Masterworks 2024

5 Fun Facts About Masterworks 

1. Two Words: Ted Talk – Can a 14-year-old be expected to conduct a public presentation similar to a TED talk? Absolutely! Our school students have been doing so for 27 years through Masterworks.
2. Self-directed, Self-selected and Self-presented, this Masterworks independent study project marks a significant academic achievement at IPS.
3. A Graduation Milestone – The Masterworks independent study project is compulsory for every grade 9 student to complete as a graduation milestone at Island Pacific School.

4. Expert Support – Students are mentored through the process by expert advisors – leaders in their respective fields – who act as external advisors. Working collaboratively with Island Pacific faculty, advisory committees guide Grade 9’s through the Masterworks process which provides a foundation for academic achievement
5. Project Diversity – we love the diversity of projects the students come up with. 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!
Date & TimePresenterPresentationFaculty AdvisorExternal Advisor
June 10
9:00 am
Zenin YouckFreestyle FilmingScott HerringtonPeter Stathis, Ben Lynch, Angelo Daniele
June 10
10:00 am
Atom BrookeAracnoSapien: The Adventure of Game DevelopmentJennifer HenrichsenPeter Cellik
June 10
11:00 am
Alex GolasovskyFrom Rags to Runway: The Power of UpcyclingSophie Hocking
June 10
1:00 pm
Charlotte BryantThrough My LensSophie HockingDebra Stringfellow
June 11
9:00 am
Beatrice RoseOur Responsibility: Marine Mammal Rescue and RehabilitationPam MatthewsVictoria Brims, Cassandra Girdlestone
June 11
10:00 am
Abigail FlorendoThe Mind of a Killer: The Psychology of Serial KillersKari MarintetteBrian Thomas-Peter
June 11
11:00 am
Ben SarukDesigning our WorldAdrian van Lidth de Jeude
Don Gurney
June 11
1:00 pm
Leo SzaboBizzR Threads: Starting a Tshirt Printing BusinessAmanda SzaboMike Woodworth
June 11
2:00 pm
Lleyton WoodworthAn Evaluation of Extended Reality in the ClassroomJennifer HenrichsenScott Michaels
June 12
9:00 am
Lukas Musselman - VandersteltThe Future of AviationPam MatthewsJay Musselman
June 12
10:00 am
Kate ParkerFrom Sketch to Screen: Creating a 2D animationJennifer HenrichsenJeff White , Amy Sendon
June 12
11:00 am
Leif PeterssonShipwrecked; a Journey of Making a Board GameAdrian van Lidth de JeudeDarren Edmundson, Joe Slack
June 12
1:00 pm
Zoe RoseThe CABG Cookbook: An Introduction to Cardiac SurgeryKari MarintetteRosalind Groenewoud
June 13
9:00 am
Stephanie McBurneyPeople after Pandemics: How Pandemics have Influenced SocietiesKari MarintetteDr Jake Onrot
June 13
10:00 am
Arjun BristoweFootball OverseasAmanda SzaboMorgan Quarry
June 13
11:00 am
Arabelle RicherDoggie Dress-UpAmanda SzaboDenise Jones-Chu
June 13
1:00 pm
Adam WoolcombeForging Ahead: How to Weaponize your CreativityScott HerringtonIishan Cruz

Masterworks Program 2023

Questions about our livestream? Contact Scott Herrington scott.herrington@islandpacific.org

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.