This past Wednesday evening our MYP Grade 10 students shared their personal project journeys and products in an on-line format. In Google Meet "rooms" of approximately six students, students shared their inspirations, research processes, discoveries, and reflections. The projects ranged from art meant to raise awareness of depression to a documentary film based on interviews conducted with women and teenaged girls at a nearby safehouse.
Students shared clips from their videos (where applicable), photos of their final products, and more based on the Personal Project website designed by Gr10 student Sara. To view a student's project, simply click on the image of the student on the website. You are also welcome to leave comments on the student-created Personal Project Instagram page.
The Personal Project Evening was the culmination of a process begun in May of students' ninth grade year. This year's cohort persevered through nearly five months of distance learning and many were moving between Zambia and their country of origin as a result of the pandemic. The beautiful work they shared is a true testimony to their resilience and ability to self-manage, which are important life-long Approaches to Learning skills (ATL's).
Many thanks to our faculty who served as supervisors for the personal project or facilitated the breakout rooms, to Ms. Chevannes (MYP Design Teacher) for helping students organize their digital posters and create the format of the evening, and to Ms. Turner (MYP Coordinator) and Ms. Maguire (Secondary School Librarian) for weekly Personal Project support classes. It takes a village to realize an undertaking of this scope.
The final part of this journey will comprise student reflections on the whole process, which will allow us to improve the program for next year's group. If you attended the evening and have any suggestions you'd like to share with us, please reach out to either Ms. Ingrid Turner or Ms. Terry Maguire.
We invite you to take a few moments to browse some of the beautiful student work linked to each student's name on the list here below.
Andrea: artwork and information shared on her blog meant to raise an awareness of the contributions of women throughout history
Ashutosh: a TED-talk based on research connected to happiness and daily life
Braam: a self-made documentary about unhealthy versus balanced digital interactions
Chris: waste disposal in Bauleni
Clara: recipes and blog for sustainability in food
Cross: golf information systems
Deborah: struggles faced by girls in safe houses
Emma: social status and wealth in criminal cases
Florence: Eastern vs. Western ways of teaching math & combating stereotypes
Gulsher: website to raise awareness of fitness and health
Jeanne: a brochure to teach basic first aid techniques for local community members
Jordan: podcast on racism & racial inequalities
Joshua: computer-generated skate park design
Joy: Artivism: art meant to raise awareness of mental health & mental Illness
Leo: Self-created infographics meant to teach primary school-aged children about history
Lola: wrote a short story meant to raise awareness of Down's Syndrome and autism to help children like her cousin
Lovis: created a blog about Lusaka meant to help newcomers explore the city
McKenzie: created an independently programmed website to raise awareness of gender inequalities and discrimination females face in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Education, & Mathematics)
Mehdi: to enhance communication in the healthcare sector, Mehdi taught himself Flutter, a Google object-oriented programming language that aids in creating mobile apps with efficiency
Merle: crocheted a beanbag using secondhand clothes, in hopes of raising awareness of the fast fashion industry. Merle sought to inspire people to mitigate their fast fashion consumption for a more environmentally friendly approach.
Neelay: explored how music can be used to tell a story
Payton: created a social commentary mural on availability issues
Rachael: explored using art as social commentary to raise awareness of race and Black Lives Matter
Rohan: created a website to raise awareness of poaching issues in South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks
Sonji: created an adolescent mental health web comic and through this sought to improve her digital drawing skills
Thandi: designed a new athletic kit for AISL varsity basketball
Thelma: created musical jazz pieces based on remixing songs from Hamilton
Vivian: creating art to raise awareness of mental health
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