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Final Perspective Drawing


a. What is one thing that your learned specifically that you did not know before?

One thing I learned from this project is what drawing something really takes. It takes time. It takes countless eraser strokes and even more pencil lines. The lesson is not about the end result, but like in life, learning from your mistakes. The one point perspective makes it look like you are standing in the classroom taking a picture.   

b. How did leaning this thing make your drawings better?

Learning this made my drawing better because I was not afraid of making a mistake. Since I was little, I was scared of messing up my drawing. I knew that  I could easily erase, but  I wanted to be like professionals, never knowing that they messed up too.

c. If you did this assignment again, what would you do differently?

If I did this assignment again, I would  start with a 12 inch horizontal line 5-7 inches from the top of the paper. When I messed up  it was usually when I started the drawing. I take a long time to draw something so I would also organize better.

d. What is your advice to someone who has never drawn a one point perspective drawing before?

My advice to someone who has never drawn a one point perspective drawing before is: before you draw an object figure out which line is which (horizontal, vertical, or perspective lines).

e. What resource helped you the most and why?

The resource that helped me the most  is this site:

They showed one two and three point perspectives, and explained how to draw one point perspective.
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Blog #3 Agent of Change

Hey, It’s Ona  I’m back for the last phase of my You and the World project. In my previous blogs, I expressed to you my concern about musical  therapy. In my first blog I told you a little about what I was doing and why I was concerned about my topic Click here.  Blog Post 1. In my second blog post I explained how music was therapeutic. How music affects the brain and our mood. Click here  Blog Post 2 .  

This is my agent of change blog. This project has gave me a broader view on the world. It showed me that just because I’m an adolescent doesn't mean I can’t do anything to change the world. You don’t have to have money or be famous to contribute to the world. If someone does a little, no one has to do a lot and that’s how change starts. I was concerned about a certain topic, and I went out and did something about it. It made me feel important, like I was in control. I didn't have to wait on anybody else. I speak for my whole class when I say we went above our self imposed limitations. This project didn't allow us to be lazy, it was very hands on. This project also help further my knowledge about the brain and how music affects it.  I got to learn how the brain works and the different parts of it. I came out of this project with knowledge, a new look on responsibility and independence.

For my agent of change I knew I wanted to do something with kids. Whether it was reading a book to them, entertaining or playing music/dancing. I wanted to volunteer at Children's Hospital. But I was unable to do that because they don’t let unauthorized people interact with the kids, I needed  specialized training. So I decided to go volunteer in July. I would be able to feed, and nurse the babies. I’m still able to help in some type of way. Just because the project is over, doesn’t mean I have to stop caring about my issue, I still want to keep doing. Along with volunteering I decided to present a slide deck to the Dunda and Herman advisory, Showing them how music is therapeutic. I asked my classmates questions after I gave them background information on my issue. I played several songs and got feedback on how it made them feel. In the slide I gave a brief overview and went into detail while speaking.  Click here. Is Music therapeutic ?  Music

Is It Therapeutic ?

(This is the title of my presentation the link for it is above.)

At childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, musical organizational groups are coming and teaching the children how to play instruments, and playing music for entertainment. They’re using the music as therapy for the children, to help take their minds off their situations and pain they’re going through. Also, at some hospitals chronically ill patients that are undergoing surgery are being prescribed anti-anxiety drugs along with being assigned to listen to certain music to calm them down. At temple college there is an ongoing study on how Mozart and classical music helps the brain think better. All of these examples are of things that are currently being done in the world about my issue. Hospitals are using music as therapy and conducting studies on how music really affects the brain. I think this is the next step up and it’s really good to bring attention to.  

I’ve always struggled with time management, that is one thing that I wish I could've handled better on my “Agent of Change”. If I timed things correctly I would've been able to volunteer at the hospital before the project was over instead of July. Also, for my presentation I think I should have used more songs that people didn't know about, because they would not have preconceived notions about the songs. So, it wouldn't affect how they felt about the song. I’m looking forward to continuing my project in the summer by volunteering at Children's Hospital. I would like to acknowledge Ms.Dunn for her handwork and dedication. She laid everything out for us, all we had to do is follow the steps. She checked in daily with us to see how we were doing. She offered her time during lunch, and her space. Thank you Ms. Dunn. I would also like to acknowledge my classmates. Getting through this project wasn't easy. It took a great deal of hard work and devotion.

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Brandon Mangum Capstone

Abstract: For my capstone project I decided to create a guide for new freshman into SLA. I named this guide SLA 101. In order to properly make my guide I had to do some research on student behavior, bad tendencies most students have, and tips to help make students successful. My research consist of interviews from students currently enrolled at SLA and some online research. From everything I’ve learned and the knowledge that I currently know came together to make my capstone “SLA 101”.



1. Sloane, Cathryn. "Practice College Study Skills During High School." US News. 14 Oct. 2013. U.S.News & World Report. 30 Jan. 2014 <>.

2. "College: Sleep, Grades, Life (Pick two)." - PSY 1001 Spring 2012 Section 014 and 015. 31 Jan. 2014 <>.

3. "How to Be a Successful High School Student." WikiHow. 31 Jan. 2014 <>.

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Hello, My name is Niah Lombo and I am a ninth grader at Science Leadership Academy. I am doing a project for my English class about an issue that concerns me, and I have to write three blogs about it, I am back for my third and final blog post.  For my YATW (You And The World) project I choose to raise awareness for the shortage of donors for Hispanic, African american, and mixed people.  If you would like to read more about my issue in my past blog posts please click here for blog post 1 and click here for blog post 2. After learning more about my issue it was time for me to take action and get my hands dirty (literally) and step up to help my cause.

