Social Justice Speaker

On Wednesday the Social Justice and Equity Council held a Table Talk on international development and the social impacts of sexual abuse. The discussion was lead by guest speaker Zoe Chung, who worked with the NGO Eve for Life in Jamaica as a Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Specialist.

Genetic Controversy

On Friday, the Grade 12 Biology students were treated to a presentation on CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing. After learning about the biochemical mechanisms behind the insertion and excision of genes, students then discussed the moral and ethical consequences of utilizing this technology, encompassing everything  from “beefed-up” cows to genetically modified babies. As this technology becomes more effective, the same discussions held …

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Using a Colorimeter

The grade 12 chemistry students completed their first lab of the year. Students prepared standard solutions of Copper (II) Sulfate and performed five 10 mL serial dilutions. The different solutions were then placed into a colorimeter to find a simplified version of Beer-Lambert’s Law. Beer Lambert’s Law was used to find the concentration of an unknown sample.

Quantum Mechanics Lab

On the last day of school, grade 12 AP Physics students collected data for their final lab on quantum mechanics. Three experiments, involving single-slit diffraction, black body radiation, and Planck’s constant were devised. After four months of grueling work and sleepless nights, the students can look forward to two weeks of relative comfort before they reach the final stretch.