Global Contexts

Connect an idea for the Personal Project to a Global Context.

What are the Global Contexts and how do they impact the project?


Students may 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:


Global Contexts

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:

  1. What exercises help with what physical and mental medical issues?

  2. What are some important things to consider for building a reliable kayak or canoe?

  3. What are the different major configurations of remote control planes, and what techniques are necessary to be able to build them?

  4. How can a robot be built and programmed to avoid obstacles using distance readings from an ultrasonic sensor?

  5. What traits /tendencies do advanced AI systems, basic AI systems, and people have in common?

  6. 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?