I knew that for my agent of change I wanted to do more than just bring in stuff because people will most likely forget. That was too much of a hassle to do, I wanted to do something that will get a lot of teenagers excited and for them to learn something. Then I had an idea! What better way to draw in a crowd then Food! So on May 15, 2014 I sold food at lunch to raise money and donate it a charity that helps support my cause. My main goal was to draw people in with the food so I could inform them about my cause and collect money for the donation. My lunch periods are longer than usual schools lunch periods are (1 hour and 5 minutes) so that gave me a lot of time to get to talk to everyone about my cause and how I am trying to take action. What shocked me the most is that 95% of the people that had asked what I was selling food for (Hispanic rice, baked chicken, and salad) was not aware of the shortage of donors for Hispanics, African Americans. After I told them what I was doing they wanted to learn more about what I was doing, so I showed them to my blog post 1 and 2.

I felt good to know that I was already making a change and that was getting the people aware of what is happening that you wouldn't see on the news or in the newspaper. I wish I could have done more for my agent of change , but I did raise a lot of money for the foundation I am planing on doing it again.  My hopes were to raise money and inform/aware people of the shortage of donors for African Americans, Hispanics, and mixed people; and I am glad to say that I did exactly that. I had raised $76 and I plan on holding on to that Intel I do my second agent of change and donate everything all together.

There are a few things I wish I could have done better. I wish I would have started my agent of change earlier so I could have done more. I also wish I would have done a little gathering that would inform/aware more people on what my issue is. Now all I need to do is give donate the money and I will have completed my YATW project (not exactly). Even though school is almost over and I will be going into the next grade this issue is important to me and my family and I plan on continuing my effort to aware people. Overall, I am so glad that this project was given to my class and if I got the chance to do it again I would. It was a fantastic experience and I felt like I learned more about me and others doing this project. Thank you for reading and I hope you all learned something even if it was from my blog or my classmates blog.

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Kilah Kemp Capstone

I am and always have been all about self empowerment. For a very long time I struggled to get myself to a point where I can say I am the best thing I can be. When I finally got that chance it turns out it came after self improvement. I believe self empowerment comes after self improvement. I am not saying change who you are as a person, I am saying that if you want to be the best you make it so that you are the best you always. When I do believe self improvement is something that is on the inside it is also on the outside which is where make overs and such come from. So when asked what my capstone was or what did I contribute to the Science Leadership Community it was something self improving and self empowering. I organized an event for the ladies of SLA could come and get a makeover. I know the ladies felt absolutely beautiful. 


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Maryam Biuibrahim

​Mentor: Elisabeth Menasion   

I chose this capstone Because for many years I struggled with trying to find my self , who I am as a person . Going to High School I faced a lot of problem that Affected my personality. I also built trust issues . I would hurt my self , I would turn to drinking , Drugs . No one knew. I kept everything to myself. I wanted to help someone because I knew that someone out there , was going thought the same thing
Since I was a little girl I've always wanted to be a psychologist. I  always had an interest in helping people with their problems and struggles to get through life when I got this Opportunity to do a big project  knowing that it can be whatever I wanted . Basically My project is about self-esteem and how a person can go through things in their lives and still have confidence in themselves. I picked this topic because I personally struggled with a lot of different things in my life and getting through it was hard , it can cause depression wanting to harm your self and a lot of teens struggle with that . By doing this project I hope to learn about how teenagers think , understand the reason why they do what they do,  what leads them to become depressed , how come their self esteem is so low.This project will enable me to do things that I never had the courage to do such as Talking to different people about their personal life . Allowing people to get a glimpse of my life as well as theirs.


Final Capstone:
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AnandaKnight Capstone2014


Name: Ananda Knight

Mentor: Elizabeth Menasion

Reason For Mentor Selection: The Reason I choose Ms. Menasion as a mentor is because she is a person in the school that I talked to often and I didn’t find it hard to converse with her and after telling her my ideas she was very supportive and we bounce new ideas off of each other well. 

 Summary: For My project I will be using media and a website to bring attention to SLA and give people insight to who we are as a school, what we do, and what makes us special. Promotional Sight for Science Leadership Academy. 

abstract: My process for this project was all about finding a good and interesting ways to present information that is factual, and needed but to stray away from it being boring or something that people feel like they are forced to visit and read. I have been creating a website that attracts the eye and pushes you to want to read and learn more. The website can be for students and teachers to visit but I envisioned to to be more for people who are interested on some of the things we do in our school and what the students do to contribute to the warming environment of the school. Going to high school is an important step in life and choosing the wrong place of attendance could affect you in the future. The website provides people with the choice to have an “inside look” of the school and should be helpful in determining if SLA is a place where perspective students and parents would like to be involved in. The website includes information as well as fun. 



1 "25 Ways to Promote Your Website or Blog." You The Designer 25 Ways to Promote Your Website or Blog Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. <>.

This website contains different ways in which a person could go about promoting a website of there own. One of my main concerns about my capstone and my website is that I will not get many viewers which is why this site is and will be very important for me to use. One thing I have already taken from the site was to use social networks to promote the website. Also when you want people to view a website it is best to make it highly accessible so the more you post leading links to it the more people you will get to view it.

