Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Group 4 Project

The Group 4 Project took place this past Saturday for IB students and teachers. The Group 4 Project is a requirement for students in an IB science class. It takes place every other year with both the Secondary III and Secondary IV. Students, in groups of six or so, prepare, design, conduct, and finally, present an experiment which will be graded and calculated into their IB grade .

The Group 4 Project is a 10 plus hour assessment.  The majority of the assessment took place from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm this past Saturday. This year it was decided that the prompt would be to observe the various choices of food items presented to a random group of individuals.

The groups of students prepared various food items then they offered the items to individuals at the Junior Soccer League, observing which choices were made. Some of the differences were in shape, size, color and decoration, as well as flavor. Brownies, cupcakes, cheeses, and pancakes were presented to the Junior Soccer parents and bystanders.

It was an enjoyable experience, and the students involved seemed to appreciate the opportunity to put science into action, but from talking to some of them, and I agree, I don't think that we will be having sweets any time soon. For more information on what the Group 4 Project is all about, or any specifics on this years’ results, you can contact Mr. Armstrong, Mr. Plasil, or Ms. Kitchens or any of the IB students. 

- Tim Roby