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Traditional schooling places students in the classroom for most of the day, expecting that learning will take place through books and teacher-directed activities. That isn’t the case in the International Baccalaureate (IB). Experiential learning and applying theories in real life play a central role in learning. This philosophy is best represented in Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), a required component of the IB Diploma Programme. As described on the IB website,
CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development by learning through experience.
It provides opportunities for self-determination and collaboration with others, fostering a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from their work.
At the same time, CAS is an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the DP.
CAS at NIST
CAS at NIST often goes far beyond the requirements of the IB – not because it is expected by teachers, but rather because the students themselves are passionate about the projects they choose to undertake. From establishing NGOs that support rural development in Thailand and Cambodia to speaking at TEDx events, NIST students go above and beyond. In doing so they fulfill the IB vision of lifelong learning, but more importantly impact countless lives in a positive way.
As you explore this site, you will hear their stories and catch a glimpse of the passion they have for making a real difference. You can find more about CAS at NIST at http://casatnist.weebly.com.