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Year 12s Bring the Sciences Together

29 May 2014

The Group 4 Project Presentation evening took place this week and Toby Bate, our Head of Science, tells us why this is such a valuable event for the Year 12s.

  • Group 4 Project Presentation 2014
  • Group 4 Project Presentation 2014
  • Group 4 Project Presentation 2014

The event showcased the excellent work that had been completed by all of the Year 12 IB students during the previous week when they were working on their projects.

The topic of the Group 4 Project for this year was “Water”, the nature of the project is that the students are required to answer a question that they themselves pose about the topic and address it from the angles of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The Project mark makes up a small percentage of each student’s final grade for all their Group 4 (Experimental Sciences) subjects. In addition to the marks they will obtain, it is also an excellent learning experience for students where they have to work together utilising the expertise and experience of the different group members.

I really have to say that this is by far the best project work I have ever seen a group of Year 12 students produce. Their plans were detailed and a lot of their findings were somewhat thought provoking, especially the comparisons between certain brands of bottled water.

The range of different investigations was also impressive with some students looking at the Copepod (a small invertebrate) populations within river water and others investigating the properties of liquids when sound waves pass through them. It genuinely was a brilliant evening to be part of.

The students also found it very worthwhile; here are some of their thoughts from about the project and the presentation evening:

“I am now more able to work with people I haven’t worked with before and that will help me with future projects” – Maria Rodriguez

“I increased my confidence by presenting in front of people and the investigation itself helped me gain knowledge” – Rachel Shin

“I gained further knowledge about teamwork and problem solving. We were able to rely on each other and help to present our findings together in an entertaining way. We made sure experiments linked to each other and explained them fully. We used our strengths and knowledge to work as a unit.” – Madita Eh

“Overall I felt the Group 4 Project gave me a deeper understanding of my strengths and weaknesses, which can allow me to better myself in the future when I’m working in a group.” – Richard Asfour

“Teamwork as well as general problem solving skills have been abundant in the project, therefore we are now stronger in these areas. We have also become more knowledgeable and have got a feel for the other Sciences we worked with. Mixing students from different Sciences has given us insight into new areas and has created further interest in Science.” – Pablo Lahoz Powter