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As an introduction of chemical kinetics in IB Chemistry, our students conducted an experiment to track the fermentation of yogurt by measuring the concentration of lactic acid over time.

Following the scientific method, the session finished with a discussion of the results, the controls needed to perform it in a scientific way, errors involved in the process of analysis, and suggestions for improvements.

This is an example of how we educate and prepare our students for the challenges they’ll face in the future, no matter what career or university course they choose. By following the scientific method, carrying out controls, identifying errors, and coming up with improvements, students not only improve their understanding of the subject matter, but they also work on key transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, and leadership.