Virtual CAS Conference

09/12/2020

CAS experience: Trojans participate in an international conference on Covid-19 and climate change

Sharing and exchanging proposals to provide solutions to problems that threaten humanity. This was the purpose of the last virtual CAS conference that focused the discussion on issues such as COVID-19 and climate change.

Kai Unfried and Catalina Segura, International Baccalaureate (IB) first year students, along with Izabella Sibaja, IB second-year student, teamed up with students from other countries to develop proposals around these challenges facing the world’s population.

This event took place last November and was made possible in cooperation with the United Nations (UN) and Extinction Rebellion.

“During this event, our students had the opportunity to listen to keynote speakers who encouraged to reflection and comparison of ideas through discussion workshops. Small teams of students from around the world collaborated to work on the 5 stages of CAS and deliver a thorough plan of the CAS Project, providing a solution to an urgent issue”, said Katia Alfaro, coordinator of CLAS and CAS for Lincoln School.

Our Trojan, Kai Unfried commented that this conference was a great opportunity to measure the impact the program has on different students around the world and how they use CAS to help their communities.

“I had the opportunity to interact with amazing people and learned many things about CAS projects and how they connect to global issues and the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” Kai said.

For Catalina Segura, it was an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired and collaborate with the development of initiatives for the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development.

“It was incredibly interesting how, despite of the fact that we all came from different countries, we had a lot in common, but we were also open to hearing the perspectives of others,” said Catalina.

Izabella Sibaja – IB second-year student

What is CAS?

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is one of the three fundamental elements that all students must complete as part of the Diploma Program (DP).

The goal of CAS is to develop students who are capable of:

  • Enjoying a variety of CAS experiences and finding relevance in these
  • Reflecting on their experiences for a specific purpose
  • Identifying goals, developing strategies and determining further actions for personal growth
  • Exploring new possibilities, facing new challenges and adapting to new roles
  • Actively participating in planned, sustainable and collaborative CAS projects
  • Understanding that they are members of local and global communities and that they have responsibilities to each other and to the environment

CAS is divided into three areas, creativity, action and service, which are defined as follows:

  • Creativity: exploration and expansion of ideas that lead to an original or interpretive product or action.
  • Activity: physical effort that contributes to a healthy lifestyle
  • Service: collaborative and reciprocal participation with the community in response to a real need