The Deep Dive
Purpose: The questions we ask change the way we make sense of the world
The deep dive is one of the first projects done in 10th grade IA. Each student forms groups within the cohort to research a local social issue they are interested in tackling. Throughout the project, the students undergo 5 different stages of research which allow for a deeper understanding of the issue. Some of this research takes students to go beyond school and interview specific people to find a solution for the problem. Students also have the opportunity to learn photography from an expert and take pictures which reflect the issue they are investigating. These photographs will later be showcased in an exhibition open for the Roosevelt community and general public.
Purpose: Designers combine elements purposefully to impact the audience’s experience.
Another project the 10th grade cohort works on is the IA Magazine, where we concentrate on the purposefulness when designing it. Our main focus is the audience's experience when reading the magazine. Therefore, students learn different aspects about the construction of a magazine, such as writing an article, creating the layout of the magazine, photography visuals, financing, marketing, editing, etc. All these roles are allocated to different students, giving them certain responsibility and reliance with one another. The first step in this project is to find a theme that goes along with all the articles being written. Once that is decided amongst the cohort, students begin the research on their topics regarding their articles. During the process, interviews/field trips are being held by students to get information for their corresponding topics. All the articles tie together to fit the theme of the magazine, which requires the cohort to work collaboratively.
Purpose: For students to gain expertise in an area of interest.
This is where students are able to study in-depth the things that make them passionate and interest them. Students put a project towards one of their passions, and in this project, they investigate, research, and iterate as much as possible. This could sometimes involve field trips, interviews with experts, internships, etc. The student is the one who chooses what he/she needs to learn to set forth their project, how they learn it, and when their deadlines are. The teacher is often there as guidance, but this is a completely individual project for the students to do what they enjoy most.