Gateway Regional High School

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Capstone in Socially Responsible Engineering / 12th grade


Matthew Emmett


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Course Description

This course focuses on 4 main societal objectives: Departmental initiatives, Schoolwide Facility Improvements, Community Outreach, and Entrepreneurship in Engineering & Design Students will spend the better part of the year engaged in the Engineering Design Process to develop a solution to a unique problem with a Design, Technological or Engineering focus. The students should be passionate about pursuing a career and/or higher education associated with STEM fields and/or Entrepreneurialism. Individual design projects may take the form of a physical or web-based product or system (can be a new invention or an innovation/personalization of an existing technology) which they will develop, document and present to the cohort. Once they begin their project, the teacher will act as a facilitator, monitoring the student’s progress and help the student to network, manage their time, and secure resources. Students will be required to seek out and solicit the local and global business/industry communities to acquire financial/material support, and a mentor who can provide specialized, ongoing consultation and feedback.

Course Expectations and Assessments

Students are to work towards completion of a project of their own choice.  They have the opportunity to work with community members, school officials, and look to outside sources for mentors.  We expect to have project completion by the beginning of June so the students can showcase their work for their school year.

Course Policies 

Attendance, Tardiness:

Students are expected to attend class in accordance with the Public School Requirements of Gateway High School. Students are expected to be in class and prepared to learn when the class starts. If a student is absent, they will need to make up the work that they missed.

Class participation:

Participation in class discussion and lab activities is a required part of this class. Students will clean up everyday ten minutes before the end of class to complete their clean up job.

Missed exams or assignments:

Students may make up exams or assignments and receive a recorded grade when a note from the parent documents an excused absence(s). Students who have complete all of their previous work will be given the opportunity to re-take an exam. Assignments not turned in on the assigned date will be accepted with a deduction of points.

Lab safety/health:

It is the responsibility of the students to follow the training of safe practices in the technology and engineering education lab. The safety program consists of more than lecturing and posting safety rules and regulations. It includes instruction that actively involves the students in learning and choosing behaviors that promote the safe use of equipment that is used in the technology and engineering education lab. The implementation and promotion of safe practices in the technology and engineering education lab to prevent incidents and injuries to students are the

responsibility of everyone. It is the students’ responsibility to adhere to all safety rules and regulations within the classroom.  Horseplaying or touching of one another can result in serious injury.  This will not be tolerated and can result in days out of the room.  Closed toed shoes need to be worn at all time.  Shoes can be brought in and locked up in the room if needed.  Failure to have these shoes on can result in an alternative assignment for the day.

Academic dishonesty:

Loss of credit for assignment or course may be appropriate in addition to other consequences. Restitution for loss or damage projects/documents may be requested. Where appropriate, school administration team/guardian will be notified.

Required and Recommended Materials 

If you are interested in having your own things in class, the following are items we will use throughout the year


We are here after school and during lunch almost everyday for students to come down for extra help.  They can also use this time to complete projects/assignments.

Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences

Refer to code of conduct.