High school seniors at Richland finally presented their capstone projects this week. A capstone project requires using research to identify a real-world problem. Students then have to find practical solutions to that problem and present their ideas. These are big problems such as poverty, disease, health and the environment.
This project is a yearlong requirement for Richland Collegiate students in their senior year. It helps prepare them to be leaders when they graduate and visionaries capable of conquering major humanitarian challenges. The exhibition ran for three days in El Paso Hall from March 4 - 7.
Among these distinguished upperclassmen was Nick Shadel who developed a project to combat air pollution. “Growing up I had a friend with asthma and I always felt bad because he could never go outside for recess.” Shadel created a rhyming book to educate readers on recycling and preserving energy to promote environmental awareness.
Naveen Bhatti Jr. managed to design his thermoelectric engine. “I was inspired by Toyota and Tesla.” Bhatti hopes to end the dependency on oil and to power motor vehicles in a more sustainable way.
Nancy Jaramillio designed an early education program to help late learners in elementary school succeed. “People don’t know that one in seven kids have trouble meeting basic standards.” Her program encourages teachers to facilitate teamwork amongst peers as well as self-confidence in the students. Students were judged individually by professors. Overall, the capstone goal is to push young minds to set big goals and create a blueprint to achieve them.