IB Inspirations and Innovations

Student passions are reflected in their IB projects shown at IB showcase

In IB, students have worked hard all year to put together meaningful and beneficial projects of all kinds.

On April 14, students got to display their creativity at the IB showcase. Helping others, developing personal skills, and learning about themselves are just a few of the ways students have applied themselves through their projects.

One IB project called “Helping Box” was inspired by sophomore Anish Amin when he noticed how much food wastage there was at Millard North.

This led Amin to think of a solution to this ongoing problem. With the help of  Justin Wiley and Katherine Webster, Amin is able to donate 80-90 pounds of produce a month to the Open Door Mission that would normally go to waste.

“I feel like there’s so much food wastage in the world and doing it on a smaller scale that actually helps the community and people who need it could be beneficial for both sides,” Amin said.

Other students are using use their IB projects, as a way to improve an existing skill. A prime example is sophomore Tanisha Phulari, who has been pursuing coding ever since she discovered it in fifth grade.

For her IB project, Phulari took her coding skills to the next level by creating her very own coding game, which she calls “Happy Bird”. Phulari describes it as a knockoff version of the well-known game “Flappy Bird”.

“I learned a few skills [from coding] and built on some skills I already knew like open-mindedness, communication, and being a risk-taker,” Phulari said. 

Phulari hopes to further her interest in coding by majoring in Computer Science.

Another student, Claire Baijnauth, took both a creative and investigative approach to their IB project.

When their mom threw out the idea of taking a DNA test, Baijnauth was all in. Through the DNA test, Baijnauth discovered that they were a part of 16 different heritages.

“I thought I would spin my project on how complex genetics really are,” Baijnauth said.

With the results of their DNA test in mind, they decided to create a twin-sized quilt containing a square dedicated to each heritage’s flag. It took Baijnauth 5-6 months to complete their beautifully complex quilt.

These three student’s projects are just a sample of the many passions and innovations behind each Millard North IB student’s project.

“I really like seeing that what I’m doing is making a difference in peoples lives,” Amin said.