Career Counselling in Science

Over the last two months, Grade 7 students have studied the atomic models, the subatomic particles, the periodic table and the reasons elements are arranged in groups and periods.

After the extensive studies of the periodic trends, they were given a project: Research an element and write its CV (Curriculum Vitae) and motivation letter. These two should clearly show, why the element should be a Periodic Table employee.

The project did not only improve the Grade7 students’ research skills but also did equip them with some life skills in writing CV and motivation letters. Here is an example of a motivation letter and a CV for silver:

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Practice Expedition #1

This month 11 Grade 10 students undertook their first practice expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

They started out at Mosbach Station where they were given their tents and Trangias to pack into their rucksacks along with their sleeping bags, mats and food.  Then they went off following their planned routes.

The weather was exceptional and the students challenged themselves walking to the lunch spot to pick up some water and have a have a short break.  They continued onto the campsite  where they collected firewood to make a campfire, set up their tents and cooked themselves their dinner with the Trangias (for which we give thanks to the PTG for purchasing).

After a nights rest, the next morning they woke up early to cook themselves a good hearty breakfast, packed up their gear and set off on completing the reminder of their planned walk back to Mosbach and catch the train home.

The students reflected on the positive experiences that they had and how they are looking forward to the next practice expedition which will be over two nights in early June with the final expedition at the end of June just before the end of the school year.

SAB

 

H.I.S. Talk

International Mindedness on Medical Consent

The Grade 10 students took part in a debate as part of library and literacy week.  They debated the following question: “Should scientists be allowed to use a person’s tissues or cells for research without that person’s consent?” Students had studied this issue through the life story of Henrietta Lacks and her HeLa cells.

The debate was lively and animated with every Grade 10 student having the chance to speak.  Between each group speaking there was an opportunity to ask questions from the panel (Grade 10) as well as the audience (Grade 9).  This resulted in some excellent questions being asked which at times challenged the speakers.

Questions led to discussions about another area that the students had been asked to research: Whether society is indebted to Henrietta Lacks for her HeLa cells. The discussion that followed also raised further questions about science, ethics, and racism within healthcare as another of the key questions was whether we are we all created equal?

Grade 10 will now use the information gathered through their research and this discussion and put themselves in the role of a policy writer in the World Health Organisation. They will develop, write, and refine a policy document on inequalities in healthcare around the world.

SAB & FL