A CAS project is a collaborative, well-considered series of sequential CAS experiences, engaging students in one or more of the CAS strands of creativity, activity, and service. CAS students must be involved in at least one CAS project during their CAS program.
Recently, two Robinson students shared their CAS Projects with the Robinson community. Carolina Jiménez made a proposal to the Senate of Puerto Rico to change the Animal Protection Law to decrease the level of abandoned animals in the streets. Arianna Meléndez made an extension of her Personal Project taking photos of local beaches environment and fauna to provide evidence of the climate change in PR.
What is CAS?
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is a mandatory core component of the IB Diploma Program, which aims to provide a ‘counterbalance’ to the academic rigor of the IB educational program.
Here at Robinson, we believe that CAS is at the heart of the Diploma Program. With its holistic approach and promoting personal engagement, choice and enjoyment of CAS experiences, it is designed to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning from the PYP and MYP.
CAS is organized around the three strands of creativity, activity and service defined as follows:
• Creativity exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance
• Activity physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
• Service collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need.
CAS, the center of the Diploma Program
The three elements of the Diploma Program core (Theory of Knowledge, CAS and the Extended Essay) were introduced by the original curriculum designers of the Diploma Program as a way to educate the whole person. The core consists of three separate elements, but links and relationships are evident between them even if these links have not previously been clearly articulated.
As a shining beacon of our values, CAS enables students to demonstrate attributes of the IB learner profile in real and practical ways, to grow as unique individuals and to recognize their role in relation to others. Students develop skills, attitudes and dispositions through a variety of individual and group experiences that provide them with opportunities to explore their interests and express their passions, personalities and perspectives. CAS complements a challenging academic program in a holistic way, providing opportunities for self-determination, collaboration, accomplishment and enjoyment.
Source: CAS guide 2015