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Senior Project: Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) Learning

Guide to the research process required to complete the WSA Senior Project.

Creativity, Activity and Service Learning for the Senior Project

The work done for the Senior Project can apply toward the CAS requirements of a non-IB Diploma Programme student or a student not intending to earn the IB CAS certificate.  The eight learning outcomes for CAS will form the basis of assessment for the Senior Project. An IB Diploma Programme Candidate or one intending to apply for an IB CAS certificate may not use their EE or senior project work to fulfill the IB CAS requirements.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of their CAS experience as a whole, including their reflections, there should be evidence that students have:

  • Increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth

They are able to see themselves as individuals with various skills and abilities, some more developed than others, and understand that they can make choices about how they wish to move forward.

  • Undertaken new challenges

A new challenge may be an unfamiliar activity, or an extension to an existing one.

  • Planned and initiated activities

Planning and initiation will often be in collaboration with others. It can be shown in activities that are part of larger projects, for example, ongoing school activities in the local community, as well as in small student-led activities.

  • Worked collaboratively with others

Collaboration can be shown in many different activities, such as team sports, playing music in a band, or helping in a kindergarten. At least one project, involving collaboration and the integration of at least two of creativity, action and service, is required.

  • Shown perseverance and commitment in their activities

At a minimum, this implies attending regularly and accepting a share of the responsibility for dealing with problems that arise in the course of activities.

  • Engaged with issues of global importance

Students may be involved in international projects but there are many global issues that can be acted upon locally or nationally (for example, environmental concerns, caring for the elderly).

  • Considered the ethical implications of their actions

Ethical decisions arise in almost any CAS activity (for example, on the sports field, in musical composition, in relationships with others involved in service activities). Evidence of thinking about ethical issues can be shown in various ways, including journal entries and conversations with CAS advisers.

Developed new skills

As with new challenges, new skills may be shown in activities that the student has not previously undertaken, or in increased expertise in an established area.


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