BBIS students complete Interdisciplinary Units
As part of the Middle Years Programme, BBIS students complete a number of interdisciplinary units, in which they combine learning from two or more subjects. In MYP 5 (or grade 10), students explore energy issues from a variety of perspectives in the Sciences and Individuals and Societies. For example, in studying the physics behind getting the most energy out of a wind turbine and combining this with a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis in Business, students are able to better understand the benefits and long-term sustainable development of renewable energies within a real-world business context. Furthermore, students learn to appreciate the similarities and differences of studying the generation of electricity using different fruits and metals in Chemistry, combined with either a Geography perspective – which examines the implications of the mining of metals – or an Economics perspective – looking at negative externalities of supplying different metal/fruit combinations around the world.
Students work in groups and present the results of their studies and laboratory experiments to the school community in the style of research poster presentations at academic conferences. They are marked against four criteria: Disciplinary Grounding, Synthesizing, Communicating and Reflecting.