2 "‘Digital Media’ - Website Template." Wix. N.p., n.d. Web. 26.  Jan. 2014. <  

This is the Wix. com site. I decided to use wix because many of my classmates said that it was very easy to use and had many interesting templates that would be useful for my video blog. It contains many different themes and templates. Here is the link to the specific website template I will be using. The reason I chose this specific template is because It is mainly for videos which is what I will be posting twice a week. I also has a good amount of tabs which is good for me because I will now be able to categorize my videos since there are different topics that I will be covering in the video blog.

3 "How to Create a Video Blog." wikiHow. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. <>.

This website gives information about successful ways in which you can create a blog. The site gives me step by step information about the actions I could and should take in order to make my blog successful. The site even gives suggestions as to what type of camera is  best to use for recording and gives information for if you want to record using a webcam. Another useful thing about this site is it gives advice to appearance you should have for your video blog. This site is helpful and relevant to me and my capstone because I will be creating video blogs and I would like to make sure they are as clean and organized as possible.

4 Menasion, E (2014, January 24) Personal Interview

I had a talk with Mrs. Menasion about revisions to me capstone. I asked her about a good way I could make my capstone idea accessible to students but It won’t have to be shown during advisories. Together we came up with the idea to create videos and webisodes that people could go to and find out about SLA events. At the end of our conversation we decided that I will create my own website and post video blogs about SLA, Events at SLA, and Recognizing Students at SLA.

5 "Nikon D3100 User's Guide." Nikon D3100 User's Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <

This site contains information about the Nikon D3100. It is a users guide for the digital camera. The Nikon is the camera in which most of my recording will be done from. The site is useful because It tells me about every feature on the camera and how to change up your settings. Im pretty proactive with how to use the camera but in order to make the process of recording blogs and making sure there are no technical difficulties this is a good site I can refer to to refresh my knowledge. With this site I can learn all of the ins and outs of the Nikon Camera.

 6 "Personal interview." EasyBib. Imagine Easy Solutions, n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. <>

This website shows how to site interviews and when you talk to a person and they give you information. The website shows how to site interviews in person, interviews by email, interviews by phone, and interviews by email. This website is helpful for me because there will be a lot of times when I ask people there opionions about the website and what they think I should change or add. I will take peoples ideas into consideration and whenever they give me ideas I will show recognition to them.

7 "Random Acts of Kindness Home Page!."Random Acts of Kindness Home Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. <

I visited this site so that I could get ideas of random acts of kindness performed by people in the past, also it described what random acts of kindness are and how they help people. One of the segments of the video blog will be others and I performing random acts of kindness and trying to encourage others to do them too that is why this site is useful to me. Whenever I ran out of ideas for random acts of kindness of my own I can reflect on this website. The site contains tabs that have different stories people wanted to tell after they performed one of the many random acts and it seems like they all turned out to be very successful. They helped both the giver and receiver.

8 Roland, S. (2014, January 19) Personal Interview

I asked shay what Kind of things she would like to see on the website and what kind of videos I should make. She gave me a few good ideas for example she said “I could ask people around the school to show off some of their talents and make a student talent segment to the webisode.” She also said it would be a good idea if I put up dance tutorials.

9 "The OICB Radio & TV Career Tips Blog."3 Basic Tips For Entertaining Your Audience. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>.

This website is all about entertaining an audience. The website gives readers tips about how to keep viewers or an audience entertained and engaged as well as interested in what you are presenting. The reason this website is useful to me is because not only do I want my website to be informative but I want it to be interesting and not boring. The website will help me be sure about ways in which I can people interested in what I have to present.

10 "What Is a blog?." Getting Started with Blog Basics. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2014. <>.

This site gives me all the information about the basics of a blog and what exactly it is. This Site provides terminology info that I should use for the blog and when I talk about the blog to others. The site gives tips about what type of things should be posted on your blog and how you can make it to fit you as a person. The reason this site is relevant to me and my capstone because I am creating a blog so first I wanted to research what a blog is exactly and how I can make it fit to me as a person and the theme I will be blogging about.

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Jamie Murphy Capstone

Abstract: I was inspired by the documentary, "Happy". Which is a film about how the main goal in life is to be happy and to find happiness. So I wanted to make my own version of this. I decided to make a photo blog of happy people and what makes them happy. I went around and interview different people and asked what made them happy and how they defined happiness. I've gotten a complete bunch of different answers and I find it all so interesting how unique everyone is. I also really like photography so incorporating all of these elements made the perfect capstone for me. 


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Name: Maleena Mel 
Mentor: Mr. Best
Mentor Outside Of School : Molly Willow
Title: My Baby's Development 

  When I first started my capstone I wanted to show a part of my life, as a young teenage parent. I wanted tell a story, give some tips, and show first timer parents what I have gone through and what they would need to know. What I did was research many things I needed to know about a new born, the nutrition that the baby needs and what to do with a new born as a first timer parent. Some of the things that I did for my presentation was make a video of my baby’s development over the years from when he was born and till now at the age of one. For my self i had a lot of experience so when my baby was born i knew what to do. One good experience that i had was watching my baby sister when she was a baby. My mom thought me how to do things like changing the diapers, making the milk, bathing the baby, and what to do when they are sick. Ever since than i knew house to take care of a baby and watch a baby. By doing this project i have learned many things because i didn’t know how the babies development was, like how their brain function, how babies learn things, their behavior and nutrition. I hope by sharing my experience that people would learn how watch their first baby. 

