HONORS PHYSICS CAPSTONE PROJECT
PROJECT OUTCOME

To design and build a contraption  that demonstrates physics principles. Your contraption should be:
  • Original and creative
  • Able to perform at least one process, movement,                   or function
  • Constructed out of widely available parts
  • You may not spend more than $25 in parts
PROJECTS



PRESENTATION INFORMATION
  • Presentation should be 8-10 minutes max per team
  • Each team member will present for equal time length
  • Clear and thorough explanation of the Physics Principles behind the contraption
  • Be sure to address your Essential Question
  • Demonstrate your Contraption
  • Show your wiki page
WEDNESDAY
  1. Potato Cannon
  2. Catapult
  3. Hovercraft
  4. Pendulum Wave
  5. Tube Reamer

FRIDAY
  1. Electric House 1
  2. Cajon
  3. House of Mirrors
  4. Electric House 2

TIMELINE

FRIDAY APRIL 19
    PROJECT PROPOSAL
  • Type of Contraption
  • Physics Principles
  • Mentor 
FRIDAY APRIL 26
    PROJECT PAGE
    Individual page created and linked

TUESDAY APRIL 30
    GUIDING QUESTION
  • Craft a question that will guide your project.
  • Post the list of materials needed for your contraption
Guiding Question example:
'How do the variables that affect the period of a pendulum inform the design of my Pendulum Wave?

THURSDAY MAY 2
    MATERIALS LIST
Materials and cost should be posted

MONDAY MAY 6
    RESEARCH
  • Thorough research on physics concepts neatly recorded on page with appropriate images/diagrams.
  • Appropriate citation (MLA) is included (use: BibMe)
MONDAY MAY 13
    PROCESS
The process of creation of your project should be neatly documented:
  • Procedure of construction explained
  • Images that support your process
  • Wiki should be in presentable conditions
SCORING
This project will be graded as 20% of the TRI 3 grade

WIKI ORGANIZATION

PROJECT PAGE STRUCTURE:
The wiki page should  be divided into FIVE sections:

1. ESSENTIAL QUESTION
The question that guides your project.

2. RESEARCH
  • The background information on the Physics concepts should be thorough with a minimum of THREE references.
  • Images, illustrations and/or diagrams of the physics concepts will enhance your research.
  • Citations and attributions should be done with MLA format
3. PROCEDURE
  • The procedure should be written clearly with enough detail. In this section you should include the list of materials used.
  • Photos of the process of creation of your contraption are required

4. CONTRAPTION
  • Clearly explain how the contraption works. This is not about the physics concepts but about how to operate your contraption.
  • Any measurements you made of your contraption should be reported here.

5. CONCLUSION
A short paragraph explaining how the project answers your Essential Question.