B. From a PYP Coordinator’s PerspectiveThinking about ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’, our theme for this year’s PYP Exhibition, causesme to wonder just how we have managed to arrive in this same place in what feels like such a shorttime. Last year’s Exhibition seems to have only just finished and yet here we are again. It’s good tobe reminded then, that this time of the year is quite an exhilarating time and definitely something tolook forward to for students and teachers.Once again the 8th floor corridor is an exciting place to be, abuzz with thesounds of busyness. Teachers have genuinely taken on the role of facilitators, asstudents work in collaborative groups supporting and challenging each other.The real work behind the Exhibition is happening now, a week out from thescheduled date, as groups begin to organise and sort their data, with the aim ofdrawing conclusions and developing new understandings to share. The‘pressure’ of speaking with knowledge and understanding to an authenticaudience is the catalyst for a full commitment from all students.It is heartening to witness authentic learning happening in a comfortable,supportive environment. Students are taking risks in their learning, usingcreative, logical and reflective thinking, demonstrating a range oftransdisciplinary skills and personal attributes, and using each others’ strengthsto their advantage.As the summative assessment of their entire journey through the Primary Years Programme, theExhibition reflects each and every child as a learner. There is no doubt the Exhibition brings out thevery best in students and we see them show their real potential. It is a learning journey for them and anauthentic ‘report card’ for parents. Parents, and also future teachers who visit the Exhibition, will seeeach student’s capability as a learner: their conceptual knowledge and understanding, their ability tocommunicate effectively, their problem solving skills, their presentation skills, their vocabulary, theirconfidence ....... and so it goes on.As the culmination of the knowledge, skills, attitudes and attributes developed over the course of eachchild’s time at CDNIS, thanks are extended not just to the teachers in Grade Six but to all teacherswho have been responsible for these students throughout their schooling so far.Congratulations to the Grade Six students for their enthusiasm as they have been engaged in thisprocess and all teachers responsible for helping them to be the learners they present as today. All aresure to be AMAZED!Pauline Dooletté-CoxPYP Coordinator
C. A student response to the transdisciplinary theme: Where We Are in Place and TimeI welcome you all to this Exhibition and thank each and every one of you for being here to witnessa moment. This is the moment. This is a memory that will forever be locked in your minds. This isa moment that is so precious, because you all know that it will never come back again. Ever. Amoment of time. A moment that will pass as soon as it has come.Moments are easy to miss; but so hard to capture. One will not notice that they have used andwasted a moment - a fragment, an element, a piece of time. Moments are precious things that wehold dear to our hearts. Or, perhaps this is meaningless to you. You do not care for these momentsand continually waste them. You should treasure these moments. Time is a thing that comes andgoes and never looks back, like a ghost, slowly fading before your blank eyes - you’re not awarethat it’s there, but when it’s gone, it is already too late.Moments are merely dust particles compared to time, just as a drop of water is to the PacificOcean. You may think that time passes so slowly, so achingly slow; how the seconds so slowlypass into minutes, tick, tick, and tick; into hours, the 24 that make upa day; days turn into weeks, months, years of history. Time is sofoggy and hazy that we do not know it. Time merely gives us a cool,quick kiss on the cheek that evaporates as soon as it is there. As itfades away before we know it, years have passed and the oncebrilliant shine of richly coloured hair on your head is now turninggrey, to white.Remember when you were younger? Remember that you had, not anEmail account but a letter sent to you? Remember how you woulduse your pen to write letters to overseas friends, excited by theprospect of receiving return mail, not moments but a few weekslater? You may still recall watching black and white television, orstooping down to listen to the old radio. You may still recall playingchess not against a computer, but against your neighbour from acrossthe street. Think about that now. It still remains a fragment of yourtime, but a fragment permanently engraved into your memory alongwith thoughts of how the past was so different from nowadays, how it used to be so good.Time passes so quickly that once you turn your head, something has already changed. Years turninto decades, decades turn into centuries, centuries turn into hundreds of years of history,forevermore growing thicker, thicker, and thicker, as the past slowly retreats to the back of yourminds, though never entirely.Our ancestors would write on bamboo, as they slowly engraved tales and happenings, word byword. Or maybe your ancestors were different. Maybe they would write on parchment with inkand quill pens. Or maybe they had unwritten languages, represented by paintings, drawings, oreven colourful combinations of thread, clothing, and beads.Remember how every kingdom thought they were in the middle of the world? Remember how
people used to think the earth was flat? We now laugh at their once “true” philosophies. Individualpeople used to be like that too. More than 1500 years ago, a famous physician assumed that allanimals had the same body as humans. For more than 1500 years, people assumed that humans,like pigs, had the same intestine. It was not until lately did we know the truth: humans areobviously different from animals. What we think and think we know now could possibly be thelaughingstock of the people of the future. Remember how you would think differently and behavedifferently during different stages of your life? That is change.Different people have different points of view. They view things differently, from different angles.Or maybe, people viewed the same situation differently, even if they were at the same time. Why?They were probably of different thinking, different culture, tradition, religion, belief, andphilosophy. Maybe they were of different origin; different nationality, race, tribe, not Christian,but maybe Catholic, Buddhist, Muslim, Taoist, Sikh, or Jewish. Or maybe not any at all, maybeAtheist or some other religion.Maybe the place they lived was different. Place is important as it can heavily influence thethinking of people. What if you lived in North Korea, or the once Soviet Union, Russia? Or China,back in the times of Mao Zedong, 50 years ago? Those were Communist countries. People feltstripped of their freedom. Or perhaps you live here, in Hong Kong, right now, or in NorthAmerica. You are free people - you have freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of youropinion. Perhaps those people living in Communist countries felt