Ada Merritt K-8 Center
What is the 8th Grade
The MYP Research Project is a great opportunity to:
learn about a topic that interests you
apply the skills you have developed while participating in
the Middle Years Programme at Ada Merritt K-8 Center in
all your subjects and through Approaches to Learning
develop and showcase talents and interests that you may
have and apply them to a chosen goal
apply your knowledge of the Design Cycle
Your Research Project should also clearly focus on an
issue or theme closely related to one of the Areas of
What your 8th Grade
Research Project should be:
have a clear and achievable goal
allow you to express a truly personal message
be the result of your initiative, creativity, and ability to
organize and plan
reflect your special interests, hobbies, special
abilities, or concerns about particular issues
deal with a topic or area to which you are committed
and which has an impact on life, society, and/or the
be entirely your own work—authenticity is very
important and you will be required to sign a
document stating that the project is your own work.
What your 8th Grade Research
Project should not be:
a group project
an all-consuming project taking over your whole
personal and social life
an interference with your studies, even though it will
involve many hours of work
anything that does not truly reflect your own work,
values, interests and/or concerns
How will it be graded?
Your project will be graded using the Technology
The various phases of the Design Cycle will each receive
Your final product, personal statement and presentation
will be evaluated using a project rubric
All components of the project will be required to qualify
for the Ada Merritt K-8 Center IB Certificate and Pin.
You will receive guidance and support during your
technology /gifted classes to ensure that your project has
all the required components.
What type of project can you
Depending on your goal, at the conclusion of your
research, your product may be:
an original work of art (for example, visual, dramatic or
a written piece of work on a special topic (for example,
literary, social, psychological or anthropological)
a piece of literary fiction (for example, creative writing)
an original science experiment
an invention or specially designed object or system
the presentation of a developed business, management,
or organizational plan, or the development of a new
student or community organization.
What are the required components of
the 8th Grade Research Project?
A Design Folder detailing your work
through all the phases of the Design Cycle
A presentation of the project with visual
A personal statement
Remember: All components will be required to qualify for the Ada
Merritt K-8 Center IB Certificate and Pin.
The Personal Statement:
A Cover/Title Page
A Table of contents
An Introduction: the focus of your project with a
link to an Area of Interaction
A Rationale: why you chose this project
An Overview: the process you followed to
complete this project
A Conclusion: reflecting on the process, the
product and its impact on life, society, and/or the
Appendices: any additional documents, charts,
etc. needed to further explain your project.
Eighth Grade Research Project 2012-2013
Brainstorm topics, propose 3 options 10/16
Revisions and Conferencing 10/17-12/21
Submit a final proposal 1/10/2013
Third Grading Period:
Fourth Grading Period:
MYP Tech Fair
Enjoy this opportunity to:
• learn more about yourself and a
topic that interests you
• show off your knowledge,
skills, and talents!
Ada Merritt K-8 Center
What is the guiding question you want to pursue?
What do you think might be the answer to that
What do you have to do to check whether your
hypothesis/thesis is correct?
How much time do you expect to need to do these
things? To analyze them? To present your analysis?
What do you expect to accomplish during class?
Which Area of Interaction (besides Approaches to
Learning) does your project specifically address?
Specific -What exactly do you seek to accomplish with this
project? What knowledge will you have acquired by the end of the
quarter, and what product will you have created?
Measurable -How will you know you have accomplished your
goal? Attach a rubric that you will use to evaluate your finished
product. The criteria should reflect application of your personal
learning goals for this project.
Area of Interaction -Describe a clear and appropriate connection to
an Area of Interaction that will help you to focus your work and
perspective on the issue.
Realistic -Is the project of an appropriate scope ? Can it be
completed within those constraints?
Timely -How will you manage your time during this quarter in order to
complete the project you have selected?
Create a visual presentation that can be used at
our upcoming Technology Fair to display and
explain your culminating project. Explain:
Your topic and why you chose it
Your academic goals and how this project
The process you followed to complete this
project, including your use of the Design Cycle