Bloomfield Hills High School sophomore students participated in MYP Personal Project Celebration Night on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
MYP Presentations Empower 10th Grade BHHS Students to Take Action
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate programme at Bloomfield Hills High School culminates with a Personal Project for all 10th grade students. From 6th through 10th grade, all Bloomfield Hills Schools students participate in the Middle Years Programme, which aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others, and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.
This goal is particularly visible in the MYP Project Presentations, where BHHS students showcase their hard work from throughout the school year. The personal project provides an excellent opportunity for students to produce a truly personal and often creative product or outcome. Students are empowered to choose a project that is meaningful to them, and during the Personal Project Celebration Night, all of the 10th graders’ hard work is displayed in the BHHS Main Commons, Main Street, and the Gymnasium. From testing lake water PH, to designing and programming a robot, to learning a new instrument, to creating a rain water-powered generator, to coaching and teaching younger students in a variety of ways, BHHS 10th grade students share not only their learning, but their passion to improve the world in which we live.
Sophomore Chanon Stringer shares, “I wanted to do this on global warming, because it’s such a huge issue. I don’t want the problem to get so big that we won’t be able to solve it for future generations. We need to get our earth in shape! The experience of the MYP Project was a long process, and I’m glad that I did it, because I want to bring the problem of global warming and climate change to light.”
Michael Chen, a member of the BHHS Robotics team, used the project as an opportunity to delve more deeply into the world of programming. Chen explains, “This is a swerve drive, also called a holonomic drive, which means it can drive in any direction. My project was to program it.”
Naveena Bains already has career goals, and used the project as a way to learn more about the potential field: “When I’m older, I want to become a medical examiner. So my project is to prove that a 3D model in court will be better than 2D images. I’ve talked to many people in the criminal justice force, and they agree with me. In the courtroom, images are very hard to show because of how gory they can be. 3D models are so much better, and they don’t have to show as much gore.”
Ellie Padelsky, whose project was called “The Family Book Club,” centers on the concept of all members of a family reading the same book, to then spark family conversations. “I think the thing that inspired me the most was spending more time with my family, and getting that into the community.”
Jaanaki Radhakrishnan reflects, “I think that the Personal Project is a great way for students to take something that they’re passionate about, and act on it. I’m really motivated when it comes to education, and to equal education, and this project gave me the time and the resources to be able to do something about it. I designed the curriculum for a four week STEM program for a school in rural India. I did it because the students were not getting the critical thinking skills, the problem solving skills, or the creative outlets that they needed, and this was the best way to give them that.”
The goal of the Middle Years Programme to develop creative, critical and reflective thinkers is beautifully evident in the BHHS Personal Project Celebration Night. Congratulations to the 10th graders who shared their thinking and took action through their projects to improve their local and global communities!