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IB CAS Projects

CAS is an opportunity for International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme candidates to apply the IB Learner Profile attributes and their academic knowledge to real-world learning experiences. It is organized around the three strands of creativity, activity and service defined as follows:

  • Creativity — exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance
  • Activity — physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
  • Service — collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need

Through CAS, IB students undertake and write reflections for a variety of CAS experiences and at least one CAS project. Here are some examples of CAS projects from the 2020–21 school year.

Music Composition

Summary by David Louie-Grover ’21

I composed my own piece of music and then performed it live. The process included first determining the details like style, time, length, etc. and then rehearsing the song, and finally performing it.


Lakeside Landing

Summary by Izzy Ritchie ’21

Lakeside Landing is a project to turn the parking lot on the corner of my street into a park where adults and children can play, eat lunch and enjoy the space. My goal is to leave a lasting physical contribution to my neighborhood before I go off to college, and this is the perfect outlet. I will be helping clear out the space, clean it, plant greenery and make it into a space for children to play. The organizers, knowing I am artistic, have proposed that I paint murals and add decorative touches. To address the global issue of climate change, my design will consider the ecological effects of pollution on sea life while integrating an ocean theme. I am willing to dedicate the time required to make Lakeside Landing a welcoming community space, and I know I will become friends with more of my neighbors and make a real difference for all the people who use the park in future years.

Virtual Science Fair

Summary by Gabi Guido ’21’17 and Kate Baker ’21’17

We hosted a science fair for Convent Elementary students with demonstrations and experiments in each of the major science fields. We hope to inspire young girls to explore and become more engaged in the STEM fields. We have both been at the school K–12, so we felt inspired to help spark an interest in STEM for the younger kids in our community. Through our CAS project science fair, we encouraged girls in Grades 5–8 to explore everything the science world has to offer. By piquing their interest in science, we hope to show them how science permeates every aspect of their lives through chemistry, physics, psychology, biology and more. Due to COVID, this science fair was held online, and can be viewed here.

Sacred Heart Agamograph

Summary by Mattheus Tellini ’21’17

For my CAS Project I created an agamograph, which is a form of art that combines two pieces into one. Essentially, the structure of an agamograph is a canvas with jagged ridges that make a 3D zig-zag pattern. The first art piece is cut into thin strips and pasted onto the ridges that point one direction, and the second art piece is cut into thin strips and pasted onto the ridges that point in the opposite direction. Depending on which side of the agamograph the viewer stands, they will see either the first work of art or the second. This art form is fascinating because it allows an artmaker to combine two paintings/drawings into one art piece. For my project I digitally illustrated a picture of the Pine-Octavia campus with symbols that describe our building's history (its connection to Japantown and World War II) in the background. I did the same for the Flood Mansion and added symbols describing its history (the 1906 earthquake and RSCJ). The goal of this agamograph is to show the different histories and unique identities of the two divisions in the same art piece.

Convent & Stuart Hall
1 Minute Play Project

Summary by Peter Wolfe ’21’17

The 1 Minute Play Project is a theater project in which students from throughout the school submit super short plays that will be compiled/produced into a show for everyone to see. I acted as the co-organizer and director of the production. I led rehearsals with a group of committed actors, eventually bringing over 20 one-minute plays to life. I also wrote and submitted a script of my own.

Community Bench

Summary by Ella Holliday ’21 and Beimnet Lesanework ’21’17

The focus of this project is to create a senior bench that displays the events that have occurred in 2020. This year, important aspects of senior life, like socializing and making important memories, have been taken by COVID-19. The bench is meant to give the seniors recognition for their place in these unprecedented times, while also showcasing what 2020 has been like for us. We are going to place the bench outside our local community supermarket, Mayflower, because our high school community has always valued and cherished the market's welcoming atmosphere during lunch time.

Learning and Performing Mozart with Two Pianos

Summary by Oliver Whalen ’21’17

I learned Mozart's "Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major (K. 482)" and performed it with my piano teacher as the accompanist. Once I learned my part and we rehearsed the piece together, we made a recording of the piece and shared it with the school community.


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