2 What to Include in Outline Brief overview of Senior ProjectBackground research needed to complete projectScientific study/investigation summaryMentor information/requirementsProject descriptionPresentation summary
3 OverviewShort paragraph (about 5 sentences) that summarizes your senior project. Should not go into any details.Example: My senior project is comparing regular shingles to slate shingles in the construction of a small barn. I will need to research how barns are built and the differences between regular and slate shingles. I will run various tests on both types of shingles. I will use the information I acquired through my research and experiments to create a small model of my barn design.
4 Background Research This could be in paragraph, table, or outline form List all of the information you will need to know in order to complete the projectExampleBoth types of ShinglesCostWhat they are made ofDurabilityMaintenanceHow manufacturedSite preparationHow to installEnvironmental factorsAesthetic factorsBuyer’s preferenceHow used in pastWeather resistance
5 Scientific Study/Investigation List the steps necessary to complete any studies/investigations (NOTE: this could be information acquired by a study found during research)Example:I am going to test the durability of regular and slate shingles by doing the following:Place each shingle on the floorDrop a ½” diameter wood ball from a height of 10 feetInspect shingles for any damageRepeat with aluminum, steel, and lead balls
6 Scientific Study/Investigation Example:I am going to test the weather resistance of regular and slate shingles by doing the following:Apply one 4’ x 4’ piece of plywood with regular shingles and another 4’ x 4’ piece of plywood with slate shingles as you would install them on a barn roofRest both pieces of plywood on sawhorsesPlace a pan under each “roof sample” to catch any waterSimulate a rain shower by using a garden hose to squirt each “roof sample” for 10 minutes on with hose nozzle set to “gentle shower”Observe, measure, and record any water that passed through the shinglesRepeat ___ times
7 Scientific Study/Investigation Example:I am going to determine which type of shingles is more aesthetically pleasing by surveying students at the CCCTCTake/find pictures of similar barns; some with slate roofing, some with regular shingles.I will go to the all of the labs and show each student 2 pictures at a time, one with slate, one with regular (barns should be similar). Students will pick which picture they like best.I will record student preferencesAfter surveying at least 100 students, I will analyze my data to see which students prefer.
8 Mentor Information Compile a list of: Examples: People you know who may be able to help you with your project (parents, coworkers, employers, teachers, etc.)People with certain jobs who may be able to help youExamples:My neighbor works construction for company XYZ and will be able to help answer questions I have about roofingI will need to contact ( /call) an employee of ABC shingle makers to get more information on how shingles are manufactured.
9 Project DescriptionUse information you have acquired to compile a final project (write a description of that project)Example: After analyzing my research and experimental data, I will use that information to select the appropriate roofing material and make a 1/5 scale model of a barn. The barn will be used for …
10 Presentation Summary What will your presentation include? What visual tools will you use? (Must have at least 2)Power point can be 1 visual aidProject could be 2ndCan use poster with charts/graphsVideo/pictures of process/testingExample: I will make a power point highlighting the research, experiments, and studies I performed. I will include the pictures I presented to students and pictures of the construction of my model. My second visual aid will be my scale model of the barn.