ESS students test soil quality at Wells Bang Na Farm
Project-based Learning with Environmental Systems and Societies in collaboration with Wells Bang Na Campus
In September, the grade 11 and 12 students of Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) course collaborated with Wells Bang Na campus to investigate the soil quality of their farm. Each year, Bang Na students plant various crops with their teachers at the farm next to Wells kindergarten building with varying success in productivity. Presented with the problem of improving crop productivity, Wells On Nut Campus students prepared an investigation into the qualities of soil to determine appropriate steps that may be taken at the Bang Na campus farm.
The collaboration was led by grade 12 students, who designed the investigation as preparation for their IB Internal Assessment (IA) under their instructor Mr. Chase, after an initial visit to the Bang Na farm in early September. Grade 11 ESS students undertook the investigation in four teams to collect soil samples throughout the various crop beds and carry out soil tests in the lab. Soil samples were also collected and will be returned to the Biology and Chemistry labs for further analysis. For the final step, a presentation will be created to inform the Bang Na students and teachers of the findings and suggestions for how the Bang Na campus farm will be able to improve crop productivity. We will look forward to sharing that news in a future post!