restrained, trapped, anduncomfortable. They might’ve had the same opinion as you, only they were forced to think and actin another way, due to unjust and unfair treatment, perhaps due to complicated politics, allies, andselfish leaders.Maybe your family was once put into concentration camps that forced people to think the wayothers would want you to think. Maybe other countries such as Canada allowed their people toroam freely, think, say, and write what they wanted to write. Maybe they were - free. Maybepeople thought differently due to different politicians, maybe it was due to the environment orchildhood experiences.You may have all heard of the current issue regarding Syria’s conflict. It is war, violence, anger,and dispute. Russia is helping Syria’s president to supply his side with weapons, bombs, andmilitary force, while the civilians watch in terror and suffer. Maybe Bashar al-Assad’s allies,friends, and supporters think that he is right, fighting his own country. Maybe it is our opinion thatit is inhumane, a sign of an irresponsible president destroying himself, literally. One cannotimagine the leader of a country destroying his own people.No matter where we are, or what time we are in, we are all humans but we all think differently.Perhaps it is because of our generation, perhaps due to our personal profile, perhaps because ofwhere we come from. We are all different.I know about the people from a long time ago; they are different from us now. I can sense thepeople of the future; they will think differently. The world is divided into many regions; these aresimilar to the boundaries of thinking, in a way. People are different, because of who they are.People are different, because they are from different places and different times. People aredifferent, because they simply are. And doesn’t that make the world an interesting place for us allto appreciate.-Joanne Liu, Grade 6
1. Russell Christo, Jackie Chan, Clifford Chan and Souichiro HimuroThe shock we felt learning how SARS could spread so quickly and kill so many people motivatedus to learn about other major diseases and to discover the impact they made on the world. Wewere curious to uncover the secrets about preventing the diseases.The research we did included four different pandemics and epidemics: SARS, AIDS, malariaand the bubonic plague. These major diseases were devastating and some are still happeningright now!Jackie, Clifford, Russell and SouichiroThe concepts our group has chosen to investigate are form and change. We chose form becausewe felt we needed to understand the diseases themselves. We selected change because wewanted to learn the changes in the ways that people and societies have reacted to thesediseases over time and how this knowledge can help us to be prepared and protected from thesetypes of diseases in the future.The action we will perform is that we will teach younger students about different diseases andthe way they affect humanity. We will also teach them a lesson on hygiene and why it is soimportant, and try to make them understand that we can never predict when a disease is goingto come.
2. Yu Han Tang, Nicole Chau, William Harris and Joanne LiuAs a group, we believe it is important to know about diseases pandemics that have happened inthe past or are happening now, and how they can be prevented through our actions. We arefocusing on the four disease pandemics: The Black Death/Bubonic Plague, Tuberculosis, SARSand the Avian Influenza (H1N1 and H7N9).Through this investigation, we want to find out about how disease pandemics have impacted ourlives today, how medical technology has affected them, and how we can prevent them. We areinterested in how both past and current diseases have impacted the world and our daily lives.We hope our audience will leave our booth with new knowledge about disease pandemics, andknow that no matter when the diseases have happened, they are still affecting us. We wouldalso like them to be more aware of personal hygiene and preventing the viruses.Yu Han Tang, Nicole Chau, William Harris and Joanne LiuThrough this investigation, we will be focusing on the key concepts change and connection, withthe related concepts health, impact and technology. By being honest, we hope to develop one ofour main attitudes, integrity, and by communicating through an open-minded perspective duringthe investigation, we hope to also develop cooperation. With the knowledge we have aboutdisease pandemics, we will take action by educating people about good sanitation and personalhygiene by posting information posters throughout the CDNIS building.
3. Sara Tobias, Chun Wai Leung, Arthur Tsang and Colin HuangOur group inquired into the discovery of man-made materials. We chose this area of focusbecause we were curious about the different types of materials in the world and how theyaffect our lives. We have each chosen a specific area and have made them all come together asone, to prove our central idea. There are many major issues concerning the use of man-madematerials. This is another reason why we selected this inquiry, because we wanted to know howit has changed our world.These issues of how man-made materials have impacted lifestyles, the positive and negativeconsequences of using them, and how the attitudes towards them have changed, have beenoccurring for years in our lives.The concepts we chose are change and perspective. We wish to develop further understandingof these relevant concepts by carrying out this investigation.We plan to develop the attitudes of cooperation and appreciation throughout this journey ofthe exhibition. We can do this if we use our best efforts and strive to meet the expectations,as the attitudes will be crucial if we want a result we are proud of.One possible action we are considering is to take part in a beach clean up. This is due to manybeaches in Hong Kong that are often polluted with plastic. We also hope that by educating ouraudience, we can inspire them to take action as well.
4. Jeffy Leung, Michael Chan, Branson Fok and Nicole RobinsonThe purpose of this investigation is to share how the needs of humankind have influenced thedevelopment of plastics and metals. We’re interested in this because there are issues regardingplastics and metals that we are concerned about, and we also want to look at how people lived inthe past without plastic and metal.Our central idea is ‘Discoveries can lead to change’, and we wanted to find out how that appliesto these two resources. This is relevant to the world because our investigation is about thecontinual development of plastics and metals, how humans use plastics and metals, and lastly howthese materials impact the environment and us.We hope that people will learn how plastics and metals affect the environment and us, and whatpeople can do to take action. We also want to help people learn how to reuse, reduce and recyclethese materials.The concepts we will explore in this exhibition are connection, function and change. Some actionwe intend to take is to do a beach clean-up, visit factories to learn more, etc. The attitudes wehope to develop are empathy and curiosity. We would do that through the beach clean-upactivity, and make a PSA (Public Service Announcement).
