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Aylin Diaz

Mr. Loza

Senior Defense

31, January 2019

Problem Solving

In our school HPIAM, we were given the opportunity to present and address how

diseases and issues are affecting communities and countries. As a freshman in high school, I had

lots of expectation which can help me prepare for college. Throughout the first semester our

advisory teachers gave us our first Interdisciplinary Project Assignment and we were put into

groups of four and the topic that was assigned to my group and I was Meningitis Disease. My

group and I were working on our own parts which we then would combine our information into a

PowerPoint so that we could present it on showcase night. In this assignment we were asked to

inform our audiences about our disease, which was Meningitis and how it could affect people’s

health. This IDP/Assignment fits the Problem-Solving category because it demonstrates how the

meningitis disease can affect adults and children from different countries and communities. The

first Interdisciplinary project was completed November 2015 in school.

In addition, I have worked on interdisciplinary projects for 3 years, and I conclude that by

doing these presentations it helped me become better. During my junior year they assigned us a

plant which we then must take care of it to see if it grows or if it’s contaminated by lead. My

group members and I were assigned to plant a cilantro using organic and home soil, which we

then we would water the plants using arrowhead water. Our topic for our Interdisciplinary
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Project was on lead toxicity which as a group we concluded that our home soil was contaminated

by lead. In this assignment we were asked to inform the panelist about lead and how the toxicity

of lead can affect the community. This IDP/Assignment fits the problem-solving category

because anything can be contaminated by lead. For example, water, soil, and air can be

contaminated by lead. Any adults and children are at risk of being exposed to lead which it can

lead to health problems. The second interdisciplinary project assignment was completed April

12, 2018 in school.

Additionally, working on the Interdisciplinary Projects helped us accomplish the SLO’s

without even realizing it. When we are working on the IDP we become critical thinkers, willing

collaborator, effective communicators, and active citizen. Working on the IDP with our group

members made us all critical thinkers because we would analyze reliable resources and use that

relevant information to come up with a plan to spread awareness. Another SLO’s that we used

was willing collaborator because we would contribute to the group by holding members

accountable and including everyone’s ideas equally. Then, we were effective communicator by

articulating everyone’s ideas in a way that the audience would understand how diseases, and

issues are affecting our communities. Lastly, we were an active citizen by utilizing the talents

around us to lead efforts to improve our community by addressing the problems of the

community to teachers, professionals, and students.

In conclusion, comparing IDPs from freshman and junior year shows that I was able to

improve my communication and presentation skills. I also learned how to collaborate with my

group members. Some areas that I still need to improve on would be memorizing the slides

because sometimes I would forget which I then would read off the slides. Another thing that I
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need to improve on would be is to try to have direct eye contact with the panelist which shows

that I need to explain my slides in my own words, and I need to practice more on my slides. I can

use these skills that I learned from IDP presentations when I apply for a job because the first

semester of junior year, we did a practice interview which showed me how a real interview

would be when I apply for a job. Also, it can help me prepare for college and that I must learn

how to depend on myself in the future.