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Senior Capstone Career Project - Product Work Log
Name: Lauren Cheek
Product: Females in STEM resources brochure
Date, Time, & Location:
Activity: I worked on developing my ideas and planning what I will include in my brochure, such as resources and organizations based around supporting women in STEM, like girlswhocode.com.
Commentary: I am not sure what else to include. I might make a list of scholarships or even books that are about or for women in STEM
Time Spent: 1 hour
Total Time Thus Far: 1 hour
Activity: I spoke with my facilitator over the phone to give her a more detailed explanation of my product, as well as the role of the facilitator. We discussed me maybe getting quotes from women in STEM to add, but that it might take up too much space that I could use for something else. We also discussed to whom I could give my brochure.
Commentary: This was the first time I spoke with my mentor about my project in detail and it went really well. I am very excited to work with her.
Time Spent:1.5 hours
Total Time Thus Far: 3.5
Activity: I did some basic research on programs and I did some light design planning for my brochure.
Commentary: I am not sure how I am going to fit in all the information I want to add and what is superfluous. I originally wanted to add the items straight to the design but it might be better if I make a list of all the things I want to include and see what needs to be cut.
Time Spent:1 hour
Total Time Thus Far: 4.5
Activity: I worked on finding more resources for my brochure, specifically focusing on organizations dedicated towards women in STEM. I also looked for scholarships. Finally, I played around with designing brochures. Eventually, I decided to just use a Microsoft Word template and adjust some of the details to personalize it towards my goals.
Commentary: It was easy to find organizations for women in STEM, but finding scholarships is a bit more troublesome. My issue is that, often times, scholarships are offered on a yearly basis; there’s no guarantee that if a scholarship is offered one year, it will be offered the next. Therefore, I think I’ll maybe offer a couple examples of scholarship databases and maybe mention a couple individual scholarships offered by major corporations in the hope that they will be offered year after year.
Time Spent:2 hours
Total Time Thus Far: 6.5 hours
Activity: I met with my facilitator face to face so I could give her a more detailed look at my project and what I need and expect from her personally. We discussed what I need to include in my brochure versus what is better to just save for my final presentation. She gave me some ideas on some people that I could perhaps interview and include their stories as women in STEM in my presentation.
Commentary: It was amazing to talk to my facilitator about all the women in various STEM fields because it shows that women can really build a great network together. She also really understood the kind of content and information I’m focusing on and seemed really willing to help provide me with any help I’ll need.
Time Spent: 3
Total Time Thus Far: 9.5 hours
Activity: As I discovered during my last meeting with my facilitator, I want to better understand women in STEM. I want a way to know the experiences of real women. Today I created a short survey that asks why they wanted to go into STEM, any hardships they experienced, and their ideas on how to encourage young girls to get more into STEM. I also contacted my facilitator to see to whom I should give my survey. We decided I should start off by sending it to two of her family members who are both in STEM fields.
Commentary: I’m really glad I decided to create a survey. I think it will make for an interesting addition to my final presentation as a way to demonstrate not just statistics from university research studies, but to also show the real-world experiences of women from their personal point of view. I do need to find more people to send it to.
Total Time Thus Far:10.5
Activity: Today I met with my facilitator to talk about resources for my brochure. We had both been communicating back and forth about what kind of information I was looking for specifically. My facilitator found out about some colleges that have unique options for their dorms that I want to include.
Commentary: I am so grateful for my facilitator. She found so many resources for me to use that I would never have been able to find myself. It also gave me a better sense of what I was and wasn’t looking for so now I know what to look for in future research.
Total Time Thus Far:13.5
Activity: Since my facilitator sent my questionnaire to her family members, she simply explained my project to them. However, I know that once I start sending it to other people, I’m going to need some way to explain my purpose. So, I spent today working on a short introductory paragraph for my survey. I also made a list of some other people to send my survey to. Finally, I worked on my brochure. I found a quote from Marie Curie that I think really fits the tone. I also wrote a section on why STEM is important. I researched some famous female scientists, both old and new. Finally, I researched some resources for learning various technological skills online.