5. Matthew Cormie, Nick Tong, Foster Ng and Riley DouganOur purpose during the Exhibition is to prove our Central Idea, “Discoveries Can Lead To Change”, byresearching combat weaponry as an area of focus. We will look at weapons such as Nuclear Weapons,Aircraft Carriers, Combat Aviation and Gunpowder. We are interested in learning about this area offocus because we want to find out what the changes of combat weaponry are. Also how those changesimpacted wars and how they are fought.This area of focus is relevant to the world because it has a major impact on wars that are fought today.It is also relevant in demonstrating how these changes have impacted civil populations in times ofconflict.We are hoping to teach people that changing weapons and tactics affect civil populations. We are going toteach them by giving a clear and specific presentation. We hope people will remember something from ourexhibit.The concepts we are looking into are Form, Connection and Change. These concepts have guided our linesof inquiry. Our supporting question for the concept Form is: How have discoveries lead to change incombat weaponry? For Form we are looking into what is combat weaponry. For our concept Change: Howhave changes in combat weaponry impacted combat tactics? For Change we are investigating into howhave the changing weapons changed combat tactics. For our concept Connection our supporting questionis, What are the effects of changing weapons on civilian populations during war? For Connection we arelooking into how war has affected civil population.To take action, we will try to raise awareness about how combat has impacted society and changed theway the world works by making a PSA about the changing weapons and tactics and how it has affectedcivil population.Throughout this Exhibition process and inquiry, we hope to show cooperation, creativity, enthusiasm, andrespect. We are going to achieve this by giving and showing maximum effort, coming up with our ownideas, treating each other fairly, and pushing ourselves to the limit of our capabilities.
6. Jenkin Chim, Sonia Lau, Justin Chenvanich and Megan ChowWhat rights do workers have around the world? The area that came to our attention is uprisings insociety and labour issues. Due to poor labour laws, many people around the world do not have good livingand workplace conditions.The reason we want to investigate this area is because we think Labour Movements would be interestingand challenging to research, and we could get a better understanding of this area. Most important of all,we can also understand the social problems caused by unfair workplace conditions. Labour Movements arerelated to the world because all workers should have fair rights and wages for the work that they do anda safe and healthy workplace.We would like to educate people about the unequal labour and workplace conditions, labour laws, andlabour rights around the world. Workplace conditions are different in places around the world. Someworkplace conditions are substandard, with low wages. As an example, we have investigated the currentHong Kong “Dock Workers” dispute.For the Exhibition, our group has chosen three concepts. Our inquiry focuses on form, change, andresponsibility. Each concept means a different kind of question. Form means “What is it like?”, changemeans “How has it changed?”, and responsibility means “What is our responsibility?” While working on theExhibition, we are focusing on a few attitudes. Those attitudes are cooperation, respect, and empathy. Todevelop cooperation, we have to work together and include everyone. To develop respect, we have tolisten and pay attention to each other. And for empathy, we have to be open-minded and support eachother.Possible action our group is considering is to write an eBook about our findings on Labour Laws and toeducate others about what we can do to improve working conditions for all workers. To accomplish this wewill need to interview experts on the areas that we are investigating.
7. David van der Linde, Roark Payne, Alvin Chan and Cameron SeymourOur purpose is to prove that the time and place in which people live affect their lives and the waythey connect with others. We will do this by investigating the policies of dictators and the waycountries have changed while a dictator was in power. Our group was very interested looking intodictators because there are a lot of leaders in the news and they are being talked about.Certain people like Bashar Al Assad in Syria are fighting against rebels in a civil war and that hascaused a lot of news reports. Kim Jong Un has taken control of North Korea and is threatening toattack the US. We hope people will learn a lot about different leaders and their countries, as well ashow they run their countries and their policies. There are many dictators around the world andespecially in the Middle East where over the past few years many dictators have been overthrown.We are using the concepts “connection” and “perspective” during our inquiry in the Exhibition. Theconcept connection is about how a country’s leader influences people and their connections betweenthem. Perspective is connected to our investigation because there are different perspectivessurrounding those in power. For action we will make a PSA about dictators and their policies on YouTube. We will also write a blog post and attach the PSA so our readers can know about ourinvestigation and the exhibition.The attitudes we hope to develop are creativity, curiosity and confidence. We use the attitudecreativity when designing our booth. We are curious when researching our dictators, so we can findmore about them. We are always feeling confident when we are speaking to the parents andteachers.
8. Darren Tay, Pak San Fung, Simon Li and Theo ChoOur group chose colonization as our area of investigation because we all found it interesting tolearn about how events in the past have shaped the world we live in today. Colonization has had areally big impact on the world. For example, the colonization of Hong Kong by Britain made HongKong an international hub for western investors. We are hoping people will understand howevents in the past can change the future in significant ways and how it had an positive ornegative effect on the locals and the colonizers.The concepts we are exploring are causation, change and connection. We chose causationbecause we want to know why the colonizers colonized a piece of land. We focused on changebecause we want to know how colonization has changed the world we know today. We are alsolooking at connection, because we want to know the effects of colonization and how it isconnected to our lives today. Some of us interviewed people who know about our area of focus.We hope to develop cooperation by helping each other every step of the way. We also want todevelop commitment because we need to be committed to finish work. Lastly we want to developcuriosity so we will keep thinking further about colonization and asking more questions.
