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9th Grade Roll Out Presentation with Global Context Activity
A brochure with helpful links
A link to a Major’s video where three students are interviewed about their own personal projects
Check out some helpful inks for various areas: https://www.mrsmacfarland.com/personal-project/helpful-links
Find a topic that appeals to you...
Find inspiration! You will be working on this project for 7 months of your 10th grade year; therefore, you want to find something you are passionate about. Consider one of the following:
a global context that interests you
a service experience you are interested in
a unit of inquiry that you want to explore further
a skill you have always wanted to learn
a solution to a community problem
Be curious. Find a challenge. Develop a passion. Make an impact.
Consider these question stems:
Curiosity: I have been wondering about...
Challenge: I have always wanted to try...
Passion: I would love to ...
Impact: I can make the world a better place by ...
Students should ask themselves a few questions:
Is your topic something that you will actually enjoy?
Can you find research about your topic? (Is there something new to learn?)
Can you complete the project in 7 months?
Connect an idea to a Global Context.
What are the Global Contexts and how do they impact the project?
Students must choose one of the six Global Contexts to provide a real-life context for, and a focus to their work. Though a student’s project may apply to more than one Global Context, he/she will have to decide which one works best. The six Global Contexts are:
Science, Technology, & Innovation
Students will explore the natural world and its laws; the interaction between people and the natural world; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on communities and environments; the impact of environments on human activity; how humans adapt environments to their needs.Students will explore the natural world and its laws; the interaction between people and the natural world; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on communities and environments; the impact of environments on human activity; how humans adapt environments to their needs.
Sample Lines of Inquiry:
What exercises help with what physical and mental medical issues?
What are some important things to consider for building a reliable kayak or canoe?
What are the different major configurations of remote control planes, and what techniques are necessary to be able to build them?
How can a robot be built and programmed to avoid obstacles using distance readings from an ultrasonic sensor?
What traits /tendencies do advanced AI systems, basic AI systems, and people have in common?
How can maker spaces that promote hands on learning influence the way people learn through their senses?
Identities and relationships
Students will explore identity; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; what it means to be human.Students will explore identity; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; what it means to be human.Students will explore identity; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; what it means to be human.
Sample Lines of Inquiry:
Will calisthenics increase my coordination with my body and help me control my movements through muscle mass and coordination exercises?
How did Norse mythology shape the lives and culture of the Vikings?
How can learning how to swim different strokes help contribute to my overall physical health? What changes will occur in my body through learning new skills?
How can I create a workout video that really focuses on building my upper strength using household items?
Orientation in space and time
Students will explore personal histories; homes and journeys; turning points in humankind; discoveries; explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between, and the interconnectedness of, individuals and civilizations, from personal, local and global perspectives.
Sample Lines of Inquiry:
How can I create an accessible, informational platform about languages that will serve its purpose of educating those who read it and will gain a large following?
What is the value of documenting migrations of immigrants? How can immigrating reveal different perspectives of cultures?
Personal and cultural expression
Students will explore the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
Sample Lines of Inquiry:
What are the best techniques for assembling a Work Desk with a size that suits your client’s needs for everyday use at their jobs?
Where can I find inspiration for a song and how can I improve my guitar playing and singing?
How has the innovation and culture of the sport of basketball developed into becoming such a common form of personal expression?
How did Indian cuisine come to be and connect to the country’s culture?
How do modern/social media artists express themselves and their mental health through their art in these different and troubled times?
How does the cadence of different instruments correlate with one another to provide one with a cohesive music piece?
Globalization and sustainability
Students will explore the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the relationship between local and global processes; how local experiences mediate the global; the opportunities and tensions provided by world-interconnectedness; the impact of decision-making on humankind and the environment.
Sample Lines of Inquiry:
What is a creative way to reduce the amount of plastic grocery bags in the environment so that they can be reused?
Can a teen make enough money to live and sustain themselves?
How can creating a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to be protected from this pandemic affect my community, and help decrease the amount of unsustainable disposable PPE?
Fairness and development
Students will explore rights and responsibilities; the relationship between communities; sharing finite resources with other people and with other living things; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
Sample Lines of Inquiry:
How can I help patients through an online platform?
