MYP Personal Projects Showcase

MYP Personal Projects Showcase
MYP Personal Projects Showcase

MYP Personal Project Showcase set for Thursday at KHS

   The Kokomo community is invited to Kokomo High School Thursday evening (Feb. 22) to help celebrate our International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program students. From 5 to 7 p.m., approximately 95 sophomores in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program at KHS will present their Personal Projects throughout the high school.

   Kokomo High School is a partner school with Central Middle International School in offering the IB Middle Years Program for grades 6 through 10, with an aim of developing Internationally minded students.

   The Personal Project is the culminating activity for students in year 5 of MYP. The IB students utilize skills developed during MYP, select an idea for a project, research that idea, and develop that project. While working with a school IB supervisor, the bulk of the project is completed outside of school hours. Students record their activity in a process journal and write an essay concerning their research and project.

   This year project topics include, Learning Calligraphy, Creating a Vegetarian Cookbook, Making a Prototype of a Search and Rescue Robot, and Making Spray Paint Art, and many more.

   KHS sophomore Brayden York’s project, “Your Journey Awaits”, explores the importance of international travel in the IB program, and aims to help others take part in such travel experiences. Brayden’s project involved developing a scholarship – the Melanie Peoples Memorial Travel Scholarship – to assist Kokomo School Corporation students interested in participating in one of the district’s exchange programs to countries such as Costa Rica, Chile, England, and China.

   “These immersion trips, offered at Central Middle International School and Kokomo High School, truly help students become world citizens and international learners,” Brayden explained. “I want to help other students to have these amazing experiences.”
Brayden organized a silent auction to raise money for the scholarship. This auction, which features 15 items donated by local businesses and community members, will take place during the Personal Project Showcase Thursday evening.

   “I hope community members will consider visiting my silent auction during the showcase to help make my scholarship a success,” Brayden added.

   KHS sophomore Alexis Hall thought all summer about her personal project, and came up with something that fit her life and passions.

   “I knew my project would focus on dance because my life revolves around dance,” Alexis explained. “I narrowed my project topics down to three options, but I felt one fit the IB design cycle perfectly. I selected ‘the Design of Dance’ as my project. This is a perfect way to show my progression throughout the dance season.”

   In her project, Alexis describes, from start to finish, what it takes to create a dance solo for a state competition. She shows the work that goes into a solo… from choreography, to costuming, to practicing, to re-blocking, and practicing again. Alexis spent five months working on her project. This time was spent gathering evidence – photos, videos, journals, etc.

   “This experience has shown me how I’ve grown as a student and as a dancer,” Alexis added.

   Central Middle International School teacher Mary Page serves as a Project Supervisor for the personal projects, and enjoys being able to work with the students.

   “One of the rewards of being a supervisor is seeing how much these students have matured between middle school and high school,” Ms. Page noted. “Guiding these students through projects – whether they be focused on philanthropy, research, technology, or personal growth – shows me how much the students have learned and grown through the IB program.”

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