MC2 STEM High School Capstones
What are Capstones?
“Project-based Learning requires students to go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student "voice and choice," rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations. “ (Buck Institute for Education, 2010).
Project-Based Learning at MC2 STEM High School
PBL instruction at MC2 STEM is built on rigorous ten-week projects called capstones
The focus is STEM, the capstones integrate all core subjects required by Ohio's state standards.
Each capstone is organized around a theme and covers topics mapped to state benchmarks.
They are broken into transdisciplinary units, each of which has a rubric, and one to two student deliverables for assessment.
Rubrics are transparent to the students as well so that they know exactly what is required for mastery
Why call it "Capstone" instead of just "Project"
A capstone is literally defined as, "the high point : crowning achievement," and we believe a students crowning achievement will be the ability to apply the skills and knowledge they have gained throughout the PBL process.