The CAS Strands

What are C, A and S.

Creativity

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The IB Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) Guide (page 8) provides the following definition of creativity: 'Exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance.'

The IB CAS Guide (pages 18 and 19) suggest the following approaches to creativity:

  • Ongoing creativity

  • School-based creativity

  • Community-based creativity

  • Individual creativity

Examples of creativity include:

  • Acting or supporting a drama performance

  • Playing or supporting a music performance

  • Participating or supporting a dance performance

  • Creating an artwork

  • Creating a website

Activity

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The IB CAS Guide (page 8) provides the following definition of activity: 'Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle.'

Similar to creativity, the CAS Guide (pages 19 and 20) suggest the following approaches to activity:

  • Ongoing activity

  • School-based activity

  • Community-based activity

  • Individual activity

Examples of activity include:

  • Playing on a team

  • Completing a training programme

  • Undertaking an adventure sport or journey

  • Learning a new martial art/yoga/pilates

Service

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The IB CAS Guide (page 8) provides the following definition of service: 'Collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need.'

The IB CAS Guide (page 22) suggest the following four types of service:

  • Direct Service

  • Indirect Service

  • Advocacy

  • Research

Furthermore, the IB CAS Guide (pages 19 and 20) suggest the following approaches to service:

  • Ongoing service

  • School-based service

  • Community-based service

  • Immediate need service

  • Fundraising

  • International Service

  • Volunteerism

  • Service arising from the curriculum

Examples of service include:

  • Raising funds for an orphanage

  • Helping at an animal shelter

  • Volunteering at a retirement home or youth centre

  • Helping in your school (e.g., CAS committee or student council)

  • Speaking out about an injustice

  • Finding out about the water quality

Check out this phenomenal example by Mira Loma High School in the United States that was developed over a number of years.