AHS seniors to present virtual Capstone projects 

File photo. Alex Zeng plays the tuba he made out of PVC pipe and other materials as school Superintendent Shelley Berman listens. Zeng was one of many Andover High seniors who displayed and discussed their projects at last year's Capstone Program, which was held at the Cormier Youth Center. This year, due to COVID-19, the program will be held virtually May 18 and May 19.

It will be virtually impossible to admire the capstone projects created by high school seniors at the Andover Youth Center, as in years past.

But thanks to the magic of technology in the era of the coronavirus, it will be possible to view these remarkable creations virtually.

Starting next Monday at 6 p.m., the Andover High School Senior Capstone Program goes live -- on the web.

By going to the site: https://sites.google.com/k12.andoverma.us/ahscapstone/home, viewers can click on one of two live 6 p.m. presentations, one of two 7 p.m. presentations, and the 8 p.m. presentation.

The following day, the schedule is repeated, with two more presentations at 6, two more at 7, and a final one at 8 p.m.

The way the technology works, members of the public will be able to watch and participate as live panels of students present overviews of their year-long research projects and take questions from viewers.

Each student will give a five-minute “ignite” presentation and will then take questions from the viewing audience. Topics are drawn from a wide variety of fields including health care, the arts, education, sustainability, and politics. 

Organizers said that with COVID-19 restrictions in place, it was necessary to take the show online.

“It has been heartbreaking for many Capstone students to realize that they are not going to have those celebratory moments of accomplishment that the annual showcase and The CAPS Talks bring at the end of an intense year,” said Capstone Program Coordinator Rebecca D’Alise. “We’re glad to have found a way to provide a live virtual experience that the community can participate in.”

The Andover High School Capstone Program is an advanced research class open to high school seniors. Capstone students spend the year conducting an original investigation into a question of their choice, developing their project through field research, a formal inquiry paper, a web-based portfolio, and a community presentation.

For the past three years, Capstone Students have presented their culminating projects at the AHS Senior Showcase, a popular annual event hosted by the Andover Coalition for Education that draws hundreds of community members to the Cormier Youth Center to engage with students and their work.







If you go:

What: Andover High School Senior Capstone Program

Where:  https://sites.google.com/k12.andoverma.us/ahscapstone/home

Who: AHS seniors present overviews of year-long research projects.

When: Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19, 6-9 p.m.

Note: Links to full-length student talks will also be provided.


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