My Atlantic High School IB Personal Project
This project was assigned at the end of freshman year in high school and had 8 months to complete it.
Here’s a quick summary of what a Personal Project is about:
The main goal for the IB program is to ‘develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect’. In simpler terms, the IB program wants to create a well-rounded student and it encourages them to help out with their community to create a better place for everyone.
Students are allowed to create, learn, teach, research, (etc) anything they could dream up. For example I have a friend who did a research paper on Lionfish. Another friend simply built a wheelie chair. One is helping disadvantaged teens learn how to write poems and how to express their feelings. This assignment is broad, giving us opportunities to be creative and unique with our choices. Along with the project we complete a comprehensive written report that includes details about our investigation, planning, and the action steps taken during the project completion. Students must record journal entries of the process each step of the way and meet with their assigned supervisor at scheduled times to review all work. The final project is given a grade.
There is also a Personal Project Showcase where all completed projects are on display. Each student must also create a display board detailing key elements and points of the project. All parents and the new freshmen class, who are just starting the project, are invited to the Showcase to look around, get ideas, and get inspired.
My name is Andrew Cassidy. I am 16 years old and have lived in Delray Beach my entire life. I have one brother (who graduated from the Atlantic IB program) who is a Freshman at FSU. A few of my interests include sports, comedy, and photography.