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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
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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
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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

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