Academics: students test research skills with IA projects
Higher-level IB biology students recently had the chance to test their skills during Internal Assessments (IA), demonstrating what they have learned through research, communication, thinking, social and self-management skills. Students covered a wide range of topics, including the antibacterial properties of toothpaste, the effect of road salts on plant growth, and the biodiversity of mollusk species at Halifax beaches.
The project kicked off in September, when students picked their topics, developed research questions and designed experiments to collect quantitative data. In the months following, they completed trial runs and used a variety of lab equipment to collect the data needed. As they wrapped up their research, students presented their results in a formal written lab report, giving them the chance to show off their hard work.
Standard-level students will begin this process in January 2020.