Video Of My Product
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Blog #3 - Agent of Change

Hi! My name is Katarina Backo and I am a ninth grader at Science Leadership Academy. I am doing a project for my English class about an issue that concerns
me, and I have to write three blogs about it. Here is the link to my first blog, second  blog link and this is my third blog in this series. My issue involves play time, and how technology impacts children’s activity and therefore their lives. I am an artistic, athletic person connected with my family and happy about it. I wish that everybody could have the happiness I have, but I think that wrong use of technology prevents that. Hope you’ll enjoy reading my ideas.

In my Blog #1 my focus was on balance (“I love technology as well, but I think that everything should be balanced.”-Blog #1). My concern was that nowaday teens will choose to play with technology rather than going outside to play.

In my previous blog my focus was on how “ I went to all my activities and still didn’t notice new teens making use of abundant free teen programs that exist in Philadelphia. Besides working on this project I  had the opportunity and luck to do a research on how technology affects people for my technology class. For my Science Fair Project I have decided to dig deeper into how teens tell time and that helped me understand how I could resolve my issue.”(-Blog #2)

For the past few weeks, I was aware of how friends around as well as myself, were totally out of order and organization for our school work. It’s not that we can’t do other things, its just that when we are playing a game, listening to music, on facebook, on twitter, we lose the sense of time and end up not being able to finish things. If people heard about and tried the programs Philadelphia offers, then there would be enough human interaction. They would be able to experience what people used to do for fun, before electronics were there. If we do that it will help us not depend on technology so much.

As an agent of change I would like to show what is happening in Philadelphia and I hope that my peers will join me in my endeavours. As I was talking about in the last 2 blogs, I have a lot of activities and I want to share my experiences in order to increase the visibility of programs for teens.   

I was happy to volunteer at my old Mural Arts Program location (Southwark), where anime photoshoot took place. For the past couple of weeks teen artists have been working on creating costumes of anime characters they created to present some of the world problems. For example one of the issues mentioned was littering, and I helped the issue come alive by being involved in finalizing this costume:


Litter anime character

The students first decided which issue they wanted to take. Next, they designed their costumes, which later they made themselves, with the help of teachers from Mural Arts, and volunteers like me. Mural Arts Program also provided all the materials teen artists needed.

The day of the shoot there was one photographer, professional makeup artists and volunteers. Even though there were professionals at the scene, teen artists took pictures, and everyone was involved in creating the wonderful environment. It was a really fun experience and I hope you will enjoy the pictures!!!!

The photo shoot

Makeup for all the models (even the guys)


Later those photos were displayed in a gallery with other art projects of the other locations of Mural Arts. From the experience teen artists had, I think they learned a lot about design, making and modeling. Events and projects are happening at Mural Arts all the time, throughout the city of Philadelphia. Murals, sculptures, drawings, photos, are not the only things students in the Mural Arts Program make, there is also memories, friendships and important life lessons.

I volunteered at the Christian Street  YMCA. My YMCA has a lot of holiday parties with lots of activities and food for different holidays.The YMCA provides lots of sports, activities and workouts, but my favorite part is the pool. I am the part of the swimming team and our team has a lot of swim meets, which are competitions against other teams from other YMCAs. When I did not swim on those I helped on the deck. Also I helped with swim lessons for little kids.

25 yard pool at the Christian street YMCA

At the Whitman branch of the Free Library of  Philadelphia, where I always volunteer, there are a lot of different sections, and teen section one of them. There is a lot of clubs in the library, scrabble club, chess club, games club, and they have a relaxing yoga class. I volunteered at the Science in the summer program and it is a 2 day course with different labs. They also needed volunteers for Summer Reading Program, to help them inform and deal out prizes. This time I volunteered at the activity for little kids called “Story time”, where kids listened to stories, made bracelets, mixed colors, and made collages.  

The teen section at the Whitman branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia

I asked the librarian to give me a few words about things they offer for teens in the library:

Throughout this project my opinion changed, evolved, and grew. It helped me see things around me clearer and with more understanding. Maybe, I could have made posters, flyers, and other advertisements, to represent the programs, to show people that they can do something interesting in their spare time. However, I think that this way everyone can get first hand personal experience from me.

The way I was an agent of change was not just volunteering. I also took my friends to those places and after they experience the atmosphere, activities and fun they stayed and started to go there more often. There is only one thing left to say and that is: Instead of staying inside, go out and enjoy the world around you!!!!

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Dakota Foster's Capstone


Recently, i participated in Doula Training Class by the suggestion of a colleague. I began taking classes under the Maternity Care Coalition. I was one of three high school girls with the rest of the ladies were either in college or well into their lives with kids. During the classes, I fell in love with everything and anything that came along with being/becoming a Doula. I loved the people that I met in the classes, I loved the atmosphere, and the spirituality that was embedded in everything we did. Two things that stood out to me where that: the teacher told us that Doulas aren't well known and how we are helping them by being 'community doulas' - being more accessible to the community. We watched stories about the women that had Doulas and I thought to myself: something this great, why don't more women know about? That is when I decided to make a video about what Doulas are, the history of Doulas, and something little extra. Hope you enjoy!

