Capstone Presentation Day is June 5

Centralia College students will unveil their 2015 Capstone Projects on Friday, June 5, in the Walton Science Center. A handful of students will deliver oral presentations at noon in room 121. The rest of the students will have their presentations on display from 1 to 4 p.m. on the third floor.

The community is invited to view the research projects, meet the students, and celebrate academic discovery. Refreshments will be served.

“The Capstone Project Presentation Day is the opportunity to share with the community some really groundbreaking, innovative student work,” said Karen Goodwin, Capstone Projects coordinator and chemistry professor. “The projects this year are incredibly interesting and represent a broader range of disciplines than previous years. The addition of oral presentations allows our students to further explain and share their projects.”

This year’s projects include:

  • Using tree rings to date a centuries-old landslide in the Columbia River Gorge
  • Exploring a 6-axis robot in manufacturing
  • Developing a goal sensor for roller hockey
  • Designing a pet-controlled, automated, locking pet door
  • Building a remote vehicle to explore underwater environments

This is the third year of the Capstone Projects at the college, but the first year the Centralia College Foundation has offered financial support to complete the high-profile projects. The Centralia College Foundation approved $10,000 for students to complete Capstone Projects across all disciplines. The money was awarded through an application process. Funded projects will be marked by the Centralia College Foundation logo on Presentation Day.

“By funding undergraduate research, we’re investing first in our own students, and their future,” said Robert Frost, president of the college. “Once again, we are modeling excellence in teaching, learning, and professional development of our students.”

Previously, students secured their own funding, either out of pocket or through private fundraising.

“The first year, in 2013, we had six total projects. The second year, we had 17 projects from more than 30 students,” described Goodwin. “Every year, more and more students want to participate and share their work. Having funding available has created opportunities for students to do bigger, bolder, more creative projects. Our guests won’t be disappointed.”


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