Year 12 recently completed their Group 4 Experimental Science project as part of Secondary student development week.

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The Group 4 project involves students from all the different IB Science disciplines (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems and Design Technology) working collaboratively on a research question of their choice, based on a chosen theme.

The aim is to allow for concepts and perceptions from across the disciplines to be shared, and the theme for this year’s project was ‘survival’.

The Group 4 project allows students to appreciate the environmental, social and ethical implications of science and technology and also allows them to understand some of the limitations of scientific study.

Science in the real world is a collaborative activity requiring good communication and social skills. This project allows the students from all Group 4 subjects to work together on a problem which they have defined together in their interdisciplinary groups and which they investigate in a ‘real life’ context or environment using the skills and knowledge they have gained from all Group 4 subjects.

To make the project more challenging we ask students to create an exhibition of their work and we invite members of the public and students of all ages, including primary students, to visit the exhibition. This requires our IB students to present their findings in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences.

This is always the most pleasing aspect of the annual group 4 project as BISP students always manage to do this really well. Their patience and imagination in explaining their ideas to the youngest students in the school is a pleasure to behold!

For more information, contact Iain Richardson: [email protected]