IB science student present results of original experiments in annual poster session
The fifth annual IB higher-level science poster session took over the Estes Athletic Center on the morning of Wednesday, January 11. About a dozen students in IB Higher Level biology and physics classes presented the results of their original internal assessment lab experiments. Students in standard level science interviewed each presenter in order to begin to make their own plan for an independent project later this winter. Topics included:
The Effect of Radial Distance on Potential Energy
The Relation Between Aleles in the Equine X Chromosome and the Racing Records of Triple Crown Racehorse Progeny
The Effect of Alcohol Content on Simulated Blood Plasma Water Content
Harmonic Frequency and Standing Waves
The Effect of Potential Difference on the Illuminance Emitted from a Light Bulb
The Effect of Solvent Types on Pigment Separation
“It has been so rewarding to see these students develop and grow over the past four years,” said Kasie Kemp, head of the science department. “Seeing their investment and ownership of their knowledge, learning to ask the right questions, and having the creativity to take something very complex and turn it into a controlled experiment.”
International Baccalaureate (IB) courses emphasize a unique mix of intellectual challenge, intercultural understanding and respect, and independent research. The program academically prepares the student for the rigors of college. Completion of the full Diploma Programme or of individual IB courses can also give students advanced standing in college, count toward college credit and an advantage in the college admission process.
Higher Level (HL) IB courses encompass material requiring 240 teaching hours and two years of extensive study.
In 1994 Trinity Episcopal School became the first school in the Richmond Metropolitan Area authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a course of study designed for highly motivated students in the 11th and 12th grades. Trinity is still the only independent school in the area to offer the IB Diploma Programme.