By Brooke Markworth
The STEM Capstone is an experience where seniors at Sheyenne High School do an internship or create a project that relates to their future career. Each student completed 60 hours of an internship throughout this semester at a work place that involves their future job. These seniors got to gain more skills they will need in the workforce. We interviewed Ian King, Alyssa Traylor, Erik Ault, and Sydney Frieze to ask them about their experience.
What was your STEM Capstone project?
Frieze: My capstone project was an internship at the FM Diversion.
Ault: My project was a music composition project, where I got to write music.
Traylor: The project I chose was an internship at a local tech company called Omnibyte.
Would you recommend this process to others and why?
King: I would recommend this to others, because it bestows an opportunity you might not receive otherwise. I’ve grown a lot through this, and it would great to see others do the same.
Frieze: I would recommend this course to people if they want to get their foot in the door to making good connections in their field or if they want to explore their future career path a little more before college.
Traylor: I would definitely recommend this process to other. Not only will you gain experience managing a project(or internship) in your future academic or career path, but you’ll also get a unique opportunity that’ll spice up your senior year!
How do you think your presentation went about your project?
King: I think my presentation went extremely well. The audience showed great interest in my project, asked good questions about me, what I plan to do in the future, and how I completed this project.
Ault: I think it could have gone significantly better, but I am constantly trying to do better than myself-it was definitely a learning experience.
Traylor: I think my presentation went well. I prepared a month or so ahead of my presentation, so I felt confident. Seeing the teachers and people who supported me in the audience helped me relax as well.
What is one thing you learned through this process?
Frieze: Something I learned is that you’ll get far if you put yourself out there and it’s not that hard after a little help from teachers and peers.
Ault: One thing I learned through the process was that I had a strong need to create. So this certainly forced me to use that skill and excessive it daily, even when it was not something that I wished to do.
Traylor: I learned that when you’re trying to solve a problem, you can’t always approach it in a logical and straightforward manner. Sometimes you have to take a “sideways approach” and come up with a creative solution.
Why did you decide to complete the STEM Capstone?
King: I decided to complete this Capstone because it relates to what I want to do in the future-I want to compose music.
Frieze: I completed the capstone project because I wanted to complete the STEM pathways that I have been working towards for years now.
Ault: I decided to complete a Capstone project to ready myself for a career that I intend to pursue, and I believe this was helpful in learning not what topics I need to improve on, but what skills, such as communication and resources.
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