JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Jackson Hole High School seniors, some 13 in all, will set up booths next week in the commons to show off the results of their efforts from the self-directed educational journeys they embarked on seven months ago.
As part of their Senior Capstone projects, students will present a variety of personal creations ranging from fine and performing arts, architecture, documentary videos, audio podcasts, and online businesses; all products resulting from a deep exploration of educational topics, social issues, design problems, and personal interests. The event is open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend to learn more about these students’ projects and see the results of their work first-hand.
“The students in this year’s Senior Capstone cohort have all selected topics and projects based on deep personal passions and issues that our community grapples with as a whole. It’s always amazing to see what students are able to accomplish when given the freedom to pursue their interests at a deep level,” said Senior Capstone Coordinator, Carl Shuptrine.
Unlike a traditional classroom setting where all students follow the same set curriculum, Senior Capstone provides students an opportunity to explore topics or activities that might not exist in other classes and tackle problems that do not have straightforward solutions. Students started the year by identifying interests, issues, or problems in the world around them and developing open-ended essential questions around these topics. To develop solutions to these questions, students sought out faculty mentors, community mentors, internships, and job-shadowing experiences to learn first-hand from local experts.
Additionally, they conducted academic research to gain additional perspectives on their topics of choice. Throughout the year they had to manage their own unique timelines, set personal goals, and work to synthesize all their learning to create an original product or develop an original solution to their essential question.
“The goal of the course is to help students ‘learn how to learn’ in order to address complex challenges,” Shuptrine added. “The course gives them the opportunity to take full agency of their learning and experience a scenario that resembles what they are likely to see at higher levels of education or in the workplace.”
Tuesday, May 7 from 6-8pm in the JHHS Commons Area.
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