Commentary: It was much easier to succinctly describe my project than I thought it would be. I have decided to try and get a couple women from each “section” of STEM so that each field is well-represented. I have a family friend who majored in math that I can ask to complete it.
Total Time Thus Far:15
Activity: I met with my facilitator again. I showed her the progress on my brochure. We discussed what should be removed or what needed more work. Based on my progress, we decided that I should include some more scholarships based on interest in STEM programs or scholarships specifically for women in STEM. We briefly entertained the idea of me polling my classes, but I’m not sure if that’s something I want to pursue. Finally, we talked more about to whom I can send my surveys.
Commentary: I think the idea of polling the girls in my classes about STEM is interesting. It would be interesting to see the differences in responses from advanced level science/math classes, on-level science/math classes, advanced humanities classes, and on-level humanities classes. Also, I am very close to completing my brochure. I hope to have it done in the next couple weeks.
Total Time Thus Far:18
Activity: I decided that I needed to create my own logo for my brochure so I spent some time working on it with various programs such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Paint, and Photoshop. I wanted to combine both women and STEM in order to match my project so I overlapped the Venus/female symbol and the simple atomic structures symbol, the one that has a various rings surrounding a single middle.
Commentary: Making the logo was so much harder than I thought it would be. I brainstormed my idea until I had a concept I liked, but I didn’t think to use a pre-made atomic symbol, so my first version was really bad. I was the female symbol with various ovals on top of the circle part that I got from Microsoft shapes. Basically, it was clunky and uneven. I also thought I would have each oval be a different shade of pink, but it wasn’t cohesive that way. Eventually, I figured out that Microsoft Word didn’t have enough editing features for me to effectively use, so instead I used Microsoft Paint’s cutting feature to integrate my design into Photoshop, where I created my final version. I’m really happy with what I created.
Total Time Thus Far: 20
Activity: Tonight I did the bulk of my pamphlet. I had been spending most of my time researching the content or playing with my designs, but this time I really put it all together. I had to do a lot of formatting changes so that I could fit all of the information. I had to cut some sections to include all the necessary components. I also chose which famous women in STEM history I am going to include. I also decided to feature a picture of Katherine Johnson for that section.
Commentary: I was disappointed because I had really wanted to include a section of unique and unusual STEM careers, but unfortunately I couldn’t fit it in. I am a little unsure of what I am going to include picture-wise. I put the one picture of Katherine Johnson in, but I need to include at least three more pictures. Finally, I’m playing around with color choice. I’d like to do pink since it’s the stereotypical color for girls, but maybe purple would be a bit tamer? I’m going to think on it.
Total Time Thus Far: 24
Activity: I finally finished my brochure today. I had done most of the work last time, but today I did finishing touches. I finally settled on a dark pink for the color scheme, and filled in the three other pictures I needed. I also realized I would have to cite my statistics so I worked on those sources. Finally, I made some minor changes to the design and formatting. Also, I included one last famous woman from STEM history.
Commentary: I am so glad to be done with my product. I had a lot of fun working on it and it’s refreshing to see the final product. I’m so excited that I got to fit in another famous woman because to, it’s so important that girls have potential role models. I am also very happy with my picture selection. One of them is a logo for one of the organizations supporting girls in STEM and the colors of the logo offset nicely with my own color scheme.
Total Time Thus Far: 26ress on my brochure. We discussed what should be removed or what needed more work. Based on my progress, we decided that I should include some more scholarships based on interest in STEM programs or scholarships specifically for women in STEM. We briefly entertained the idea of me polling my classes, but I’m not sure if that’s something I want to pursue. Finally, we talked more about to whom I can send my surveys.
Commentary: Making the logo was so much harder than I thought it would be. I brainstormed my idea until I had a concept I liked, but I didn’t think to use a pre-made atomic symbol, so my first version was really bad. I was the female symbol with various ovals on top of the circle part that I got from Microsoft shapes. Basically, it was clunky and uneven. I also thought I would have each oval be a different shade of pink, but it wasn’t cohesive that way. Eventually, I figured out that Microsoft Word didn’t have enough editing features for me to effectively use, so instead I used Microsoft Paint’s cutting feature to integrate my design into Photoshop, where I created my final version. I’m really happy with wh