The fourth day of Science Week was unusually rich in experiments of various kinds. Section 5M1 saw how simple components such as vinegar, vegetable oil, soda, water, and lemon can be combined to make fascinating things, such as invisible ink derived from lemon juice.
During their first scientific experiments, ILS' youngest students (ages 5 to 7) learned about various properties of soil, under the guidance of biologist Dr. Viktoria Semal. The students learned, for example, that soil cannot be rolled into a ball if it contains too much sand.
Seventh graders continued to learn about virtual reality from IB Program math teacher Maria Snitko, while 9th graders were fascinated by chemical experiments presented by section 11M students. Under the guidance of chemist Dr. Andrei Artemyanov, the older students taught their younger schoolmates about the chemical reactions that occur during plant photosynthesis and how the color of flame changes depending on the material being burnt.
ILS 9th graders presented another set of fascinating projects, including “Grigory Rasputin: visionary healer or charlatan?”; “Teenage morals and moral principles”; “A business plan for creating a small business”; “The impact of English borrowings on the Japanese language”; and “Factors leading to myopia among school students”. Each project was well conceived and carefully executed, involving source study and thorough analysis.
Once again, the day ended with an intellectual games tournament, this time among 7th graders, who competed with each other in the areas of information technology, physics, and mathematics. Section 7M1 was the winner by a wide margin.
"Science week has been quite productive thus far," notes ILS Deputy Principal Marina Artemenko. "Students have acquired a great deal of valuable knowledge, have taken field trips to the Oceanarium and Regional TV company OTV Prim, and have learned about the work being done by the Far Eastern Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences. I believe that each event of science week has made a strongly positive impression on our students."