Date published: Thu 22 Jun 2017
Author: S. Lawson
This year, Whitgift’s Lower Sixth Form IB students were tasked with the ‘Cool it!’ challenge, for their Group 4 Project. Each year, the IB students demonstrate their creativity in the field of science, as they collaborate to respond to a new challenge.
Inspiration for this year’s theme came from a webclip outlining the reality of how much energy the world is expending on cooling. Split into research groups, they each designed a topical experiment with the aim of demonstrating international awareness of the issue, as well as entertaining and educating their fellow students, teachers and visitors with their final presentations; and all this, completed in around 10 hours of work.
As Whitgift’s Head of Science, Mr Paul Elliott explains, though a lot of us might take for granted luxuries like air-conditioning, fridges and freezers; and not think twice about supermarkets transporting and storing chilled and frozen foods from all over the world, a large proportion of the world does not share such amenities. The benefits of adequate refrigeration across the globe would be considerable – better food storage could allow nearly one billion more people to be well-fed, and essential medication could be cooled, stored and delivered to those in need but unable to get to a hospital; thus, an inspiring topic for the students to get their teeth (and minds!) into.
The project work culminated in an afternoon showcase, where the student groups each demonstrated their experiments to an audience of teachers, visitors and their peers, explaining the theory behind their ideas. After an impressive array of business presentations, one group in particular stood out for their simplicity and experimental integrity that led to a viable and manageable solution to keeping things cool. Working under the group name, ‘Pot in a pot’, Group B, consisting of Adam Bambroffe, Keshav Krishnan, Lucas Lygoe and Miles Rostron Smith (as Group CEO), was voted as the winning group. Miles enthusiastically described the Group 4 project work as “the best thing we have done all year!”
Group A came in second, with one of the more scientific solutions, devised by students Max Anderson, James Brook, Connor Head and Joseph Pett; and third place went to Group E with their well-designed non-electrical fridge that relied on an endothermic reaction to create cold temperatures, the brain-child of Dominic Alting Von Geusau, Wil Anderson, Daniel Barnes and Seleso Sepanya. Overall, an excellent display of hard work and interesting, thought-provoking concepts; IB Coordinator, Mr Sam Thater, commented, “Excellent ideas presented with great enthusiasm – a great showcase for IB”.