IB Group 4 Project.
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The Group 4 Project is a student generated, student planned, student produced, interdisciplinary investigation. The Group 4 Project is a requirement for all diploma and certificate students enrolled in an IB science course. It is normally done during the grade 11 or 12 years so that all participants can draw on their comprehensive knowledge and lab experience to develop a meaningful investigation.a. Student generated—The students choose the topic to be studied. The topic needs to be narrow enough to be planned and studied in 10 hours of work and broad enough so that all disciplines of science can be included.
b. Student planned—The students determine the research topic, state the problem, make a hypothesis, determine what specific investigations are going to be done within the research topic chosen, and plan the procedure, including determining materials and selecting variables.
c. Student produced—Group 4 students do the research, investigation, and the final write-up, presentation, or documentation.d. Interdisciplinary—Students from all 3 science disciplines taught at OIS come together to investigate the topic chosen. Students plan to place their enrolled Group 4 subject as the emphasis of their final product, but are encouraged to work across the disciplines and include as much science as possible.The Project consists of 5 main phases. During these initial discussions, group leaders generally emerge.
A. Effects of various water born pollutants on the respiration rate of aquatic organisms goldfish.
B. Air quality and the effects on the physiology of a human during exercise.
C. Relationships between CO2 production, auto engine displacement, and RPM of engine operation.
Some times there were consultations about last minute modifications to procedure.
The students soon discovered that while they can be useful tools for collecting data, the CBL systems can also be frustrating when they do not perform as planned.
Sometimes taking more readings still does not result in useable data.
Then an alternate method may need to be found. Is this what the IB and OIS student learning results mean when they say students should be adaptable?
Of course, goldfish can not always be counted on to cooperate by breathing at a constant rate or even for data to be accurately gathered.
a physics lesson in refraction.
inadvertent refraction demonstrations.
test their hypothesis about air quality and physiology . At
least this time he is running in the relatively clean air rather
than the exhaust fume laden air.
ready for the blood pressure and pulse checks.
Finding particulate pollution on the filter mask was probably the hardest part of data analysis for this team.