Published on June 20th, 2017 | by Science Editor0
Grade 11 Group 4 Project: Bad Science Presentations
The grade 11 student’s completed the Group 4 project last week.
“The group 4 project is a collaborative activity where students from different group 4 subjects work together on a scientific or technological topic, allowing for concepts and perceptions from across the disciplines to be shared in line with aim 10—that is, to “develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on other areas of knowledge”. The project can be practically or theoretically based.”
“The group 4 project allows students to appreciate the environmental, social and ethical implications of science and technology. It may also allow them to understand the limitations of scientific study, for example, the shortage of appropriate data and/or the lack of resources. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary cooperation and the processes involved in scientific investigation, rather than the products of such investigation.”
The Group 4 Project is designed to satisfy the following aims of the IBDP Science curriculum:
Aim 7: “develop and apply 21st century communication skills in the study of science.”
Aim 8: “become critically aware, as global citizens, of the ethical implications of using science and technology.”
Aim 10: “develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on other areas of knowledge”.
The Biology, Chemistry and Physics students came together to explore a topic of their choice on the theme of BAD SCIENCE.
The topics chosen are listed below
- Extra sensory Perception- Can you feel someone staring at you?
- Does blood type determine personality?
- Does your name determine your success in life?
- Homeopathy: Does water have a memory?
- The Facts of Fracking: is fracking safe?
- Brain Gym: Can exercise make you smarter?
- The” fake” PhD Doctor: Can you trust the food claims made by so called experts?
- Cell phone radiation: Do cell phones produce enough radiation to make popcorn pop?
The students investigated their chosen topic and shared their results with all grade 11 students on Friday afternoon.
The students designed ingenious experiments, carried out comprehensive data analysis, made informative white board animations and even composed a scientifically correct song on blood types.
To finish of the day the students reflected on what they learnt and completed the Group 4 Reflection activity.
The grade 11 students have come to the end of the first year of the IB Diploma Programme and are well placed for success in Grade 12.