2 Overview – Extended essay in Science Excerpts from: International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Handbook Must take the form of a research paper involving a hypothesis, model, or critical analysis. Must demonstrate argumentation, comparison, or the extraction of relevant information or data. A correctly formatted and executed lab report could meet this criteria. Must have an emphasis on a specific branch of science--AND YOU MUST BE ENROLLED IN THE CLASS FOR WHICH YOU ARE WRITING AN EE! Biology, Chemistry, Physics
3 Overview – Extended essay in Science Excerpts from: International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Handbook The purpose SHOULD NOT BE to inform the reader about a specific topic, nor should it be a summary of the latest discoveries in the specific branch of science. You should be personally involved with the subject matter and not simply an informant. Performing an experiment will help to ensure your involvement.
4 Research Excerpts from: International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Handbook Different approaches to research CAN be taken. Data – based: location and extraction of raw or processed data, not collected directly by the student which is then further defined and analyzed. Experimental : design and implementation of an experiment, then personal collection and analysis of the data. Theoretical (numerical): development of a quantitative or semi-quantitative description of some physical phenomenon, exercise of the model, predictions about its behavior and limitations. Survey: formulation of a cohesive, ordered, analytical and supported (qualitative and quantitative) discussion of the topic. Combination: some combination of the approaches listed above.
5 Question: Should students be encouraged to do an original piece of research, or should they analyze (in a new way) data that someone has collected (e.g. data obtained from a previous research study that perhaps has been published in a journal)? If they use existing primary data, I’m assuming that they will carry out an actual experiment? Does it matter which approach I take?
6 First –hand Experiments Excerpts from: International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Handbook Choose sensible and feasible experiments that do not require extensive lengths of time for the construction of the apparatus. Highly sophisticated instruments are not required It is recommended that the research for the essay be carried out under the direction of a school supervisor. If, the research is carried out at a research institute or university under the guidance of an external supervisor then a cover letter outlining the nature of the supervision and the level of guidance provided.
7 First –Hand Experiments Excerpts from: International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Handbook Choose a research question that can be treated effectively within the word limit and is not of a trivial nature.
8 Research topics Excerpts from: International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Handbook Can be in the form of a question. Example: Do wine bottles of different shapes behave as helmholtz resonators? Can be presented as a statement or a hypothesis. The objective is to establish the relationship between power and temperature of an incandescent lamp.
9 Important Dates: November 25 th, 2013: Submission of 2 topics of interest due to Mrs. Yeokum. December 20 th, 2013: Supervisors announced on Managbac January 2 nd -17 th, 2014: Supervisor meeting #1. Have Research Question and supplemental readings ready for the interview. February 10 th -14 th, 2014: Supervisor meeting #2. Bring revised Research Question and further supplemental materials. 9
10 Important Dates: April 21 st -May 2 nd, 2014: Supervisor meeting #3. Have working bibliography Have a rough draft of experiment(s) Need to have researched materials list--Do we have what you need?! Order request due along with funds to purchase. June 2 nd -6 th, 2014: Supervisor meeting #4. Final draft of experiment due. Lab preparations finalized. Summer 2014: Conduct experiments. September 8 th -12 th, 2014: Rough Draft due. 10