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Year 12 Study In Yangshuo

25 March 2015

Year 12 students went on the Yangshuo Biology, Geography and Environmental Systems and Societies trip over this weekend. Chris Baker, trip leader, tells us how they got on.

  • Year 12 students from BISS Puxi visit Yangshuo for a Biology, Geography and Environmental Systems and Societies trip
  • Year 12 students from BISS Puxi visit Yangshuo for a Biology, Geography and Environmental Systems and Societies trip
  • Year 12 students from BISS Puxi visit Yangshuo for a Biology, Geography and Environmental Systems and Societies trip
  • Year 12 students from BISS Puxi visit Yangshuo for a Biology, Geography and Environmental Systems and Societies trip
  • Year 12 students from BISS Puxi visit Yangshuo for a Biology, Geography and Environmental Systems and Societies trip

Myself, Mr Grocott, Ms Coong, Ms Townsend and Mr Hill had the pleasure of taking 50 students into the field to collect data for their IB Internal Assessments and laboratory hour contributions.

Biology and Environmental Systems and Societies students collected data from a terrestrial study as well as from numerous river sites, showing resilience in working through some quite challenging weather conditions! The evenings were spent on data analysis with students learning how to calculate ASPT scores, standard error and chi-squared tests, all statistical analysis methods for calculating pollution levels in rivers.

Geographers collated and analysed data from investigations in three tributaries of the Li River. During the evening sessions the students related their findings to Bradshaw’s Model of changes in river features downstream which they will base their internal assessments on following this trip. Further classwork with Mr Hill and Miss Townsend will continue in to the next term to support our students through the completion of their internal assessments later this year.

Students were very tired due to the early starts and working late into the evenings but that did not stop them enjoying themselves and getting lots of high quality work done.   

- Chris Baker, Trip Leader