In their Senior year, students continue with the second year of the technology courses from their Junior year. The Computer Science and Computer Aided Drafting and Design students continue to take college courses, and the Cisco students finish the last two semesters of their program.
For the final year of Project Lead the Way, students take Engineering Design and Development. This class features a senior design project in which students can either invent or innovate some technological device. Students work on their device from beginning to end. They are involved with the designing, planning, building, and documenting of the project. If the device merits it, the students can also work with a corporation to patent the device. A teacher guides the students as a mentor but does not play a direct part in their projects. Students must present progress reports, submit a final written report, and present their projects to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the year.
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Seniors also participate in a mentorship program. Students work side by side with an engineer, scientist or researcher doing real-time research in a technological field of their interest two mornings each week for one semester. Students also have the opportunity to spend full days at the mentorship. They are a real part of the group they work with, actually learning the trade and contributing to the success of the company.
While Cisco Networking Academy students must have a networking-related mentorship, other students are free to request a mentorship in any professional field. At the conclusion of the semester, each student delivers a multimedia presentation in a colloquium of their peers and mentors which summarizes all the formal and informal learnings from his or her mentorship.
Photographs courtesy of fellow students.
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