Tue Jun 13, Wed, Jun 14, Thu Jun 15, 2017

IPS Masterworks

Can a 14-year-old be expected to conduct a public presentation similar to a TED talk? IPS students have been doing so for over 15 years through a program called Masterworks.

Our middle school curriculum recognizes the importance of independent study.  Self-selected, self-directed, and self-presented, this Masterworks independent study project is compulsory for every Grade 9 student and marks a significant academic achievement at IPS. Successful completion of the project results in students gaining 4-credits toward their high school graduating program.

Masterworks projects include big, guiding questions such as, “What is peace?” and “How to make a positive difference in the world?”

2017 Masterworks Presentations

Date & Time Presentation Presenter Faculty advisor External Advisor(s)
June 13 9:00am Tasting the World: The Making of a Cookbook Hudson Stiver Laura Meager Park Hefflefinger, Jennifer Stamper
June 13 10:00am The Sound of My Music Chai Graham Adrian van Lidth de Jeude
Rob Bailey, Christian Venter
June 13 11:00am Behind the Magic Kallum Fraser Ted Spear Paul Hooson, John Malone
June 13 1:00pm Creating a Travel Blog Kate Honing Charlotte Paterson Amelia Thomas, Emmet Sparling
June 14 9:00am Electromagnetic Radiation in Medicine Quinn Cameron Pam Matthews Simon Bicknell
June 14 10:00am Culture and History of Skateboarding Cameron Purdy Adrian van Lidth de Jeude Alan Harrison
June 14 11:00am Purple: The Process of Telling Someone's Story Colleen Gibney-Treleaven Jennifer Henrichsen Sarah HaNina Windham, Nel Dumbrille-Meyrink,  Jesse Gotfrit
June 14 1:00pm Making my own Skis Jackson Baker Laura Meager John Chilton
June 15 9:00am From Road Bike to Racer Drake Nickle Jennifer Henrichsen Randy Levine, Peter Ryan
June 15 10:00am The Effect of Captivity on Dolphins Chloe Thompson Pam Matthews Kathy Heise
June 15 11:00am Changing the World One Bicycle at a time: My story with Bikes for Humanity Jackson Jones Ted Spear Michael Kirk, Danielle Allan
June 15 1:00pm The Making of a Soccer Nation Elliott Deveau Charlotte Paterson Stuart McGee, Morgan Quarry
academic achievement

Masterworks Project Requirements

The project requires that students:

+ Produce work that surpasses their previous accomplishments
+ Conduct in-depth research
+ Communicate their understanding to academic advisors and the general public in an oral presentation that also serves as a defense of their scholarly and creative pursuits
+ Critically reflect on input they receive throughout the school year by experts and mentors who serve as external committee members.

External Advisors

Students are mentored through the process by expert advisors—leaders in their respective fields—who act as external advisors.

Working collaboratively with IPS faculty, advisory committees guide Grade 9s through the Masterworks process that puts students at the centre of their learning and that provides a foundation for academic achievement.

Interested in becoming an external advisor? Contact us!

Project Topics

In past years, students have made documentary and animated films, created original works of art, written extensive research papers, written and published a novella, and built an actual boat.  These middle school activities and projects reflect the uniqueness and interests of our individual students.

We love the diversity of projects the students come up with and, while each project is unique, what is common among them is that a highly focused level of scholarship, academic inquiry, and creativity underpin original questions asked by our students about the world in which they live.  This diversity is reflected in our middle school curriculum.