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Jessica Maiorano Capstone

I had the opportunity to be on Science Leadership Academy's Students Run Philly Style team all four years of high school. I have grown and learned so much by being on this team. The goal of this project was to find an effective way to encourage students to join  Students Run Philly Style and to give other students their own unique experience while being in the program. I have also used this website to show the qualities and experiences students can gain by being apart of any sports team. I met with one of the leaders from Students Run to exchange ideas on how to produce a final product that would get others to join. This required me to know the benefits of Students Run and how other members have been effected by it. The vision was to create a promotional video that can be shared. I have produced my video by using my skills that I have learned throughout my three years in Digital Video. I choose to put all my information on this website so it easy to see all the experiences that my fellow classmates and I have had while being on a sports team.  


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Abou Hinson Capstone

My capstone was on leadership experience and character development. I knew I’d be working with Phresh Philly for the most part because it had been my ILP and I enjoyed it in the past. I initially planned to build a greenhouse in north Philadelphia but our plans since have changed. I’ve had increased participation in the group so I thought I’d document my role and talk about my experiences. 

The 3 events that I documented were the financial literacy classes I co-hosted at SLA, the “Global Youth Service Day” event that I planned with my mentor, and a mentoring/education program I co-founded. I worked with a number of organizations to put these things together and I met some very amazing and inspiring people. I decided to do this as my capstone because I’ve always felt as if I were never preforming academically at my peak or as good as I should have been. After a summer of reflection I decided to go on a journey to reach my intellectual capacity, and these events have gave me even more to reflect on. 

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Sara Nesbitt Capstone


I chose to write a children's book. I wanted it to be whimsical and fun, but with an underlying allegory. I wanted to write something that children would find amusing, but the older people would understand the meaning behind it. I gathered memories/things that my grandfather and I did together, and based my story on our adventures together. I chose to write in the perspective of a hat, so it was more fun for the kids. It's my grandfather's hat. I teach the days of the week by adding an adventure to each day, and made them relatable. At the end of the story, the hat "blows away" which is to resemble death. It's teaching children that when someone/something you love isn't with you anymore, you can take the memories that you had with that person/thing and hold onto them to keep happiness and memory of those times. I'm really glad that I wrote this book dedicated to my grandfather, because now I have physical documentation of the fun times we spent together, and I can share it with others.

Annotated Bibliography:

1. "Top Ten Children’s Book Publishers @" SelfPublishing Creative Writing Poetry and More. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.

This source provides top publishing companies for specifically children’s books. I found two really great companies that would be perfect for me. They specialize in children’s picture books. The names of those companies are Templar Publishing and Flashlight Press.  I also found a few companies that I shouldn’t send my material to, because they are no longer accepting picture books. This was helpful because I can eliminate companies and find the one that’s best for me.

2. "Publishers and Getting Published." Children's Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This was another publishing company site; where there are links to numerous companies that you can click onto them, and they give you a synopsis of the criteria they need. They inform you about their policies, what you need to send to them, and what the final product will look for you. They can also give you a quote, which is an estimate price for the specific book you envisioned. I selected this source because I thought that the information was informative and helpful.

3. "Allegory The Giving Tree." N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This site was a presentation on the underlying allegories that were in the children’s book, The Giving Tree. This introduced new ideas that I hadn’t seen before. It provided a new perspective to me, and insightful things to add to my own book. I selected this source because I think it’s helpful to learn how to add an allegory that children don’t pick up on but others do, as well as something that’s unique and powerful to me. It helped me gain ideas of how I can impact the audience with my message.

4. "Self Publishing, Book Printing and Publishing Online - Lulu." Self Publishing, Book Printing and Publishing Online - Lulu. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

I selected this source because it was the best self publishing/printing company I found. They were organized, helpful, and professional. They gave you an estimated price which is nice. Also, the site is supportive. They have sponsors, (Barnes and Noble, amazon, and Ibooks) so you feel like you can be successful with your final product. Another benefit of this source was that they provide online support for anyone with questions that aren’t answered. One limitation of this source was that it’s very expensive.

5. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar =Khubaja Bhukyo Keḍarapilara /." Free Library of Philadelphia. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

I chose to look at the Very Hungry Caterpillar for inspiration because it was always a favorite of mine when I was younger. I analyzed it and looked for allegories. I really liked the fact that the author used the days of the week to tell his story, but it was also structure (which is good for the children) and it helps them learn the days of the week. I used this for my storyline, and incorporated the days of the week through it. This book gave me great ideas. One limitation that I thought the book had was it was too short. It was like a cliffhanger in a way which made me have more questions about the authors choices.

6. "Where Do Balloons Go? :an Uplifting Mystery /." Free Library of Philadelphia. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

I chose Where Do Balloons go? as one of the books to analyze because it was in my family history. The allegory of this book is about death, and questions what happens to people when they die/what happens to their loved ones. This helps me because I want to incorporate the message “How to deal with death/Can we move on?/How do we move on?” into my story. This book also helped me on ideas for illustrations, because it is so beautifully illustrated and the colors are so vibrant. This book was very interesting and beneficial to my writing process.

7. "The Giving Tree /." Free Library of Philadelphia. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

I chose The Giving Tree to source because it’s an amazing classic. The book not only demonstrates the process of life, but the selfish characteristics that we have, and how we can take advantage of the people who care about us the most. It also portrays how we can become more and more complicated and greedy as we live and find new things. This book is simply wonderful, and demonstrates the qualities I want to show in my own book.

8. "Goodnight Moon /." Free Library of Philadelphia. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

Most people don’t know that Goodnight Moon was written in 1947, and the book is about the Cold War. It uses tactics like saying “goodnight” to everything in the room. It’s the perfect bedtime story, but the deeper allegory is very hidden. A limitation of this source was that I had to research the allegory, which I thought older people would understand automatically. Overall, it was beneficial to see a different type of book with a different message then the rest.

