Year 12 IB Chemistry Investigations

December 10, 2020 at 8:30 AM

From testing the amount of vitamin C in substances to determining the number of copper ions in bananas, our Year 12 International Baccalaureate Chemistry students put their skills to the test and carried out their own investigations as part of their Science Group 4 subject.

Students spent Term 4 designing their method and had up to 10 hours to use their chemistry knowledge, and experiment and analytical skills to carry out their investigation to reach a valid conclusion.

Once their experiments were completed, the students were required to write and present their findings in a written report. They were then assessed by their teachers on their engagement, exploration, analysis, evaluation, and overall communication - contributing to 20% of their final grade for this subject.

Science investigations are highly beneficial for our students as they help to develop resourcefulness, particularly skills in designing, planning, and problem-solving. Investigations nurture intellectual curiosity, assisting focused students to acquire new ways of asking questions and understanding the world, and they enable our budding scientists to address issues or challenges that impact our wider community.

All students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and achieved great results. Well done!

International Baccalaureate at the College

Students entering Year 12 at Saint Kentigern College have a choice of qualifications. They may choose to continue with NCEA or elect to enter the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP); a two-year course that leads to a qualification internationally recognised by universities around the globe.

IBDP students study six subjects (usually one selected from each subject group). The IBDP curriculum contains six subject groups and the compulsory 'Core' subjects that are central to the philosophy of the Diploma: The Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Activity and Service.

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