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Self-selected,

Self-directed.

2017

June 13 - 15

What is Masterworks? Join us in June 13, 14, 15,  2017!

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.

Self-selected, self-directed, and self-presented, the 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.

2017 MASTERWORKS PRESENTATIONS, June 13-15

Grade 9 students at IPS will be publicly presenting their projects  Tuesday – Thursday, from June 13-16, 2017 at Cates Hill Chapel on Bowen Island. The public is welcome to attend. Please join us.

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

What is 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.

Self-selected, self-directed, and self-presented, the 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.

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 Masterworksprocess that puts students at the centre of their learning.

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.

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. These are big guiding questions like, What is peace and how to make a positive difference in the world?

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