Organize Your Life!
Your final project in the 7th grade will be to design and build something that helps organize your life! This is an independent project that will challenge you in new and sometimes unexpected ways.
- This is a capstone project, the project should be the culmination of your 7th grade here at Jockey Hollow. Please try to challenge yourself!
- Many projects are available at no cost to you. However, some projects you choose might have hardware (hinges, latches, magnets etc) or materials that I do not have on hand that will require outside funding.
- "With great power comes great responsibility" -Voltaire. I will be assigning you a large amount of class time and freedom. With those liberties I'm trusting you to be mature enough to manage your time, behavior and work ethic. If I see a lack of those qualities, your grade and freedoms will be negatively affected.
- Consider our constraints: When thinking of a project to make think of our limitations. You might really want to build a half-pipe for your backyard, however I can't supply you with $200 worth of plywood, constant 1 on 1 help, 1 month worth of class time, etc.
- Consider your strengths and weaknesses: This is very important! If you still haven't figured out the difference between an inch and a centimeter maybe you shouldn't try to make a triple tiered jewlery box or if you are a fantastic woodworker, I don't want to see you tracing a heart, star or lightning bolt.
- At the end of the project- You will showcase what you've done to your classmates! You will give a QUICK overview of your project, sucesses/challenges/failures and what you learned.
- Introduction and exploration: This project is all about creating something that organizes YOUR life. The first step is reflecting on your life to identify problems, shortcomings or a system that can be improved apon. *Think* can you never find a writing implement in your messy locker? Maybe a pencil holder with magnets for your locker? Maybe build a small pencil case that you can bring from class-class?
- Research: The internet is an AMAZING resource! Even something as simple as a 'wooden box' can lead to 1000's of variations that have been documented by others online. With the right search parameters, you can locate step by step plans with measurements and materials. *Remember* this is an INDEPENDENT project. Mr. Demchak will help as needed, however, you are the captain of your ship! So when checking out ideas online think how YOU are going to make it.
3. Planning: Mr. Demchak will hand out planning documents that will have you fill out the information you've found above. Orthographic sketches, material lists, research notes and more must be included. Only when you've received his signature can you move forward.
4. Building: The moment you've been looking forward to. Take your time, draw and cut straight lines, have a plan and stick to it.