For Diploma students, you may have heard the term CAS Project before in discussions about CAS. But what exactly is this project and what is required? Today we'll be diving into how to tackle the CAS project, how to plan, and some ideas to start with!
Introducing: the CAS Project
The CAS Project is a project that will be submitted as part of your CAS portfolio and have its own separate reflections. In addition, while the CAS experiences are individual, the CAS project must be completed in a group of up to 3 students. These students do not need be IB Diploma or Certificate students, so you can work with any of your classmates and friends on this! As you can see, you're allowed a great extent of freedom on this project, and inspiration can come from just about anywhere!
The Basics of the Project
The requirements for the CAS project are that it must be an activity that the student initiates themselves and that can be passed on to the next generation of students and last multiple years. The IB wants to see that you are actively engaged and challenging yourself while also leaving a lasting impact and legacy on your community. When reflecting on your CAS project in your CAS portfolio (Google Site), make sure that you are discussing what your project was, how it challenged you, your process in planning and organizing the project, and how it has impacted you personally. Keep in mind that these reflections don't always need to be written text, either: you can also record a video reflection or create something visual that also explains your activity or project. As long as your reflection demonstrates your process and the impact it had on you as a learner, you're golden!
Examples of CAS Projects
Now, you might be thinking; that sounds good and peachy, but how and where do I start? Here are some example CAS projects I've heard of that can help springboard some ideas:
Hopefully this article has helped you get an idea of what the CAS Project is and what is considered within the parameters of the project. If you having trouble deciding on an idea, bring it back to the three parts of CAS: Creativity, Activity, and Service. Maybe you love playing a specific instrument and you can use that to base your project on creativity, or you're an athlete and you could start a local youth tournament in your community. There are many ways to tackle this, and the possibilities are nearly endless! As long as you're not getting paid or graded for it and your project has meaning to you, go with your gut and initiate something unique! For any concerns or questions about the CAS Project, leave us a comment below and we'll respond! Also, don't forget to visit the IB Organization's guide to the CAS Project for more information. Keep an eye out for our future articles about CAS: until next time, IB family!
By Canon Pham
Canon Pham is an IB Diploma Candidate and Senior at Glen A. Wilson High School who is passionate about using her voice to raise awareness of important issues and build community among like-minded people. After her first semester of Junior year, she started the IB Student Chronicle to help provide more information about the IB experience for prospective and first-year IB Diploma Candidates. She also writes for The Teen Magazine, tutors with Reading Partners, holds several leadership positions at school, and plays varsity tennis. Canon enjoys spending time with her two younger siblings, her adorable puppy dog, and her incredible group of friends.