Conant Elementary is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school for kindergarten through 4th grade in the Primary Years Programme (PYP). An important part of this program is becoming knowledgeable about the world in order to determine what individuals can do to make meaningful contributions to our local and global communities. Exhibition is the PYP capstone experience, during which 4th grade students take responsibility for the design, organization, and successful completion of an in-depth inquiry project. Students reflect on global issues to find their passion, and work collaboratively to develop their own units of study to explore, prepare multimedia presentations to share with the public, and take action to make this world a better place.
The list of class inquiries this year include: bullying, water pollution, homelessness, distracted driving, smoking/vaping, Leukemia, Pediatric Brain Cancer, Women’s Rights, and endangered animals such as the Red Wolf, Black-Footed Ferret, and the Canadian Lynx.
Conant student, Baird George, shares about their group’s action project to help the endangered black-footed ferret, “We made cootie catchers which is an origami fortune teller used in children’s game. However, instead of fortunes we wrote facts about the black-foot ferret. We sold them for $1 each at recess. Our goal was to raise $180, and we raised $270! We donated the money to the American Ferret Association.” Mirabelle Boivin adds, “After learning about these global issues we are inspired to act and change our behavior. We volunteered at homeless shelters, we donated toys to children with cancer and put together care packages, we took pledges to stop bullying, we tried to walk or ride our bikes over driving to help with global warming, created posters to hang at the middle schools to prevent smoking and vaping, and there was even more. It felt good that we could make a difference!”