Capstone 1: The Starting Process

For the next couple of weeks, the whole fifth grade participates in, Capstone. This project is an inquiry-based project which means it starts with a question. You pick a topic, research it, and make a presentation. These projects always look incredible and they are really inspiring. I chose Play-Doh and here is my thinking and the process to where we are now…

It was a little complicated deciding on my topic because their are so many things to choose from. At first I was leaning toward doing crayons but I don’t think I was going to be able to stick with it for a whole six weeks. I was playing with Play-Doh and I realized I wanted to learn about it. What is the science behind Play-Doh? That is how I found my topic and my main research question.

I found “mind maps” really helpful for finding my sub questions. To make a mind map, you write the topic on a piece of paper and break it down. For example, I wanted to learn about the science behind Play-Doh. Then, I had to figure out I made only one I that is how I found my five sub-questions.

I had a couple of challenges. One of them was choosing my topic. There are so many topics I could choose from, but after thinking about it for a couple of days I figured out my topic. Another challenge was finding a main research question. Play-Doh is a big company. I like science and so I decided to combine them and I came up with, What is the science behind Play-Doh?

I am still uncertain about my next steps so I think that is where need a little assistance. I also think that I would need a little help on finding an interview.

Capstone is a really fun project. I am really excited to be able to participate in the Capstone project.


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