Making Science Real by Doing Field Research

Making Science Real by Doing Field ResearchThis spring, grade 9 students had the opportunity to apply their learning by carrying out genuine field research on Nanshan, the mountain that overlooks Shekou.

The field trip was a culminating activity for the biodiversity and ecosystems unit. Students spent the day on the mountain recording detailed observations about the plant and animal life of the mountain and the myriad of interactions occurring between living things and their environment.

Students collaborated with each other and their teachers to share and organize their findings. Upon their return to school the grade 9 students used their data to formulate a conclusion with which to answer the essential question of the unit: “Is Nanshan a healthy ecosystem?” Critical thinking was essential in order to form scientifically logical inferences with which to explain the many observations students made.

While many students had climbed the mountain before with family or friends, this was the fist time that they had been asked to focus so intently on their surroundings and to think like scientists as they hiked. As a result, they were able to see the world in a different way and returned to SIS with a new appreciation of the value and importance of a place like Nanshan.

Being able to leave the classroom behind and apply learning to the real world is an essential part of science and in a large urban setting like Shenzhen,  SIS is fortunate to be at the doorstep of this wonderful natural area.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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