News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – Somersfield Academy is thrilled to announce its upcoming Personal Project Expo, where M5 students will showcase their diverse and innovative projects on February 29th. This event promises to be a celebration of creativity, research, and personal growth, highlighting the incredible talents and dedication of our students.

As the only school in Bermuda to offer the International Baccalaureate [IB] Middle Years Programme (MYP), Somersfield Academy places a strong emphasis on inquiry-based learning and the development of essential skills. The MYP Personal Project is a flagship of the programme, challenging students to engage in independent inquiry and produce a significant piece of work that reflects their interests and abilities.”

“We are immensely proud of our M5 students and the remarkable projects they have undertaken for their Personal Project,” said Carolyn Amaral, MYP Personal Project Coordinator at Somersfield Academy. “This Expo is a culmination of their hard work and dedication, and it’s inspiring to see how they have applied their learning to real-world challenges.”

The Personal Project Expo will feature a wide range of projects, including:

  • Emma Allington’s investigation into eating disorders and cooking, resulting in the creation of a cookbook with a nutritional philosophy.
  • Samantha Binega-Northcott’s restoration of a Singer sewing machine, accompanied by in-depth research into its make and model.
  • Nico Bean’s exploration of creating notebooks and phone cases from original artwork and developing a business website to sell his products.
  • Jackson Langley’s adaptation of a ready-made affordable hydroelectric generator into the rain catchment system of a model Bermuda roof to produce electricity from the flow of water.
  • Taylor Herzog’s combination of environmental awareness with mechanical innovation, creating a machine that turns plastic bottles into 3D printer filament, which can be used to then create 3D printed objects.

“Our students have truly embraced the spirit of inquiry and innovation through their Personal Projects,” said Charlie Judd, Head of Secondary. “Their dedication to exploring their passions and making meaningful contributions is a testament to the values we strive to instil in our students.”

The Expo will provide an opportunity for students to share their projects with the school community, as well as parents, mentors, and invited guests. Attendees will have the chance to engage with the projects, learn from the students’ experiences, and celebrate their achievements.

The Personal Project Expo exemplifies Somersfield Academy’s commitment to providing a holistic education that nurtures students’ curiosity, creativity, and sense of responsibility to the world around them.”