How can sales from local handicraft businesses in India help to solve poverty in the Austin area?
Can a business be successful without damaging the environment?
What are examples of products?
writing and performing a play, dance, or story
developing a product --either new or enhanced
learning a new skill and demonstrating the skill through a product
creating/organizing an event
making a product and sharing with community
starting a business
designing an energy efficient house
learning how to digitally animate
shooting a film
studying a topic to improve upon what is available
helping others in some fashion
making a difference in someone’s life
building a model
building a prototype
creating a charity
teaching a skill
training an animal
public service awareness campaign
What are examples of topics?
This list is from Hilton Schools.
Dealing with Alzheimer's Disease
Abuse in Factory Farms
Learning to crochet baby hats and donating them
The Effect of Video Games on a Teenager
Beating My Personal Record
Promoting Weight Lifting
Sustaining the Stability of the Ambulatory Challenged
The Impact of the Holocaust on My Family
The Sport of Irish Dance
How to Take Care of Ferrets
How to build a doghouse
Free Throw Shooting and Form
Tips for Procrastinators
How to Increase Your vertical Jump
What’s inside a computer?
How electricity works
Awareness of Pay Gap in Men versus Women sports
How to be a better singer
Type 1 Diabetes
ACL injury prevention
Eating Disorders in Athletes
Tommy John Surgery Prevention
Ways Athletes Prepare for Games
Creating a Board Game
Teaching Others how to do a 45 toss
Connecting through an incurable illness
Animal Enrichment in Zoos
The Decline of the Bass Population in the Finger Lakes
Effects of Teen Addiction to Cell Phones
Effects of Sleep Deprivation of Teens
Fair Market Trade
The Benefits of Music for the Brain
How to Fly Fish
Pollution in Lake Ontario
The Impact of Sleep on Academic Achievement
How to dunk a basketball
Learning to Speak German
Importance of Learning an Instrument
My Family Heritage
Helping the Homeless
A Comparison of Cheap v Expensive Hockey Sticks
How do Fan Sections Affect Sporting Events?
How exercise and eating right can help someone get in shape
Learning how to weld
How to restore an old car
Building a doghouse
How to make a model airplane
Helping to renovate my kitchen
Learning to be a hairstylist
Training my dog
How to replace a water heater
Building a biodiesel engine
Organize a blood drive to benefit a target cause or group
Create a scrapbook of memories for a patient at Hilton East
Learn to play an instrument you don’t know already
Organize and maintain a meal train for a family in need
Develop a training plan to recovering physical condition after an injury
Create a YouTube series on a topic
Compose and produce 4 songs using “Logic Pro”
Holistic medicine benefits on mental health
Documentary on how to be a responsible driver
Learn a new style of dance and perform it
Organize a 5K race
How to benefit from re-using plastics
Modifying different variables in photography
Develop a flipped learning series
Create a prototype using the 3D printer in the Makerspace room
How to create an infographic to impact a target audience
Illustrate a song or children’s book using the drawing page
Create a coloring book in Adobe Illustrator
Make an art exhibit and display in a public place
Learn to dive and find and practice techniques to move forward.
Improve your asthma status doing exercises
Create entertainment for kids in the hospital.
Learn sign language
Learn about the culture of the deaf community.
Improve your physical endurance
Using tools in makerspace learn how to do graffiti
The harmful effects of the sun when tanning.
Design a house that would meet a certain need that an individual might have (wheel chair, walker, overstimulation...)
Learn how to weld
Train and run a 5k, 10k, half marathon
Recording a travel video using the green screen
Learn a new language
Create a guide to fishing in local waters
Learn to tie flies for fly fishing
Create a musical piece, record it (Makerspace) and produce it
Improve your golf game
How horse therapy helps children with difficulties
How therapy dogs are beneficial in hospice settings
Create a guide on what to wear to best accent body types
Skills and values that video games have
How lighting in film works
How to gain self confidence
How to improve scuba diving skills
Create and/or grow a new club in Hilton
How to improve the environment for people recovering from certain illnesses, physical challenges, chemotherapy
Experiment with being a vegetarian and determine if the lifestyle is beneficial for you
Develop a choreography that expresses a message
Analysis on how advertising affects you
Discover the most challenging aspects for a graduate from school and how to face them
Develop golf techniques and test out their effectiveness
How to learn rhythms from different genres and apply them to music.