9. Enton Cheung, James Loh, Kinsey Long and Megan NgThe exhibition has been an amazing journey for us. Our group has worked diligently to prove our centralidea, Circumstances, Experiences, and Actions can Lead to Change. We are now experts about our mainfocus, Revolutions.Our group is investigating revolutions and conflict. We chose this unit of investigation because each of ushad an interest. Megan and Kinsey were inspired by the movie “Les Misérables”, which is about the FrenchRevolution. James is interested in revolutions’ impact on the world, and Enton is interested inrevolutionary fighting tactics.We split up the group, and each of us researched a specific revolution. Our goal is to educate you in theAmerican Revolution, French Revolution, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and the Chinese Revolution. We haveinvestigated this area through our concepts, change, causation, and perspective. Our three inquiryquestions are “What are changes that happen as a result of revolution?”, “Why do revolutions occur?”,and “How can revolutions be interpreted?”For change, we looked at the major changes within and after revolutions. We used causation to find outhow our revolutions occurred. For perspective, we looked at the different perspectives throughout thewhole revolution.We think revolutions are a big part of world history, because one revolution could separate or create anew country, or just change it. Our group believes that after the exhibition we will develop ourcooperation, commitment and respect skills. We show cooperation and respect by working with each otherkindly. Commitment is shown when we stay on task, and don’t do other things. To take action we willeducate our fellow classmates and teachers about these major events. We hope you enjoy our exhibit!
10. Ariane Desrosiers, Ian Cheung and Nicolas WongWelcome to this year’s Grade 6 Exhibition! Our names are Nick, Ian and Ariane. We’re focusing onpolitics, and how different political systems affect and impact the lives of others. We broke ourresearch up into 5 examples: HK 2017 Elections, the Taliban, Cambodia during Pol Pot’s regime, Ugandaunder Idi Amin’s rule, and U.S. capitalism.We were all eager to choose our topic (politics) because it is something we are all interested in, andsomething we would like to learn more about. Politics is, of course, related to the theme Where We Arein Place and Time because the world is separated into countries, and each country has a way of beinggoverned, and in different times there are different political systems, which impacted the world.We chose the concepts form, connection and change because political systems are a form of governing,and connection because in order to govern a country, you need to connect with the citizens and thegovernment. Change, because political systems can bring change that can be negative or positive for bothsides. Also, actions taken because of political systems can change a country.During the Exhibition, we have cooperated, communicated, taken risks and been independent. We hopethat by doing these things, we will help our investigation go along smoothly. As in all units, we are going totake action. We hope to write letters to the Central Government and the UN convincing them to change afew haywire political systems into better ones. We are planning to protest against the government aswell, and maybe make a PSA explaining how different political parties affect people in different ways.Feel free to ask us any questions. We will give you a demonstration using simulations, videos and examplesto help. We hope you can learn about the world’s political influence, how people are affected by it, and ofcourse, more about the PYP! Our ultimate goal, however, is to prove how politics can affect people allaround the world.Behold, for this is the end of the PYP. We’re showing you all of what we’ve learnt and all that wecan do. We hope you appreciate the hard work that made this Exhibition happen. Enjoy!
11. Rachel Yu, Charles Glaser, Kai Tominaga and Ananya JhaveriAttracted to the amazing entertainment industry around us, all of us decided to chooseentertainment as our area of focus. Entertainment is what keeps us all satisfied when we havenothing else to do, so it is very important. The media you watch, the music you listen to, thetheatres you go to are all types of entertainment. Without entertainment, the world would befilled with boredom.Form, change and perspective are the concepts we have chosen to investigate. We areinvestigating the different categories of entertainment, changes in the entertainment industryovertime, and how people in various places interpret various forms of entertainment.Rachel Yu, Charles Glaser, Kai Tominaga and Ananya JhaveriWe are trying our best to cooperate, to be committed and to respect each other’s ideas. Wehope to always show these attitudes, not only while working on the exhibition, but in our dailylives as well. We are hoping to inform our audience that certain discoveries have contributed tothe how people are entertained, and to appreciate the wide range of entertainment availablenow due to the evolution of the entertainment industry.
12. Ellie Kwan, Kareen Yeung, Mana Mehta and Gitanjali PiesOur group is focusing on Cultural Interactions, more specifically, Third Culture Kids (TCKs).What got us interested is learning about people living in different places in the world duringdifferent times.We want our audience to leave our booth with knowledge about the different perspectives of avariety of TCKs. We would like them to understand the different ideas and thoughts TCKsmight have of our world and how they can affect the future.Ellie Kwan, Kareen Yeung, Mana Mehta and Gitanjali PiesThe concepts we are using to focus our investigation are perspective, form and change. Wechose these because they are the most relevant concepts to use to help us better understandhow TCKs are making significant changes to our world. As part of our investigation, weinterviewed TCKs and ATCKs (Adult Third Culture Kids) about their thoughts and opinions onbelonging, their place in society, and the impact they may have on the future.We will take action by creating a blog to showcase the various perspectives of a range of TCKsand ATCKs. The attitudes and attributes we are developing are open-minded, appreciation andrespect; attitudes and attributes that are relevant and necessary for investigating culturalinteractions. We are developing these by appreciating and respecting TCKs, also by being open-minded with them.
13. Natalie Kwok, Katrin Anwar, Chareese Lam and Melani YingWe are investigating women’s rights and wondering how the time and place in which women liveaffects their lives and how they connect with others. We are interested in this area because wewant to find out more about females in the world and society: how they are treated, what rightsthey have, etc. Our purpose for this investigation is to inquire more into an area that we are notfamiliar with and to have a growing understanding about the world. Female rights are relevantto the world because we know that females are sometimes treated differently than males. Fromour presentation, we hope people can learn about the differences between female and malerights and how those have changed over time.The concepts we chose to focus on are change, responsibility and causation. We are exploringthe differences (change), the ways organizations and individuals have taken action(responsibility) and how the organizations and individuals have caused influence on others(causation).Natalie K., Katrin A., Melani Y. and Chareese L.We intend to write an article for the Young Post to share our knowledge and new understanding,so that we, as Grade 6 students, can influence more people to support and to improve femalerights. We hope to develop cooperation, curiosity, creativity and enthusiasm by workingtogether throughout this investigation. We will creatively design our booth by using a variety ofdesigns, colours and patterns whilst it is still formal and informative. We are also very excitedto share our knowledge with others.We hope that you have learnt a bit more about our group and what we are investigating.
