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IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) Community Project

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Community Project

IB Middle Years Programme students from around the world embark on a project at the end of their MYP experience. At PB Middle, the IB Community Project at PB Middle is completed by all 8th graders.

IB Community Project - You will:
1) explore your right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community
2) have an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in your communities and address those needs through completing a service learning project
3) engage in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community
4) work alone or complete project in a group of no more than three students

Get started...

Read the Community Project Guide (see Project Documents page)

Sign up NOW for the "8th grade Classroom" (google classroom online, see teachers for code)

INVESTIGATE - Start with a question!!! Talk to everyone you know!!!

"I might be thinking about ____________. Do you know anything about ____________? Have you every experienced ________________? What do you think about _____________"

OR Think of it this way:
1) Go shopping for a topic, issue or project - "try it on" - you never just go grab pants and buy them. You narrow to your style and size and then you try them on. If they don't fit,
you go grab more and try them on. You keep shopping. The more you try on, the more likely they are to fit better and be exactly what you want.
2) OR go topic swimming. Jump in and start looking around. What do you see when you are swimming around? What do you bump into? The longer you swim around, the
more likely you are to see something that really interests you. If you stay in the shallow water, you're probably not going to see something cool. Dive down, deep into the topic or
issue to find something unique.

Think about issues or topics that spark your interest.

  • If you skateboard, what are needs in the skateboaring community? What are problems skaters encounter? What needs to be done to help the community? What do skaters need? How can you work toward a solution?
  • If you are interested in saving the earth and you noticed a lot of paper being wasted in classes, what could your team do about it? What could be a possible solution?
  • If you are bothered by how much food is wasted at lunch, what can you do about it? How can you find a solution to the problem?
  • If you like nature and hiking, identify a problem that needs to be studied such as invasive species in Rose Canyon. Is there data that needs to be collected to prove a problem? What is a solution to lack of data?
  • If you like horses, what is a need in the horse community? What can you do for abandoned horses?
  • If you like surfing, can you create a new type of board for someone who doesn't have use of his/her legs? How can you keep toxic chemicals from boards out of our landfill?
  • If you like music, how can you use your talents to help, educate, or entertain others?

Next steps for research:

  • What organizations are already working on issues that are important to you? How can you help the organization of your choice? What do they need?
  • What has already been done or attempted?SW
  • What communities are affected? (local, state, national, or global)
  • What communities might benefit from or be able to help with our project?
  • What do we think we know about the problem?
  • What has been done already?
  • What has worked? What has failed? Why?
  • What do experts know already?
  • What do we need to know?
  • What research or data is missing?
  • Can you design an investigation in order gather, organize and share original data? NOTE: If data is missing, maybe collecting relevant, current data can be your project.

ADVISORY Set-up a process journal using Google.docs. Share journal with your team and your advisor. You are required to meet and discuss your project with your Advisor at least three times. Use the "Academic Honesty" form to record at least three meeting summaries in your process journa to document your meetings.

TEAMS
Even if your team happens to be in the same advisory, you will still need to set-up time to work with your team at lunch or afterschool. IB estimates the Community Project requires approximately 20 hours of dedication and commitment. Teams have priority to meet at the round tables outside the Builders Club/IB Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch, remember to eat first.

GET HELP @ Take Action Tuesdays - Lunchtime in the upstairs Media Center Library, Builders Club/IB Office

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