Inquire into social media and create a blog, twitter, you tube etc detailing which platform is best for a variety of situations or needs.
Build an instrument, a bike, a lawn mower……
Improve fashion drawing skills and then sewing your creation
Weigh the health benefits of organic foods to see if it is worthwhile
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I do the personal project with a partner or group?
No, this is a personal project designed individually by you. :)
Do I get to pick my advisor?
No, based on your interest area, the PP Coordinator will work to match you with a staff member.
Is the personal project a grade?
Checkpoints and grades will be given in College Readiness to be sure you stay on track with meeting your goals.
The actual assessment of the work is reported to the school and moderated samples are uploaded for calibration.
Do we have time to work on it during class?
Yes, some class time will be given in College Readiness to work on your project; however, students are expected to work outside of class to complete the project. IB expects that students spend about 25 hours on the project.
When does all of this technically start?
Students will outline ideas at the beginning of their 10th grade year, but are welcome to get started with generating ideas over the summer before entering 10th grade year to get a head start.
Learn a new skill. One student learned how to fly solo on an aircraft at Georgetown Airport and documented the process.
Provide a service. One student created a little library at Meridian where people could borrow books and donate books.
One student wanted to explore music and created songs using digital technology.
One student was interested in marine life and quality of water and sampled various beaches to record data and shared it with a company that has a mission to save marine life.
Rashed’s project: “MYP projects tackle real world problems”. The IB community blog. April 5, 2019.https://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2019/04/05/myp-projects-tackle-real-world-problems/
Willow’s project: “Diving into the MYP personal project”. The IB community blog. April 26, 2019. https://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2019/04/26/diving-into-the-myp-project/
Kamilla’s project: “Personal project within service initiative helps in problem solving and creative thinking”. The IB community blog. March 17, 2019. https://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2019/03/17/personal-project-within-service-initiative-helps-in-problem-solving-and-creative-thinking/
(Only Meridian Students have access)
Examples from IB MYP Personal Projects Northville High School
Develop a Proposal for the Personal Project
Go to https://www.mrsmacfarland.com/personal-project/step-2-planning to learn how to write your proposal and success criteria.
Topic: Housing for Domestic Abuse Victims
Learning Goal: My learning goal is to research what housing options are available in the Austin greater area for women of domestic abuse. I want to learn what services are available to help these women transition to a safer life. I want to understand the needs of these women in order to develop a model for what would be an effective safe house for these women. I will research what already exists for housing and will reach out to two to three Domestic Abuse organizations to better understand my target audience and their needs.
Product Goal: My goal is to design blueprints and create a 3D model of a safe house for domestic abuse victims that will be able to house 20-30 women and children. For my goal, I will consider the function of the safe house, aesthetics to make it appealing, and my target audience along with the budgetary costs for materials and layout/sizes all within the timeframe of the personal project to finish in February.
Global Context: I chose Identities and Relationships since designing a safe house for domestic abuse victims reinforces the beliefs and values in society that everyone deserves to be happy and feel safe. The safe house will focus on providing a home to help women and children connect to each other in a supportive environment and community, stressing the importance of social and mental well being.
What design elements are important to consider when developing a shelter for domestic abuse victims, specially women and children within a specific budget for 25-30 people that will most address the mental and social well being of the audience?
Setting a Goal
The IB's Personal Project Guide has the following information regarding setting a goal:
The personal project is truly personal because each student sets their own goal based on something that they find interesting. Students may draw inspiration from their prior experience in the MYP, such as:
• a global context that they find particularly compelling
• a service as action experience that they would like to build on
• a unit of inquiry that they would like to explore further.
Similarly, students may set a goal based on an interest or hobby that they pursue (or would like to pursue) outside school. Students should set an overall goal that can be achieved within 25 hours.
The following articles and websites might also help the students when selecting their goal:
How to prosper with MYP personal projects: getting students started