14. Jessica Lee, Bernice Tang, Miyuki Ri and Romi HadarOur purpose is to investigate the circumstances, experiences and action taken by individualswho advocated for female rights in different parts of the world at different times throughouthistory. Feeling horrified about the fact that females have been deprived of their rightsthroughout history, we want to investigate this thoroughly. This issue is relevant to the world,as it connects to every female. Every human should have equal rights, although many rights aredenied.We are hoping that our audience will learn about some female rights and how many are deprivedof rights because of circumstances and experiences. We also hope that our audience will learnabout action that has been taken because of one’s past.Jessica Lee, Bernice Tang, Miyuki Ri and Romi HadarDuring the exhibition process, we are exploring the concepts form, causation and change. Wechose these concepts because they relate to our research and give us a guideline. We inquiredinto the circumstances and experiences of females in different parts of the world over time,the circumstances and experiences that have led individuals to take action in order to improvethe lives of females and we have inquired into how female lives have changed over time indifferent countries.Some action we intend to take is to raise awareness outside of our school by making posters andshowing them publicly. Our group is focusing on the attributes: open mindedness, thinker andprincipled. We show these attributes by respecting new circumstances, by interpreting newinformation, by being principled and by being respectful to any new information.
15. Janice To, Alvin Tse, Jesse Wang and Danielle Klappstein“Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.”– Oliver Wendell HolmesLanguage is an essential part of our lives; it helps us communicate effectively with friends andfamily, as well as to larger audiences globally. We are very interested in the mystery behindthese magnificently complex forms of communication, from the romance languages to Braille,sign language and the many variations of Chinese.Our group’s goal is to share with our audience how and why various languages have evolved, thescientific meaning of language systems, and how people connect globally through language.Should there be a lingua franca in the world? Is texting the language of the future? Throughthe lenses of change, function, and connection, we are investigating how the time and place inwhich people live affect how they connect using language.Appreciation and enthusiasm are the two attitudes we are focusing on. We encourage ouraudience to develop an appreciation for different cultures and their respective languages, as wehave ourselves. We are enthusiastic about finding out more about different languages systemsand are actually trying them out ourselves! Our group will take action by creating learningresources with fun facts for young learners in order to familiarize them with the manylanguages spoken in the homes of CDNIS students.Sample fun fact: Did you know there are roughly 6,512 discovered unique languages spokenworldwide as of today!
16. Alex Fenton, Esme Kalbag and Ashley WongWe are investigating how ordinary people have taken action to change their own lives and thelives of others based on their circumstances and/or experiences. Our purpose is to prove thatcircumstances, experiences and action can lead to change.We are investigating the concepts of form, change, and connection by looking at the wayslesser-known people use their circumstances and experiences to take action in their own lives orthe lives of others.Alex, Esme and AshleyWe are interested in this investigation because we wanted to investigate an original idea andwanted to learn about ordinary people who have made a big or small impact on the world. Wewant to inform others of these lesser-known people and to influence others to take action. Thisis relevant to the world because it can influence people to take action that might change theworld for the better. It also shows how one person can make a difference, big or small.We want people to learn that the famous and powerful aren’t the only ones who can make adifference, but how ordinary people can too. We want people and ourselves to developappreciation of the people who took action against circumstances they have faced. We havemade a website that informs others across the globe of these individuals as well. Check it out!https://sites.google.com/site/thelivesoflesserknownpeople/
17. Julian Lam, Charlotte Lang, Gabriel Tunik and Charlotte TangWe are investigating how people are affected by culture and ethnicity. Our investigation isbased on rites of passage. Our goal is to learn about different cultures and some of the rites ofpassages in those cultures, and then to find out how they would affect a person. Our purpose isto prove the time and the place in which people live affect their lives and how they connect withothers.We were all interested in this because it’s very different than anything we have ever done, andwe think it will be interesting for others too! Our investigation relates to the world becauseeverybody goes through a rite of passage in his or her lifetime, like going to school, learninghow to drive or having a birthday party. We are the people we are today because of it. We arehoping people will learn a little bit about themselves and about their background and culturalidentity.To prove the central idea we are using form, change and connection to guide our research. Formhelps us understand rites of passage. Change allows us to see how they have changed over time.Connection shows how rites of passage affect people.We are going to show the cultures we researched through a painting; although the cultures aredifferent we will make connections through colour, showing that they are all alike. The goal oftaking this action is to show what we have found out as learners and to make people think moreabout how we as humans are all connected.Every one of us in our group definitely wants to gain open-mindedness about different culturesand the way they work, and as importantly, we want to be more knowledgeable about differentcultures, the world we live in today and to learn a little bit more about ourselves!
18. Samir Thakore, Sammi Luk, Zarah Zehri and Nicky Rubio HernansanzWe are investigating medical advances and how new discoveries in the medical field can lead tochange. The examples we are showcasing include: how DNA can help solve crimes, thetechnological advancements of medical equipment, new vaccines, prosthetics and organtransplants.The concepts we are exploring are change and causation. Our group is developing a range ofattitudes, in particular, showing respect and displaying open-mindedness. The more weinvestigate, the more curious we are becoming to learn more about how these advances caneither increase or decrease the quality of life, taking into account the time and place thesediscoveries have occurred.Our goal for the exhibition is to enlighten our audience about the amazing advances in themedical field that have taken place in the past and that are happening today, and what thefuture may have in store for us. We also want our audience to be aware of the positive ornegative impact new discoveries in the field of medicine can have on the quality of life.