9. "Twenty Steps to Writing a Children’s Book." Confessions of a Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This source provides step by step instructions on the children’s book that a woman wrote. Her’s was focused primarily on working with her illustrator, and every detail that went into getting the final product the way she wanted it. I selected this source because I wanted to know the process from another person’s perspective, and see how I can plan my time accordingly to get everything completed. One limitation of this source was that she didn’t talk much about writing it, which I wish she did because her illustration notes were so great.

10. "Pat Mora." Pat Mora. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

I chose this source because I need tips on how to organize my time, and what I should dedicate more time to/less time to during my writing, illustrating, and printing process. This website gives quick tips on how to successfully write a children’s book. I agree with the tips they cover toward the end, because you do have to love what you’re writing about or else the book will not be as amazing as it could be. This source was beneficial to me because I take note of them when writing my book, and they really come in handy.

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Ryan Shaw Capstone

Student Name:

Ryan Shaw

In school mentor’s name:

Mr. Baird

Topic Summary:

The goal of this project was to research and create a way to teach people how to play chess and to understand chess strategy.

Project Abstract:

The inspiration of my capstone is my love for chess and my love of playing games like chess. Games like this help me with developing my problem solving skills, so that I can use these skills in real life applications. When I realized this, I wanted to help other people who might not have the same experience. I decided I was going to research and take a study of how quickly people improve at playing chess with an ELO scoring system, so that I could actually graph and use the data, then use that information to create a comprehensive website so that anyone could learn how to play chess and learn how to use simple problem solving strategies.


Annotated Bibliography:

1. "World Chess Federation - FIDE." World Chess Federation - FIDE. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This is a resource that will help me significantly in the coming weeks. It is a very popular, and much visited website that many chess players visit to research chess and to play online chess. This will help me get an idea of how to teach people chess and how to accurately gauge a person’s chess abillity.

2."E.I.01A. Laws of Chess." World Chess Federation. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This source will help me explain chess to those who have a larger than average understanding of chess and the mechanics. It will fall under advanced categories on the website, and I learned more about chess and why some of the mechanics are there inside of the game, by looking at these rules and their explanations.

3. "" Chesscom RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This is a list of chess openings, some famous, some advanced, used by the top chess players in the world. These players used the techniques that are described in detail in this web page to describe the amount of thought and the process of the moves and openings by taking the reader through the moves one by one. A very useful tool to show to beginners and show them how thoughtful and interesting chess can be.

4. "" How to Play Chess: Rules & Basics -. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.

This is a source that could help me a large amount with teaching people how to play chess. While I have an understanding about how the game is played, I don’t know how to teach a beginner as well as someone like my mentor, Mr. Baird, a chess teacher. I need more resources like this one that will help me understand how to teach people how to play chess.

5. "" Advanced: Strategy. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

These are examples of strategies used in chess games, not just openings, but also thoughtful uses of detailed chess strategies. Each of these strategies could be something simple that could help a beginner, or it could help a person that has an advanced understanding of chess, or someone tha

6. "5 Year Old Teaches 2 Year Old to Play Chess." YouTube. YouTube, 08 Dec. 2008. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This source is a youtube video that shows a 5 year old describing how to play chess and how to use the pieces to a 2 year old. Then he describes how to play the game. While I thought this wouldn’t be useful at first, I quickly realized that this is a useful video to show how easily one can learn chess, and learn how to play it. The resource will help me find the perfect way to teach a new player how to play the game.

7. "Lecture Notes." Lecture Notes in Game Theory. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

Game theory is still an important part of my project and this is a list of lectures, a few of which I have watched, describing the approaches to game theory, and what game theory means. I can easily find use in this source by showing a few lectures as introductions to intermediate players and as a way to show players how important it is to understand the game and how game theory works with chess and what that means.

8. "Get Your Elo Rating Here!" The Automated Chess Rating Utility. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

"Cognitive Ability Test." RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

These are two sources that have the possibility to estimate or score a person’s chess playing ability. There are a few different ways to do this, but the first one of these sources estimates a person’s ability by giving them a few example chess problems, where the player describes the correct way to proceed to check mate. While this is happening, the computer keeps track of how the person is doing, and at the end, gives them an estimated ELO based on their answers. The second source is one that tests cognitive ability. While the first source was an estimation, this is an actual test, and I can use both to see if there is a correlation between chess and brain function, or at least the scores of the two.

9."HTML." W3Schools Online Web Tutorials. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.

Since I will be coding my website, I will need to frequently use resources to finish programming the website, and to accurately code, I need a reference guide. This is a guide I’ve used in the past to accurately code and code with a lot of efficiency. I’ll be using this citation to guide myself through coding the website, which will be a helpful resource in showing new players how to play.

10. "Improve Your Chess." How to Improve at Chess. Top 10 Reasons for Stagnation. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This is an online chess school that has the ability to teach people about chess in a different manner than I’ve seen before. Using this site, I can teach the new players how to play in a way that I hadn’t before realized and I can now accurately use to teach new players. While teaching chess before this, I would’ve used the same techniques as the other sites, I can now incorporate these new techniques in teaching chess to new players and advanced players alike.

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Alisha's Capstone - Art

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Student Name: 
Alisha Clark

In School Mentor Name: 

Ms. Dunda

Out of School Mentor: 


Topic Summary: The goal for this project was to create a collection of artwork and have it publicly displayed.  

