CAS projects

The IB has published a creativity, activity, service (CAS) guide, which is available in the online curriculum centre (OCC). Materials in the OCC are free and exclusive to IB World Schools.

What do CAS projects involve?

CAS requires students to take part in a range of experiences and at least one project. These should involve:

  • real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes
  • personal challenge
  • thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress, reporting
  • reflection on outcomes and personal learning

We don't prescribe specific projects or activities to students. All students should be involved in activities they've initiated themselves. IB World Schools will then suggest particular projects.

Several useful resources on CAS are available via the OCC.

Example of a creativity project

For a creativity project, a talented musician could learn a particularly difficult piece, or a different style of playing.

Read our blog about a group of students in New York who produced and performed a play to raise awareness of a real-world issue.

Example of an activity project

Activity projects do not have to be sports-related or competitive. A valuable activity project could help a student overcome a personal fear, such as rock climbing.

Read our blog about a student in Australia who achieved his dream of becoming a youth soccer coach through CAS.

Example of a service project

Service projects must be beneficial for the community as well as providing a learning opportunity for the student.

Read our blog about students in Indiana who organized a huge recycling drive to help an IB World School in Flint, Michigan.

The CAS project can address any single strand of CAS, or combine two or all three strands of creativity, activity and service.