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Upcoming Events

Winter '18

This winter, students from the Emma Willard Signature (NY) capstone program will meet up with capstone students from Andover High School (MA) to collaborate and share their project research. We hope this is the first of many meet-ups between capstone students from our dynamic national consortium.


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Spring '18

Students from Newton North's (MA) Capstone program will be presenting their projects at the MIT/Cambridge Science Festival (the original maker-faire). Pictured, on the left, is the Music Tree - a capstone project that became a pedal/solar powered cell-phone charging, music-playing, communication hub.

Summer 2018 

Join us for the 6th Annual National Capstone Summer Summit - Seaside, on the campus of Endicott College, on Boston's beautiful North Shore. This is Artisanal Professional Development at its finest. For 3.5 days, we host a robust group of dynamic educators from around the country to collaborate, create, and innovate some of the most effective authentic and personalized learning opportunities for all students.


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From the Capstone Archives


Andover High Capstone project wins Gold Medal in Beijing

In March of 2017, three Andover High School students were invited to participate in China's oldest and largest Science/Tech competition, the 37th annual BYSCC. The capstone students presented their Smart Garden Food Computer, among 300 other international projects. The AHS Smart Garden utilizes a complex collection of sophisticated hardware and software to modify the growing environment for fruits and veggies. Their project monitors and adjusts variables like ph, CO2, temp, humidity, light, etc to enhance the growing needs of a variety of food products. The Smart Garden enables us to modify the environment of table-top greenhouse, instead of modifying the food itself (think GMO). This Capstone project was inspired by the work of MIT's MediaLab's Future of Food project. These Capstone students took home a 1st place, Gold Medal for International Innovation. 

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Boston Latin School Capstone's Published

An open letter to the author's future daughter, this book contains the stories and truths about living with various levels of body image. Some are negative, some positive, but all paint the picture of what it is to live as a young woman in this current society. The book tells some of the author's own story, comments on and reveals the complexity of what affects body image, and uses the pages as a platform to empower fellow young women.

Hazel Law, Size N/A: Stories of the Female Body (2017)  


Newton North Capstone presents at TEDxYSE

In 2010, Rebecca Kantar presented her capstone project on Leadership and Learning at the TEDxYouth Social Entrepreneurs conference. Rebecca's capstone research won the grand prize of the Staples/Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition. (Click the TEDx hyperlink to see the whole video). Rebecca is now the Founder of Imbellus, an advanced tech company that is reimagining how we measure potential and not just knowledge.