Project Abstract: I intend for my final product to be a collection of art work. Since my focus is on life and art, I wanted to have all pictures involving a person(s). My personal requirement was to try to make it as realistic as possible because that’s my style of drawing. I believe that art is best when you draw what you see. So, for my final product it is important to me to be able to draw how I see each person. I would like to carry out the visual with a public display in Science Leadership Academy.

I also got the idea to collaborate with other artists in SLA. So, I plan to be able to meet with them to conference with them about their pieces and to help with an struggles, concerns and to provide any materials. Therefore, collectively, there will be a majority of my artwork, but there will be featured artists’ work displayed as well. Although no one draws the same exact way, I would like the display as a whole to capture parts of life. 

Final Product: Displayed on third floor ballroom wall

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Sarah-Charlotte Brown Capstone

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My idea originated a few years back, when I decided that I wanted to write a book about mermaids. I had always liked mythology and fantasy novels. I decided that I wanted to be an author a while ago, but have never completed any kind of book or gone through the process of writing and coming up with the story. Originally, I wanted my capstone to be to write the book. However, I realized fairly soon into the process that I needed to spend more time developing the characters and stories. If I took that time and also tried to finish writing an entire book, I knew the book wouldn't turn out very good because of lack of time to prep the book, and also complete writing it. This gave me the idea to do a "website for the book." On this website, I would have fully developed characters complete with drawings, real history and mythology, a prologue, and photography (that would eventually become part of the book). 

  1. "Character Development Tips." Character Development Tips. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>. - This source gives me a lot of information about character development, which is extremely important for my capstone. One of the main things I’m doing is character development. I have had trouble with it in the past, so learning more about it has a lot of importance to me. 

  1. "Mermaid." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 29 Jan. 2014. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>.  This source just gives me some basic information about mermaids. I can also use wikipedia to find other sources and get a lot of the basics of my information.

  1. "Mermaid Mythology." Mermaid Mythology. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>.-  This source tells me a lot about the original mermaid myths. It talks a lot about a goddess from Syrian mythology that inspired a lot of my story. I am researching more about these myths and basing my story behind it. 

  1. "Mermaid's Treasures." Mermaid myths, legends, and folklore. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>. - This source has a lot of information. It starts out having general information about mermaids. It then goes on to have information about mermaids from different countries. It also has a list of mermaid hoaxes and a list of a few mermaid books listed. 

  1. Mermaids: The Body Found. Dir. Sid Bennett. Perf. Sean Cameron Michael, Andre Weideman, Candice D'Arcy, David Soul. Animal Planet, 2011. Film.- This is a fake documentary about mermaids. It gave me a lot of ideas for some of the minor characters for my novel. 


  1. "Portrait Photography Tips." Digital Photography School RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>.- I am going to be photographing things for my guide book and a lot of the photos will be portraits. I haven’t done a lot of portraits in the past, and this source gives me a lot tips for doing them. 

  1. Radford, Benjamin. "Mermaids & Mermen: Facts & Legends." LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 23 Sept. 2013. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>.- This source has a lot of science facts about mermaids. 

  1. Reif, Cheryl. "Crafting Believable Villains: 52 Questions to Ask." Cheryl Reif Writes. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>.- The one thing I still really need to work on is developing an evil character. I haven’t had too many ideas so far. This source has a lot of tips and ideas around creating an villain. 

  1. "Syrian Boy & Girl Names." Syrian Names. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>.- This source will help me with naming my characters and keeping them close to their heritage.

  1. "Underwater Photography Guide." Underwater Photography Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>.- I will probably be doing some underwater photography, which is something I have never done before. This has a lot of sources about underwater photography that I can use. 
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Daniel Tuveson Capstone

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Particle physics isn't a subject I have come across in the class room in my four years at SLA, and I found that a little disappointing. For my capstone I built three different apparatuses that can be used to see/detect particles, and can be used to demonstrate the existence and some of the properties of subatomic particles. I built a cloud chamber, which allows one to see the tracks of high energy particles inside of a container of supercooled alcohol. I also build a geiger counter, which makes a noise in the presence of a high energy subatomic particle. I also built a cathode ray tube which allows electrons to freely move through space, allowing one to see how they behave. I hope that teachers might be able to incorporate one of these projects into a small unit or as part of a larger unit at some point in the future. 
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Blog #3- Agent of Change

Hi it’s Kai again! I’m back and writing my third and final blogpost on the overlooked and forgotten people of Philadelphia. If you remember my previous posts “Do You Care” and “The Overlooked of Philadelphia” you’ll know that my focus are the citizens of Philadelphia who have been overlooked by our government.This topic is important to me because it affected me and so many others. I have talked about the Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry and the Abbotsford Falls Family Crisis and Counseling Clinic being a place where a number of our community members are forgotten. When I talk about being forgotten I mean the many citizens of Philly who are not being taken care of and not given the respect they deserve. The more we come together as a people to try and fix our failed system the stronger it’ll make us.

