I'm generally impressed by the calibre of students in our IB program, and often imagine that these students would be excellent with or without the IB, that we're just helping provide some structure for their genius. Here's some support for my theory.
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme culminates in each student completing a personal project which is "a significant piece of work that is the product of the student's own initiative and creativity.
Sixteen year old Marco Facciola's personal project was the design and construction of a bicycle made entirely of wood, including the chain, gears and all connectors. He says he just wanted to try something challenging. You can see photos and read more details here.
Well done, Marco! I hope your diploma programme teachers are ready for you.
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