Welcome Back!

Here are some notes about our first weeks working together:

Capstone plan 2020

First week: 2 minute video about your project, and how it might be relevant now

Due Friday April 3

Next: produce a PSA video about cybersecurity and online learning

Koa: collapses his capstone into how-tos for future classrooms: retrofits and new design paradigms

Ami: natural experiment: water and electrical use during school, summer, 2020

Yiyu: so many people online, what are the new threats?

Hyuga: data being gathered now-how different?

Jaysen: sanitary impact of facial recognition-sign of the future?

Harry: impact of no sports on teams, the game

Anson: how has 2020 changed your view of your project?

Sean: evaluate privacy in 2020 and beyond

Mathus: how can isolation change the car market, long term and short term?

Other ideas:

How could cybersecurity be useful as a model for pandemics?

What will change permanently after this pandemic to online work, play and creativity?


Weekly weblog entries due Saturday at 6 PM HST

Wiki about your project on physics.kamuela.org due at the end of week 2, April 10

Zoom office hours w/invite online: two times: 9 AM and 4 PM HST, 2x per week

Email check-in with deadline 6 PM on class days (odd/even)

Resource links:

Physics server for wiki and weblogs:


Physics server video and document uploads: login capstone, wifi password


Zoom instructions:

  1. go to zoom.us
  2. signup (it’s free) using your HPA email address
  3. download the app to your computer or phone
  4. when you get an email invitation from me, click on the link and it should open zoom
  5. you can choose audio only or both audio and video
  6. we can also have a group chat, more on this soon

Who is where:











7-10 minutes

show, don’t tell

virtual showcase in the future

Download file "Capstone Final Presentation Guide.pdf"

Download file "Capstone Quarter 4_ Distance Learning Draft .pdf"


Research tree and rubrics

Download file "Research Tree and Rubrics.pdf"


Proposal rubric

HPA Capstone - Proposal Rubric

The purpose of this proposal is to take your initial project idea and flesh it out into a more substantive, detailed, and coherent document. You should be able to hand this document to anyone and they should be able to read it and understand your project, product, and its purpose.


Basic Expectations & Formatting [ 5 points ]

  • Turned in digitally as a PDF to the submission google form.

  • File name should follow the format: “Capstone Proposal - Your Last Name”
    For example: “Capstone Proposal - Schorn”

  • Written component is 500 - 1000 words in length (not including appendices).

  • Text should be single-spaced, 11 pt font.
    Choose a clean, professional font such as Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia.

  • Consistent font and text formatting throughout the document.

  • Include your name, date, and project title at the top of the document.

  • Section titles from this rubric are used to organize content.
    (Abstract, Introduction & Goals, etc.)

  • Appendices are included on their own pages after the written component.
    (Use page breaks to ensure consistency.)

Abstract [ 5 points ]

  • A one to two-sentence summary of your project and what you plan to accomplish this year.

Introduction & Goals [ 10 points ]

  • Background: Introduce your project, providing relevant background, inspiration, and motivation.

  • Goals: Clearly describe your high-level goals for the project.

  • Essential Question: State the essential question of your project, and provide enough explanation that a reader unfamiliar with your project can grasp it.

Implementation & Challenges [ 10 points ]

  • Project Planning: Summarize your approach to the project. How do you plan on achieving your goals?

  • Research and Resources: Summarize what you have learned thus far in your research. What information are you missing and what is your plan to find it?

  • Challenges: What difficulties do you anticipate encountering during the implementation of your project? Which steps will be the hardest to complete?

Impact & Legacy [ 10 points ]

  • Impact: How will this project benefit you? What skills or knowledge will you gain from it?

  • Legacy: How does this project fit into the “big picture”? What other research is ongoing in your field? What would be a logical follow-up project?

Appendix A: Research [ 5 points ]

  • Compile 3 - 5 resources from your research that have added significantly to your understanding of the project, or will be important in the implementation.

  • Each source (a website, book, person, etc) should have a short sentence describing the resources, what was gained from it, and how it will be utilized.

Appendix B: Resources [ 5 points ]

  • In bulleted format list all tools, materials, people, and other resources you anticipate needing for your project.

  • Classify your list into the following categories:

    • “Critical” - specific resources absolutely needed for the project.

    • “Necessary” - resources that are needed for the project, but there is some flexibility in exactly what is used.

    • “Optional” - resources that would be useful to your project, but are not necessary for its completion.



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Proposal rubric


Here's what you'll need to include in your project proposal

Proposal Rubric:
Abstract: short summary of what you hope to research
Title: the title of your proposal
Background: any information we'll need to understand your proposal
Purpose: the goal of your project
What will you measure, research or learn?
How will you measure it, what will success look like?:
Tools/resources needed: people, stuff, places to work, local resources, collaboration resources:
What you used/need?
Why is it credible or needed?
How are you going to use it/was it used?
Impact and legacy (HPA, local, global): what legacy will this leave? how will this impact HPA, our community and the world?