How does temperature affect candle wax softness? How does soil disturbance affect permeability by water? How does temperature affect the ripening of bananas? These were just some of the questions answered during this year’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Science Symposium on Thursday, January 18, 2018.
The projects are a requirement for IB diploma candidates and are usually completed during a student’s junior or senior year. The project requires students to work in groups of three or four and go through the entire scientific process. The groups are in-charge of their own projects, developing the ideas, experiments, and research methods.
During the symposium, groups must explain what they tried to do, the process they went through, and what data they collected. Students receive feedback from teachers and peers during their presentations.
The next step in earning the IB science diploma, is an independent project also based on the scientific method that students will complete later this year.