Year 10 students at Preshil celebrated the end of their personal project journey on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th August with the Personal Project Exhibition. This was the culmination of nine months of work and is a fundamental component of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP).
The MYP personal project is a student-centred practical exploration in which students choose an area of interest to research and to develop a product over an extended period of time. They are assisted in this process by a supervisor from the school and are required to record the progress of their project in a process journal. Ultimately students complete an assessable report of 1500-3500 words which details their learning journey.
This year’s students are the first group to complete the project and so were very much the trailblazers, paving the way for students of future years who will now have the benefit of seeing what has gone before to build on. They have created a great foundation for future growth and should be collectively proud of their efforts.
The range of personal projects was astounding, with topics and products like the following:
Reprogramming a Tesla car to be controlled by an app; creating a kit for young people diagnosed with scoliosis; various musical compositions; reflections on overseas trips and experiences; building drone racers and competing in the Australian Drone Nationals (and coming 3rd!); writing short stories; researching the history of institutionalisation in the mental health sector in Australia; developing a device to measure the levels of hard-to-reach dams in a farm setting; designing sustainable swimwear; researching cyber-crime and creating a short documentary; producing a family cook book; writing an 88 page screenplay about WWII prisoners of war (for ultimate submission to The Black List, an annual survey of the ‘most liked’ motion picture screenplays not yet produced); and designing a range of clothing for dogs…and many more!
The Personal Project Exhibition is an opportunity for students to showcase all their hard work. It was a great success with students enthusiastically setting up displays to encourage conversations about their research; it was wonderful to hear them talk with such passion and maturity, identifying the challenges they faced and explaining how they overcame them.
On behalf of the Preshil community, I’d like to extend heartfelt congratulations to our Year 10 students on their hard work, perseverance and dedication to the project.