Step 1: Generating Ideas
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 have had that you want to build on or expand on
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 ...
Connect an idea to a Global Context.
What are examples of products?
What are examples of topics?
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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
Goal: My goal is to design blueprints and create a 3D model of a safe house for domestic abuse 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
• 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.