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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
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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
Posted by Dr Erard on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Thanks to an ongoing effort to communicate about its many activities, the Science Department has been generating more and more interest from fellow scientists in Japan and abroad. We were recently contacted by Dr Tucker Gilman, a biologist at the University of Manchester, who kindly offered us to present his work to our students. Dr Gilman and one of his graduate students, Ms Rebecca Lewis, came to our school on Friday 18th of May and gave our Grade 11 IB Biologists a 1-hour presentation of... Read More
Posted by Anna Novick on Monday, May 21, 2018
Each year in semester 2, the grade six and seven students work in pairs or groups of up to four to design and carry out an investigation of their choice in order to practice and build upon their scientific skills. This year’s cohort presented the results of their investigations to the community, including students from Yokohama Science Frontier High School, on Friday, May 11th. While the students have an opportunity to earn a prize or the quality of their research, the purpose of this... Read More
Posted by Dr Suzuki- Head of Science on Friday, April 13, 2018
The Grade 6 and 7 Science Fair will take place on Friday May 11th in the Science Centre. All parents and students are welcome on Period 6 (2:25 to 3:20). To avoid congestion, the following viewing rota has been setup for students (parents can attend at any time during this period): 1st session 2:25 - 2:50 pm - Grade 8 and Grade 9 2nd Session 2:55 - 3:20 pm - Grade 5 and Grade 11 We will also welcome guests from Yokohama Science Frontier High School. Our students are looking forward to share... Read More
Posted by Mary Anne Suzuki - Head of Science on Thursday, April 12, 2018
In October of last year (2017) the Science Department was in panic! The water still for preparing distilled water had broken down irretrievably. In constant use since the original purchase in 2004 it chose the moment before the IB Biology Individual Investigations to stop working. Faced with purchasing large volumes of distilled water at great expense from the chemical supplier or replacing the machine with a new one to supply distilled water more cheaply in-house, the Science Department looked... Read More
Posted by Dr Guillaume Erard on Tuesday, April 3, 2018
On Monday 19th of March, a group of 21 IB Biology students from Saint Maur International School led by Ms Novick and Dr Erard visited the Yokohama Campus of RIKEN (Rikagaku Kenkyūsho, 理化学研究所), a multidisciplinary research organization that is engaged in a broad variety of research within natural sciences. Founded in 1917, RIKEN is a principally state-funded (approximately 88 billion Yen annually) institution that conducts research within a number of scientific disciplines ranging from physics... Read More
Posted by Karen Marina Sato & Pyokyeong Son on Thursday, November 2, 2017
Karen's Report: From the moment I set foot into the YSFH campus, I was in awe of the facility and the number of labs they had. Ayane, who was my guide for the three days warmed me with open arms, and so did everyone else. She told me about the school, and showed me around the campus, explaining what kind of experiments were done at each lab. Seeing people at the same age as me who are also equally interested in science as I am, working diligently in their labs and writing up reports sparked a... Read More
Posted by Mary Suzuki - Head of Science on Monday, October 30, 2017
Saint Maur International School welcomed six students from Yokohama Science Frontier high School (YSFH) to take part in the practical phase of the IB Group 4 (Science/IT) project, held at the Saint Maur Science Centre on 20th October 2017. Grade 12 students formed inter-disciplinary Science groups and investigated a topic of their choice on the theme of ‘uncertainty’. Students designed the experimental protocol themselves, set up the apparatus, recorded data and wrote up a short report on their... Read More

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