Senior Research Project
This one-year course is designed to enable juniors and/or seniors to thoroughly investigate an approved scientific topic of their choice under the sponsorship of a mentor and/or committee. The project must be designed and approved prior to the beginning of the student’s senior year. Students are expected to work independently and consult with their supervising mentor for guidance. Students are required to provide their mentor and/or committee of interested or qualified persons with a written report or oral presentation of their study. Credit is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the project as commensurate with the hours spent on the project. Lab experiences that employ proper safety techniques are essential to this course. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the elective credits required for high school graduation and may be repeated.
Course Scope and Goals
- To gain additional knowledge in a specific scientific topic of study. [NS: N.12.A]
- To develop scientific and technological skills necessary to investigate and deal responsibly with a topic of interest. [NS: N.12.A]
- To research, document, and prepare technical, oral, or multimedia reports. [NS: N.12.A]
- To develop the research skill necessary to use technology-based library systems, community-based information systems, and other community resources. [NS: N.12.A]
- To work in a self-disciplined manner in order to complete the independent research topic within a specific, organized time frame. [NS: N.12.A]
- To develop the ability to reason and communicate scientifically in order to apply learned concepts to real-world situations. [NS: N.12.A]
- To increase confidence in using technology-based research skills. [NS: N.12.A]
Approved November 2012.