.

I am the adviser to approximately 25 students, who either individually or in groups of 2-3 students, comprise approximately 15 different capstone projects.  The capstone projects are completed during the student's senior year, and are focused on STEM topics.  I personally try and push my students towards experiment-based projects that focus on data collection and analysis.

Part of the capstone process is a "Real World Application" of their project.  For a working scientist, their real-world application is typically publication of their research in a peer-reviewed journal.  My students do not have that option.  What I have created instead, is an evening poster session, during which each group gives a Pecha Kucha style presentation of their project to a small panel of judges.  The judges then ask questions to the students, who then undergo a small 5-10 minute "defense" of their work, similar to(in basic premise and theory)  a PhD defense.  In this way, students get a sense of how collegiate science is often shared and published within the community.

I was wondering if you knew of anyone within the science departments at Boston University who would be interested in participating as a volunteer judge for the student's presentations and defense.  The poster session/defense is currently scheduled for Monday, March 20, 2017, from approximately 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  I would love to have as diverse a panel of judges as possible, who are experience and knowledgeable about STEM topics and research.  Additionally, the possibility of having collegiate professors or working professionals give feedback on their work would be immensely exciting and ultimately satisfying for my students.

Please let me know if you have any further questions, and if anyone would be interested in participating.  Thank you for your time and consideration,

John Pinizzotto
AP Physics and Honors Astronomy
Senior Capstone Adviser
Weymouth High School
781-337-7500 x22011<tel:781-337-7500%20x22011>
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