Senior students in the Engineering Design and Development Class at Palatka High School presented their capstone projects May 26.
A capstone project is a long-term, investigative assignment that results in a final product, presentation or performance, similar in some ways to a college thesis.
The assignment serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience for students, typically at the end of an academic program.
All seven of the students who presented their projects have been in the program under the instruction of Jan Boland since they were freshmen.
In addition to how their projects were inspired, designed and created, the students also explained their justification for doing their particular project and talked about the costs of manufacturing and mass-producing their products.
Students also had to submit a portfolio filled with extensive notes about their projects from concept to creation.
Steven Kessler, Kalin Reynolds, Bailey Poole and Trayton Grass presented their project, the Tiny Attachable Practice Pad, or TAPP. The device allows drummers in marching bands to practice quietly so they don’t distract the other members during rehearsals.
The group sent their design to the University of Florida so it could be printed using a 3D printer. However, they said they had to keep sending it back to “get it where it needed to be.”
Hunter Mundy, Devin Forte and Troy Allison presented their project, the Igneous Plate, a ceramic plate that uses soapstone to help it retain heat for much longer than ordinary microwaveable plates.
Mundy told the audience he got the idea for the project after listening to his father’s complaints about how food he microwaved didn’t stay hot on his plate for very long.
Mundy demonstrated the plate’s properties by heating it up in a microwave, then having audience members touch it after several time intervals.
Instructor Jan Boland said she and the students “learned things together” during the last four years. She said the last week of school was going to be an emotional one for her because the seniors would not be there.