I knew that for my agent of change I wanted to do more than just bring in cans or gently used clothes. Constantly reminding my class mates to bring in supplies wasn’t what I had in mind for my project. In my previous blogs talked about the Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry and the Abbotsford Falls Family Practice and Counseling clinic being a place where many have been forgotten. That was only an example. Philadelphia is a big city and the more people I made aware the better. For my agent of change I wanted to make sure everybody knew about the problem we are facing as a community. Our city is suffering at the hands of our leaders and nobody has been stepping up to fix it. Our school system is failing, there are a limited amount of health professionals who take patients without insurance, every other day a kid dies at the hands of a gun, and the amount of homeless people is outrageous. So after going through all my options I decided on an interactive presentation during advisory. My presentation focused on the failing school system because that would connect with students more than anything else.

Me presenting the beginning of my presentation

In my presentation I showed six different school logos. Three of which are neighborhood school and the other three are magnet schools. I asked my advisory what the difference was between the schools. As my advisory was talking they really came to realize that there was a problem. The fact that there is such a big gap between the difference in test scores from a school like South Philly High and SLA or Promise Academy at King and Central. After I talked about the different schools I wanted to ask if there were any schools you got rejected by that you were considering for high school. Like myself many students were considering three or four schools but only got into one or two. All of us were lucky to get into SLA but tens of thousands of other students end up having to go to their neighborhood schools which aren’t academically challenging. When you teach students to compete for schools and some kids end up in sub par schools you also teach them not to care. They think: well I’m not good enough to get into this school so I’m must not be smart. That is the wrong message to send to the kids who will run this country.

                                                    Two more pictures of me teaching

My topic isn’t something that you can fix overnight, when you’re talking about whole cities there is little that you can do to make a huge impact. So I concluded that the best way to change any problem is through education; after all you can’t fix something that you don’t know about. While most Philadelphia students know about the budget crisis and our failing school system not many know the details, like what is happening? who is doing it? and what can we do to fix it? I hit all these points and more in my presentation in a way that engaged my peers. By the time I finished my project I really felt as though I had gotten my point across and I was really being heard. The advisory was asking questions about what they could do to help and they were thinking about alternative options to fix what our government had broken.

The biggest lesson that I learned wasn’t through my research as much as it was through my class. It felt really rewarding to know that I wasn’t in this boat alone, that there are other people who want to take action in my cause. I am confident that my peers are not only aware of the issue but willing to help by writing and letters and trying to get our voices heard. I plan on continuing my agent of change even after this project by getting a group letter sent to Governor Corbett. This project has allowed me take on a topic that is really important to me and for that I’m grateful. I had always known that the forgotten of Philly was a problem but I never knew how to fix it. Through this blog I figured out how.

A student engaging
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Jeffrey Schwartz Capstone

Jeffrey Schwartz

Mr. Baird and Ms. Menasion

My capstone is a short book aimed at beginning and ending habits and comfort zones. 

​I was interested in reading a few business books and I eventually became fascinated with the idea of a domino effect concerning habit making and self improvement. I read and researched many books and people essential to understanding self improvement in hopes that I could produce a product that uniquely describes the process of coming out of your comfort zone and nudging yourself onto a different path towards your goals, what ever they may be. Mostly my capstone involved reading and talking to people. Things that I was not exactly willing to do as much as I am now. 


Restak, Richard M. Think Smart: A Neuroscientist's Prescription for Improving Your Brain's Performance. New York: Riverhead, 2009. Print.

Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers: The Story of Success. New York: Little, Brown, 2008. Print.

Pink, Daniel H. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us. New York, NY: Riverhead, 2009. Print.

Covey, Sean. "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens." 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Sean Covey, n.d. Web. 30 May 2014.

Clason, George S. "The Richest Man in Babylon (book)." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 30 May 2014. Web. 30 May 2014.

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Jalisa Smith- Capstone

Jalisa Smith

Mentor (In School): Elizabeth Menasion

Mentore (Outside of School): Elizabeth Blackman

Capstone Abstract: 

Cancer Screening Rates within the Black Community: African, African-Americans, Afro-Caribbean 

The black community holds the highest cancer mortality rates even amongst major cancers. The objective of this research study is to determine if there are cancer screening disparities within the black community, using three types of cancers: Cervical, prostate and colorectal. 

Background Information: 

  • Cervical Cancer: 

This cancer begins when normal cells gradually turn to precancerous cells. The exocervix has squamous cells. The endocervix has glandular cells. The part where the squamous cells and glandular cells meet is called the transformation zone. In this zone, squamous and glandular cells create precancerous cells. These precancerous cells then lead to cervical cancer. Like most cancers, cervical cancer can be detected early and prevented earlier. 

The chances of contracting cervical cancer are intensified with human papilloma virus (HPV). Young women can be vaccinated for HPV prevention at a young age and with continuous vaccinations, it reduces the risks of contracting the virus that leads to contracting pre-cancer. The vaccination however does not prevent cervical cancer so getting a regular screening is still very important. 

  • Colorectal Cancer: 

This cancer begins either in the colon or the rectum,. The majority of colorectal cancers start as a polyp: a growth that begins in the inner lining of either the colon or rectum and continues toward the center. Although colorectal cancer does begin with polyps, only some polyps can become cancer, those are known as adenomas. When a polyp is taken out during its early stages, chances of a person ever getting colorectal cancer are reduced. 

  • Prostate Cancer: 

Although there are other cells that become cancerous, most prostate cancers develop from gland cells. Gland cells are those that make prostate fluids that are a part of semen. Those cells that begin as gland cells are called adenocarcinomas. Prostate cancer is affcte by the size of a man’s prostate. There are plenty of reasons why one is more susceptible to contracting prostate cancer than others. This disease is very likely amongst older men and can be treated with regular check-ups. 


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