19. ArthurSiu, AaronAu, Jason Hon and Mackenzie MarFor the 2013 PYP Exhibition, our group is investigating medical advances. We chose thisfascinating inquiry because our group members have always had an interest in this area fromwhen we were young. Our purpose is to prove that medical advances can lead to change.Medical advances are relevant to the world because people are striving to find new ways thatwill help people to lead better lives and to live longer. After you have visited our exhibit youwill gain more knowledge and understanding on how medical advances impact the world and us.For our investigation on medical advances, we are using the concepts function, perspective andform. We are using these concepts because we want to know different things about our area ofinterest. For function, we wanted to find out how each item in medical advances work. We alsowanted to know how was it like (form), and for perspective, how did people think about the item.We intend to take actions by creating models, sculptures, and small children books to educateother grades on what we’ve learned. The purpose of our action is to teach people about whatwe’ve learned and raise awareness about our area of focus.We hope to develop more of the PYP attitudes since they are just as important as ability.Independence and knowledgeable are the main ones because the exhibition is all about learningto be independent while studying something you’re interested in.
20. Shalyn Boyer, Andrew Kwong, Adrian Ng and Jeffrey ChuiOur purpose is to prove our Central Idea, “Discoveries can Lead to Change”. We will do this through aninquiry into medical science and the continuous developments. We were all interested in Medical Advancesbecause we all thought the subject, medical science, was interesting and it affected the human species alot.Medical advances are relevant to the world because without medical science/technology it would affectmany lives. For example, if someone were to get their leg amputated and they couldn’t get a prostheticleg, it could affect his/her life because if they have family or children the amputee might have a veryhard time trying to support them.We hope that people will learn the importance of medical science and will understand that sometimespeople do not always have happy endings, but scientists, through medical science, are trying to giveeveryone the happy ending that they deserve.We will explore medical advances through the concepts of form, connection and perspective. We will alsoexplore medical advance through our lines of inquiry: Major discoveries in medical science, How medicaldevelopments have impacted society, and How technology may influence the future of medical science.The action we intend to take as a group is to raise awareness of the importance of medical science topeople all over the world. We will do this by making an iMovie PSA (Public Service Announcement) of howmedical science is important to this world and post it on Youtube and our blogs.As a group, we would mainly like to develop the skills of cooperation and communication. To do this, weworked together, compromising whenever conflict arises. We also communicated with each otherthroughout the process.
21. Alican Beba, Brett Warning, Eve Boulanger and Samantha ChengOur purpose is to investigate different medical advances and how they have changed over time.We are also learning about physical disabilities, medicine, surgery, childbirth, and the impact ofmedical advances on business.We have chosen this area to investigate because we think it is very interesting to learn howmedical technology has developed over time and impacted the world. We think that this couldreally help us in real life because in the future we can know how medical advances affectedpeople’s lives and what we have to do to make the world better. We will also know what is goingon in the world; for example, if we read the medical section in the newspaper, we willunderstand the article.We are hoping to develop the attitudes commitment, respect and confidence. We will showcommitment and respect by working together as a group and finishing the work we weresupposed to do. We will also show confidence by presenting the work we have done to parents,teachers, and students. We will try our best to present our work confidently and be sure thatwe know what we are talking about.The concepts that we are exploring are change, connection and causation. We are looking atchange because medical technology is changing the world and impacting society. Connection isalso one of the concepts that we are looking at because we are looking at the connectionbetween people and medical technology and how we have been impacted. The final concept thatwe are looking at is causation because each of these inventions had a cause that led to itsinvention.We think that the exhibition is fun and exciting!
22. Justin Wright, Vance Mak, Stephen Wong and Pei Yu SuenOur group is investigating the discoveries of natural and manmade resources; specifically, coal, rubber,plastic and crude oil. We chose this investigation because we think that it is an important global issue.The concepts we are focusing on are causation and change. We chose these concepts because we allthought they would greatly help our inquiry and help us to understand our area of focus better. Firstly,we want to find out how the world has changed since the discovery of natural and manmade resources,and secondly, we want to investigate the impact of these resources on industries, lifestyles andeconomies.We are curious about the changes to the environment caused by the use of certain resources and areinterested in how the discoveries and use of particular resources have impacted the economy, society andpolitical relations. For example, plastic floating around the ocean can poison sea life. Oil spills cover seacreatures and affect ecosystems. Rubber tires are not biodegradable.The attitudes and attributes we are developing are confidence, cooperation and commitment. We showconfidence by being risk-takers, we are committed to our inquiry and we try our best to be cooperative.We want to show people the benefits and consequences of several major natural and manmade resources.Plastics are toxic and this concerns us greatly. We all need to take action now to bring this issue intoawareness and to take action to stop it before it is too late!
23. Adrien Pringle, Wai Ning Lai, Maja Stockley and Jocelyn CheungOur purpose is to prove that Global interaction has increased over time and impacts people and society.We will demonstrate our PYP skills, knowledge, and understanding. We were all interested inentertainment as our Exhibition investigation because we all know it has a big impact to the whole world.We want to know more about how different types of entertainment change overtime and how they affectsociety. We will investigate phones, violent movies and animal entertainment as a way to prove the centralidea.Entertainment makes the world more entertained. One big example is the phone. On the street almosteveryone is holding a phone and using it to make phone calls, text, play games, listen to music, and/or goon the internet. We think this is an area of entertainment the world values the most. We are hopingpeople will learn more about the areas of entertainment we are focusing on, how they affect the worldand society from local and global perspectives, and the process of entertainment changing over time.We also hope people will notice the attitudes and attributes that we are trying to demonstrate. We havedecided to develop the attitudes of creativity and enthusiasm through our exhibition. By being moreeffective with our exhibition displays and by design appealing content for the audience, while still beingorganized and neat, we will even try to be more creative in the ways we show our information. For showingenthusiasm we will put much effort into the exhibition process, and during our presentation, we willrespect our audience.We chose the key concepts: change, connection and perspective. We think these fit best because we aregoing to show how the entertainment changes overtime, and how it connects with the society throughlocal and global perspectives. A related concept is “influence”. For example, how useful types ofentertainment influence the world to use it. Also “interactions” because using some types ofentertainment could be used to interact with each other, such as televisions and phones.We have created a website where we gathered all of our information so not just parents and studentsfrom our school can see it, but even people out of our school can share in our learning.
