By Amber Rhinehart, MYP Coordinator

The Personal Project allows students to demonstrate their ability to connect and transfer the extensive skills, knowledge and understandings they have acquired in one or more of their MYP disciplines to a global context, in order to achieve a meaningful goal of their own design.

The project, led by our PP Coordinator Michael Dzorkpata, prepares students for success in the IB Diploma Programme by introducing them to the challenges of independent work, in which self-motivation and management are essential. The extensive research required by the project and the presentation of an academic report provide an introduction to the rigor and skills required by the DP Extended Essay.  

The different stages of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) personal project / Credits: Shwetangna Chakrabarty

During the course of the personal project, students choose a topic and develop a goal that connects that topic to an authentic, global context that has relevance and meaning beyond the project itself.  This concept frames and guides the project, and allows students to apply their knowledge, skills and analysis to an issue that resonates in our complex, interconnected world.  In doing so, students demonstrate their understanding of one of the MYP Global Contexts.

Students are assessed on all three components of the Personal Project:

  • The Process Journal
  • The Product
  • The Academic Report

This year, the celebration of this culminating assessment in the Personal Project Exhibition looks a bit different. Our grade 10 students shared their process, inquiry question and final product on a padlet.  The students explain their process by answering these questions:

  • What was your goal for the project and what inspired it?
  • How successful was the PP for you?
  • What was the most important thing you learned?
  • Can you show us or briefly describe and take us through your product?
  • What are your last words?
  • Any advice for next year’s PP students?

Our students’ project ranged in topics from creating a sustainable greenhouse to exploring one’s ethics and values. See some of our students’ inquiry questions below: 

  • To what extent are convicted prisoners in jail because they couldn’t pay the fine?
  • Why is the immune-system important, what are the local foods, spices, drinks that can help boost immunity and how can they be ranked?
  • In what ways were key events of the Gold Coast slave trade perceived by people of various cultures, living in divergent eras?
  • How can I create a sustainable mesh greenhouse and what is the process to do so?
  • Why do children die when being left in a hot car and how can we avoid it?
  • The Black Lives Matter movement. What is it? And Why is police brutality mostly towards black people?

Our LCS Personal Project Exhibition opens on May 5th at 8:00 AM and runs until the 12th of May.  Please make sure to peruse through the Personal Projects this year and leave your thoughts and comments for our students.