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Busting Myths Can Be Fun!

Friday, 20 January, 2017

The group 4 project is an interdisciplinary activity in which all Diploma Programme science students must participate. The intention is that students from the different group 4 subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics at BBIS) analyse a common topic or problem. The exercise should be a collaborative experience where the emphasis is on the processes involved in, rather than the products of, such an activity.

Working collaboratively inn this way allows for concepts and perceptions from across the disciplines to “develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on other areas of knowledge”.

On Thursday and Friday this week, the Grade 11 IBDP students worked in cross-disciplinary groups (biologists / chemists / physicists) to investigate some scientific myths. Some of those being challenged were that:

Lemon juice is more acidic than lime juice;

If a piece of bread falls on to the floor, it will it remain germ-free if picked up in less than five seconds;

Females are better at multi-tasking than males.

If a person listens to music whilst typing, the faster the music the faster the typing and just as accurate;

Out of white, milk and dark chocolate, white chocolate melts first;

The warmer the current of air the faster it will dry a paper towel;

Bread always falls Nutella-side down.

While these investigations might seem simple, the group 4 project allows students to appreciate the environmental, social and ethical implications of science and technology. It might also allow them to understand the limitations of scientific study, for example, the shortage of appropriate data, the necessity to consider a range of variables and /or the lack of resources to complete the experiment effectively.

From what I could see and hear, the students were completely engaged in their investigations which also appeared to be a lot of fun!