24. Karen Chan, Carolyn Parker, Andrea McNaughton and Laurence YeungOur purpose is to develop a greater understanding of entertainment and how it has affectedsociety. We are all interested in entertainment and are fascinated by how it has changed overtime. Entertainment is very relevant to society and pops up everywhere; without entertainment,life would be very different!The main idea that we want people to take away from our exhibit is how entertainment impactsour lives and is very common in modern-day society. We also want people to feel inspired andfeel like they should appreciate entertainment more.The concepts we are exploring are change and connection, because entertainment has changedmuch over time. Entertainment also connects people. We intend to take action by making a PSAfor teachers to pass around. We hope to develop appreciation, because a major part ofentertainment is respecting the talent that it takes to perform in or make entertainment. Wealso want to develop cooperation, as it is really needed to make our group peaceful and to makethe Exhibition a success.
25. Harrrison Wou, Kevin Jiang and India ToryThroughout the exhibition journey our objective has been to investigate the causes and effectsof Colonization through the eyes of three key concepts: change, perspective and causation. Wehave also been using our research to validate the central idea we selected.We are interested in learning more about this area of focus for multiple reasons. Firstly, thistopic engages us because it is something that has shaped our surrounding today in manydifferent ways, such as culture. We also share a common curiosity in how countries worldwide inthe past era have come to what they are like nowadays. It is relevant to the World because ifthere hadn’t been colonization, society today would have been dramatically different. Countrieswould not speak the same languages or practice the same religions.We hope that viewers who visit our booth will discover that colonization is not something thathappened in the past that has no effect on us today. Our goal is for people to learn thatcolonization has shaped the world today in a number of ways.We aim to develop two attitudes during the exhibition, appreciation and curiosity. The action weplan to take is to create an item that symbolizes that colonization is important and has shapedthe world today. To inform others that colonization has been a major part of history and that ithas affected people’s lives today.
26. Tom Solarz, Gabriel Scholl, Elan Cheng and Monica ShumThe purpose of the Exhibition is to show our learning journey throughout the PYP (Primary YearProgram); it is a culmination of the PYP journey. Our purpose is to prove that the time and theplaces in which people live affect their lives and how they connect with others. We will provethis by investigating racism and how it affects people, the way they live and what actions peoplemay take to prevent racism.We are interested in this topic as it is a controversial issue, which concerns all of us, and wewant to know how we can make the world a better place. Racism is relevant to the world in manyways. For example, during the apartheid era in South Africa, Nelson Mandela was put in jail forprotesting against the government and fighting for human equality. Nelson took part in manyanti-racism protests and made speeches about his beliefs. Nelson Mandela took action.Left to right: Tom Solarz, Gabriel Scholl, Elan Cheng and Monica ShumWe are hoping that people who visit our exhibit will learn how racism is such a big issue in thisworld, and how one person can make a big difference. The concepts that we will explore areform, connection and responsibility. The concept we favor the most is responsibility; we believethat we can let people know that any individual, organization, or even a country as a whole cantake action against racism.The attitudes that we hope to develop are respect and tolerance. We will develop these skillsby respecting others’ perspectives and race. An example of tolerating others is when we areworking in our group, we have to put up with each other and be open-minded.
27. Eugenie Hui, Mahdi Alibhai, Julian Chow and Svasti SharmaOur group is investigating racism because we are disgusted that this exists in our world today.We want to know why it is still prevalent, what actions have been taken to eliminate it, and whatwe can do as individuals to stop it. We believe that racism has negatively impacted so many livesworldwide in a variety of ways and it needs to be stopped!Our hope is that people will learn more about the evils of racism and take action to put an endto it. Our exhibit focuses on the horrific acts carried out by such hate groups as the KKK,violent events like the L.A. Riots, and apartheid in South Africa.From Top Left To Bottom Right: Eugenie Hui, Mahdi Alibhai, Julian Chow and Svasti SharmaChange, causation and perspective are the concepts that our investigation has used tostreamline our inquiry questions. Our intention is to take action by raising awareness aboutracism both locally and globally. We empathize with those who have been discriminated againstbecause of their race, and the message we would like to share with our audience is thateveryone deserves respect, regardless of the colour of their skin. We also hope to convey thateven though we all have our differences, everyone deserves respect and appreciation. Toleranceis an attitude that is lacking in our world, and one that is necessary to help stamp out racism.
28. Kenny Lu, Bryan Ku and Jethro HungOur group’s purpose is to explore the different perspectives on racism, the responsibilities ofdifferent people whose job it is to stop racism, and the impact racism has on our lives. Ourgroup thought this area of inquiry was interesting, and we all wanted to learn more about racismand how it has affected our society. We also wanted to learn how to take action, which, in fact,is informing you of the situation.Racism in general is discriminating against a culture or race. This is typically done based onphysical appearance, personal beliefs, etc. It is happening in countries everywhere. Based onpeople’s decisions and looks, their rights and privileges are taken away. They are treated aslower than the rest, barely qualifying as humans in the community. Through our exhibit, we arehoping that our audience will understand the perspectives of racism, the impact it has onindividuals and civilizations and how it has affected and changed our world throughoutcenturies. We also want to make people see others as individuals, not faceless masses.The concepts we used and explored in this unit are: perspective, responsibility and citizenship.As for possible action to abolish racism, protests, posters, and public announcements wouldraise awareness of the situation. We could raise money for an anti-racism organization. Or wecould speak up when we see acts of racism in our daily life. We hope for our audience and peersto learn much more about racism, especially how to take action.
