The Grade 8 Community Project is a major activity for students to complete in year three (8th grade) of the MYP program at Pulaski International School of Chicago. Since Pulaski has been authorized to offer the program in three years and not partner with a high school, the IBO now requires a community project for 8th graders.
The community project focuses on community and service and gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in various communities and address those needs through service learning. As a consolidation of learning, the community project engages in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community. The community project is completed individually or in groups of a maximum of three students. The choice of the topic for the project is made in consultation with an IB teacher who has the responsibility for supervising the development of the project according to the Assessment Criteria (included in attached guide) which is based on International Baccalaureate Organization guidelines.
The aims of MYP projects are to encourage and enable students to:
participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
communicate effectively in a variety of situations
demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments
While this project may seem like quite a bit of work, we are confident the rewards will be even greater, both for you as a student and the community whose need you chose to address.