Grade 10 students at the Imagine International Academy of North Texas, a public tuition-free charter school in McKinney, presented their personal projects March 20 to the school and local community. IIA-NT, an IB World School, opened in 2012, currently offers K-10 grades, and will add a grade a year until the school is K-12.
In the final year of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (Grades 6-10) each student completes a personal project, a significant piece of work that is the product of the student’s own initiative and creativity. Students are expected to choose the project, which can take many forms, and take the process through to completion under the supervision of a teacher in the school. This involves planning, research, and a high degree of personal reflection. Grade 10 students at the school spent seven months planning, preparing, and carrying out this project of passion.
Examples of the work (along with student name) include:
Alee Domingue named her project ADHTeenagers: A Difference, not a Disorder. It included a video that has been picked up by both CHAAD and Dr. Lynn Honos-Webb, author on the topic of ADHD in young people.
Aaron Easaw created www.inc-ubator.co, a program designed to guide future entrepeneurs by providing legal and creative resources.
Scott Thomas started “The Tree” an organization service homeless youth through education. Ryan Kennard developed www.ignoranceharms.weebly.com, which addresses race awareness. Jennifer Eubank examined audism and studied American Sign Language.
Throughout the day, projects were displayed and the students presented their research and findings to guests. All the teachers and each grade level, K-9, had the opportunity to visit and learn from the older students. Parents, board members, and former teachers came by as well.
The Personal Project presentation will be an annual event at IIA-NT.