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Posted by Dr Suzuki on Friday, February 7, 2020
On Friday January 31st, 24 students from Yokohama Science Frontier High School (YSFHS) joined the combined Grade 7 classes from Saint Maur in a collaborative activity to build a catapult. Teams competed to build the most accurate catapult from a variety of resources (paper cups, rubber bands, straws, string etc.) Prizes were awarded for accuracy, design and good team spirit. Saint Maur students had an enjoyable time hosting the YSFHS visitors. As well as working hard on their projects, they... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019
During the summer vacation, Yokohama Science Frontier High School (YSFH) kindly invited a Grade 12 student to experience life as a Japanese high school student.  This was just one of the many events organized as part of the Saint Maur – YSFH collaboration. In the following article, the student reflects on this worthwhile experience. Glancing over at my phone for what felt like the 20th time, I checked that I was on the right train. Today, June 24, was the first day of school. The first day at... Read More
Posted by Dr Guillaume Erard on Tuesday, June 4, 2019
The yearly visit of the Yokohama campus of the RIKEN Research Institute has now become somewhat of a tradition and it is truly one of the highlights for IB Biologists. This year, we brought this collaboration one step further with the visit of one of RIKEN Yokohama's senior scientists, Dr Todd Duane Taylor, who gave our IB Biologists and Physicists a lecture about handling and curating the ever increasing amount of scientific data generated worldwide. Dr Taylor earned his Ph.D. in genetics... Read More
Posted by Mary-Anne Suzuki on Wednesday, April 24, 2019
On Wednesday 10th April twenty one excited students from Grade 3 paid a visit to Dr. Suzuki in the Chemistry Lab. The excursion was the top prize for achieving a ‘blackout’ in the PSG Bingo and was won by a Grade 3 student. Students participated in a variety of demonstrations and carried out some of their own practical work. They learned about the importance of obtaining scientific evidence to distinguish between gases that looked the same. They collected hydrogen gas and found out that it... Read More
Posted by Anna Novick on Thursday, March 14, 2019
Each year, students in Grades 6 and 7 apply their scientific knowledge and skills in an in-depth investigation of a scientific topic of their choice. Please join us at the Middle School Science Fair on Friday, May 17th when this year’s cohort will present their scientific findings to the community. We are fortunate to welcome students from Yokohama Science Frontier High School who have offered their expert evaluation of our students’ work over the years. The purpose of this project to give... Read More
Posted by Dr Erard on Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Over the past few years, the Science Department has been producing a number of videos presenting some of the various experimental techniques routinely used in its labs. The initiative was started by a group of IB students who wished to share their experience and newly acquired skills with fellow scientists. Some of the resulting videos have proven quite successful, reaching way beyond the Saint Maur community. For instance the Bacterial Isolation video reached over 41,000 views on YouTube and... Read More
Posted by Guillaume Erard on Friday, March 1, 2019
Saint Maur International School's yearly visit to the RIKEN Yokohama Campus took place on Monday, February 25th. This is one of several opportunities for our IB Biologists to connect with the world of research and academia, and to discover the making of cutting edge science. Sixteen of our Grade 11 Biology (SL and HL) students made their way to the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, located in Tsurumi, Yokohama. They were invited to listen to a lecture by Dr Zarnad Ahmad, a... Read More
Posted by M.A. Suzuki - Head of Science on Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Six students from Yokohama Science Frontier High School (YSFH) visited Saint Maur between November 14th – 16th as part of the annual exchange programme. The students followed their Grade 10 and 11 hosts and as well as taking a keen interest in how Science is taught at Saint Maur, participated in the full range of regular classes and activities. The event provided students with the opportunity to find out about the differences between the Japanese education system and life at an International... Read More
Posted by Dr Guillaume Erard on Wednesday, November 21, 2018
The Science Department recently welcomed back one the Saint Maur graduate from the 1995 class. Dr Vanessa Sancho-Shimizu kindly took on some of her time off visiting relatives in Japan to give a presentation to our Grade 11 Biology students about her work on the study of genetics in order to understand Human health and disease. After graduating from Saint Maur, Dr Sancho-Shimizu attended McGill University in Montreal, where she obtained her BSc degree. She then moved to Paris to undertake... Read More
Posted by Gilles Gaury on Thursday, May 24, 2018
In 1998, Ben Lecomte swam across the Atlantic Ocean in support of cancer research as a tribute to his father. Despite being followed by a shark for five days, being stung by jellyfish, and being completely exhausted, Ben successfully completed the swim in 73 days. This time, The Longest Swim will be the 1st attempt to swim across the Pacific Ocean. After his daily 8-hour swim, Ben will jump onboard the support sailing yacht “Discoverer” to eat, rest and spend time with the crew. The crew will... Read More