29. Russell Tom, Daren Einheuser, David Yeung and Jamie LiuDuring the exhibition process we have been investigating a very difficult and important issue.Our main idea is “Where we are in place and time”, and we each researched a specific issue. Weinvestigated the question: How have financial crises impacted people and society? We areinterested in this investigation because we believe it is important to learn about the economy.We realize finance will become a crucial part of our life as we move into adulthood.This is relevant to the world because there have been several financial crises recently, and theyare impacting people in the world in different ways. We hope that our audience will learn aboutthe four financial crises we have researched and how they have impacted people and society.We are exploring this by using three concepts: causation, perspective, connection. We haveinterviewed experts to assist us in our investigation.Our group will develop and strengthen our confidence by speaking with a deep understanding ofour issue in front of an audience. We also want to show commitment by making sure our groupmembers are not going off topic and that we are all doing one task at a time. We have beendeveloping our co-operation skills by working together, and the more we work together, themore we develop our negotiation skills.
30. Matthew Tse, Nicholas Man and Hanley ChanOur purpose is to educate people regarding the information we researched abouttransportation. We all shared interest in transportation because we wanted to know how theworld has changed through improvements in transportation.Transportation is used by everyone. Every single country has different types of transportationused to help take freight and people around. We hope people can also learn about howdrastically the world changed just because of improvements of transportation. Most peopleunderestimate the importance of transportation, so we would like you to learn more about theimportance and changes in transportation.(Left to right) Matthew Tse, Nicholas Man and Hanley ChanBut instead of researching like we did, people can understand everything we researched just bycoming to our booth. The concepts we will explore through investigating are change, causation,and form. We have taken action by making a children’s book about what we have investigated,and we have also created a parody of a song that is about transportation.
31. Megan Wright, Eloise Fan, Lizzy Marland and Max GlaserOur group is focusing on an inquiry into how different sporting events have evolved over time andimpacted people and society. We chose to investigate sport because we were interested in how sport hasevolved over time and become such a big part of our lives. Over the years, sport has increased inpopularity and skill level, entertaining many people all over the world and becoming a bigger part of ourlives. There are many people in the world who now have careers as athletes, which shows how sport hasgrown to influence us.The concepts we selected were Form, Connection and Change. We chose Change and Connection becausethey relate to our Central Idea, ‘Global interactions have increased over time and impacts people andsociety.’ We chose Form because it is important to know how the world has been impacted.For our action we plan to donate money to a kindergarten in rural Philippines so the children there haveenough money for sports equipment. We would like to donate to the school because we think that sportsare a big part of our lives and these underprivileged children need to have a chance to develop a love forsports.The attitudes we are focusing on are Cooperation, Respect and Enthusiasm. We chose cooperationbecause we felt it relates to how different countries need to cooperate to make the sporting eventscome together, and to remind us as an exhibition group to cooperate as well. Respect is importantbecause if certain countries want to play in a game but they have strong rivalry with another team, theymust respect each other and play by the rules. Also, if our group falls into conflict we must remember torespect each other and solve the problem in a peaceful way. Finally, we value enthusiasm because, whenteams lose, many get disheartened; and when our group encounters any difficulty we need to remember tostay optimistic.
32. Michael van Voorst, Ryan Law and Anthony HoViva la difference!Why do revolutions occur? What happens after a revolution takes place? What is the role ofpeacekeepers? These are the questions that our group is focusing on in order to betterunderstand the concept of revolution. Our main purpose is to inform our audience aboutrevolutions happening in the world today, as well as those that have happened in the past. Doeshistory really repeat itself?We are developing the PYP attitudes, and confidence, responsibility and commitment are theones that really relate to our issue. By talking to different people during our investigation, weare developing confidence as well as improving our communication skills, and a sense ofresponsibility by being risk-takers. We are committed to putting 100% effort into our work andour process journals.While investigating, we used research skills to evaluate, research, record, interpret and analyzeinformation. Other skills, like thinking skills and social skills, are also developed as well when wecritically analyze data and work cooperatively.We hope that after visiting our exhibit, the audience will feel compelled to learn more aboutthe world we live in and will understand how revolutions can occur at any time and in any place.
33. Sarah Leung, Tiffany Mejia and Christine ChinWe have chosen to investigate women’s rights because we feel that it is an issue related to usand is important to the world. The purpose of our investigation is to prove that circumstances,experiences and actions can lead to change in women’s rights. We were interested andfascinated in women’s rights because we feel that it determines who we are in our lives, how wecan get jobs, have education and even vote when we grow older. But women didn’t always havewhat we have today, and this is why we were interested in finding out what happened and howwe can support our future.Women’s rights is a big part of this world, because some women today have jobs, are literate,can vote, can walk freely, etc, but others can’t and don’t have these things. This is a big dealand it is important that we all are aware of this inequality. We are hoping that people will learnthe changes that have happened for women’s rights, the causes of gender inequality, and actionspeople took and are taking, because we believe these are the most important parts of ourinquiry.The concepts we will explore are change, causation and connection. We are hoping that we canraise awareness about inequality in the school. The attitudes we are hoping to develop are,commitment, enthusiasm, and cooperation. We will develop these attitudes by working togetherwell, staying on task, and showing a positive attitude.