One of the scariest parts of CAS may be the CAS project. Common questions we hear at Lanterna are ‘what is it?’, ‘how do I do it?’, and ‘what are good examples of projects?’. We’ll answer those questions in this article. It’s essential to understand the requirements of the CAS project before diving in to choosing a topic, so let’s do a quick recap.
The CAS project is a collaborative series of CAS experiences engaging students in at least one of the CAS strands (creativity, activity, and service). You must do at least one CAS project to complete CAS. The main purpose of the project is to allow for growth in regards to participation in collaborative projects. The CAS project must take a minimum of one month from planning to completion but many examples of CAS projects will take longer than a month – this is encouraged!
So… what are some examples of great CAS projects? Read through our list of 50 potential CAS Projects below to spark some inspiration, and maybe you’ll come up with the perfect CAS Project for you!
NOTE: This list is made up of CAS Project ideas gathered from Official IBO Resources or successful CAS projects from our IB graduates. Before choosing your final CAS project idea make sure to consult with your CAS Coordinator.
1. Creativity – A student group plans, designs, and creates a mural (official IB example)
2. Activity and Service – Students organize, plan, and execute a local football tournament with entry proceeds going to local food banks
3. Creativity and Service – Regularly bake cakes, cookies, and pastries and deliver them to a local community retirement home
4. Creativity and Service – Students write, plan, film, edit, and release a movie. Screen this movie at the school and donate proceeds to a charity.
5. Activity – Students organize and participate in a sports team including training sessions and matches against other teams (official IB example)
6. Creativity – Organize and execute weekly rap battles at your school to eventually crown one ultimate winner.
7. Service – Students set up an initiative at the schools for students to be able to volunteer at local homeless shelters
8. Creativity – A student group sets up regular after school music class for younger students culminating in a final performance
9. Service – Students set up and conduct tutoring for people in need (official IB example). Fun fact – this is how Lanterna got its start 15 years ago!
10. Creativity and Activity – Students choreograph a routine for their marching band (official IB example)
11. Creativity – Students organize a school fashion show where talented, creative students get to display their garments.
12. Creativity and Service – Students organize a school talent show with proceeds going to local charities
13. Creativity – Start an MUN club at your school and join some international school MUN meets!
14. Activity and Service – Students plan and participate in the planting and maintenance of a garden with members of the local community (official IB example)
15. Creativity – set up a food blog where you go around and review local restaurants
16. Service – set up a special needs camp for students with learning disabilities at your school. This could involve competitions, games, or learning activities.
17. Creativity – A student group sets up an after-school extracurricular activity for the student body. This could be a choir, a dance group, RPG, Lego building, or anything else you can think of!
18. Service – check out if your school offers any service trips. Sign up to become a part of it!
19. Activity and Service – Become a manager! Contact the school’s coach (football, basketball, baseball, or any other sport) and see if you can volunteer as an assistant coach for the season.
20. Creativity and Service – set up an international fair at your school. Students and parents can bring food and drinks from their home countries as well as have their own booths where they can teach others about their culture.
21. Creativity and Service – set up a musical performance for people at your local hospital.
22. Activity and Service – Students organize, plan, and execute a local netball tournament with entry proceeds going to a local mental health charity
23. Creativity – Set up Lip Sync Battles at your school during lunchtimes. Conduct the competition over several weeks and ultimately declare a winner.
24. Creativity and Service – create a birthday project at your school where all students and teachers are delivered a gift or candy on their birthday!
25. Creativity and Service – Students identify that children at a local school need backpacks and subsequently design and make the backpacks out of recycled materials (official IB example)
26. Activity and Service – referee a number of local football matches
27. Service – save the environment by regularly going out and planting trees, and perhaps setting up a club so that others can follow in your footsteps
28. Creativity and Service – make a play and perform it at your school. The proceeds will then be donated to charity.
29. Creativity, Activity, and Service – Students rehearse and perform a dance production for a community retirement home (official IB example)
30. Service – read to students at a local primary school
31. Activity and Service – set yourself a physical challenge – e.g. cycling 500 kilometers – and collect donations to give to charity
32. Activity and Service – Students organize, plan, and execute a local basketball tournament with entry proceeds going to a local homeless shelter
33. Service – form a recycling club to take of separating materials that your school might be throwing to landfill unnecessarily
34. Service – help with an infrastructure project. For instance, helping build a playground at the local primary school
35. Creativity and Service – set up a website that has healthy food recipes to promote better choices amongst your peers
36. Service – find a local public are – e.g. a beach, forest or park – and form a clean-up club!
37. Service – teach others a new language! You can tutor them to enable them to progress
38. Creativity and Service – write some book reviews for your local library
39. Service – host a book drive!
40. Creativity and Service – host a video game tournament with the entrance fees all donated to charity
41. Creativity and Service – help create and be in charge of the school year book!
42. Activity and Service – form a Yoga group and conduct sessions in local nursing homes
42. Creativity and Service – hold an art competition and then display the entries during a gallery night with profits donated to a charity
44. Service – create and distribute hand made sanitary towels to girls that don’t have access to menstrual products
45. Creativity – Organize and execute weekly stand up comedy events at your school to eventually crown one ultimate winner
46. Creativity and Service – Students put together a concert at school and donate the proceeds to a charity
47. Service – Organise a toy drive before the festive months to donate gifts to disadvantaged children
48. Service – Volunteer as gardeners in a local public space
49. Service – Form a group to teach children how to do first aid
50. Activity and Service – volunteer to help out as a lifeguard and help clean a local pool
So there we have it, 50 top ideas to get you thinking about what you might do for your CAS project!