This year saw the introduction of an exciting new opportunity for the Year 10s – a pilot program consisting of a group investigation to resolve a real-life problem. In the final week of Term 3 students were introduced to this problem: Australia is currently ranked #38 in the world in sustainability. To what extent can Australia improve its ranking to #1 in the next five years?
The scene was set after a stimulating address presented by Maggie Muurmanns, Research Fellow & PhD candidate from Griffith University's Climate Change Response Program. Students in their groups of six, then chose a UN Sustainability Goal to research and investigate in-depth. Staff delivered presentations on background ideas, how to research effectively, work in teams and the Pecha Kucha format they would be using to create their pitch to their peers and invited guests. After some astute research and thorough planning and preparation each group recorded their Pecha Kucha (Japanese presentation format with 20 chosen images, each with 20 seconds of commentary).
A random selection of final presentations were shown to the students. Then group members vigorously and convincingly defended their ideas against the audience's critique. Feedback from students on the week include: "it was a lot of fun!", "we got to know new people we hadn't talked to before" and "doing the research meant we had to really think about which goal Australia should focus on so that the other goals would also fall into place".
The program was a successful preparation for the students' future individual research; their 4000 word Extended Essay, which they will begin next year as an important part of their IB Diploma. Unlocking their passion through this research or during their CAS journey will make the EE a powerful motivating project and something that may shape their future career directions.
View a snapshot of the CIA presentation and Q&A session below:
Ms Christine Hammerton