Practical activities are a required part of the IB ESS course, many of which may be conducted in a laboratory setting. A minimum of 20 teaching hours are dedicated to these activities.
A big part of what we’ll do in ESS is science in action, and by that I mean field work! Students enrolled in my ESS course will design, carry out, and evaluate investigations into local environmental attitudes, microclimate differences around campus and field stations, soil chemistry, biodiversity in tropical forests, invertebrate populations, and the impacts of soil, air, and water pollution in the Dar es Salaam metropolitan area.
The documents below are some of the practical activities we’ll cover in ESS. I originally designed them around the old syllabus, which means that the scoring rubrics provided are outdated. I will update these activities and rubrics as we progress through our course.
- IA – Abiotic Factors at IST
- IA – Dar Soils Lab
- IA – ESP Abiotic Factors Lab
- IA – ESP Diversity Lab
- IA – ESP Invertebrate Lab
- IA – Field Techniques
- IA – GPP, NPP, and R
- IA – Introduction to Biodiversity
- IA – Microclimate in the IST Science Garden
- IA – Optional Lab
- IA – Plant Monitoring
- IA – Pollution Lab
- IA – Soil Characteristics at IST