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IP Science Fair

3 January 2018

If I could describe the IB Science Fair in just one word it would be eye-opening. To be frank, I wasn’t expecting such work from students who are at the beginning of embarking on their research journey to be this perplexing, but each and every person that contributed to it did not only fascinate me, but opened my eyes to a whole new world of research. It all started when my class and I started pondering over a question that has always left us wondering, or a question we thought was beneficial enough to turn it into a research projects. At first, we were a bit lost, we though that these questions we had in mind weren't "worthy" of being a research project. For instance, I've always wondered why are people obsessed with whitening their teeth? How can we keep our teeth clean while still using products that do not damage them or contain toxic ingredients? These thoughts were always wandering in my mind, I collected them all turned it into one simple research question. Throughout our journey, we went through searching for ways to interpret our question into an experiment, we wanted to do something that would fascinate everyone while still looking like professionals when presenting our idea. Some of us even contacted doctors that have an experience in the field of study we are trying to tackle. Some made surveys to use pure and realistic information to conclude their idea. We had so many creative ideas that we knew should be used to show that even if we are amateurs in researching, we still can implement our greatest potential in our projects. Although the day of the fair might have been my favorite day since not only because I would finally present my idea after months of working on it, but it was when a special guest started opening my eyes about how amazing research is. When Dr. Hiba el Hajj started telling us about her experience, and how challenging it was for her to achieve her ambitions, but what truly captivated me was her perseverance and how she fought hard to face such an obstacle, and now there are so many incredible people that follow in her footsteps. The various of posters done by the 10IP class showed how much each one of the students has a deep understanding about research and science itself. They demonstrated how you can turn any topic into something that is specific and interesting. Each topic they chose really did expand my knowledge about some things I did not know about. To add on to that, the students who collaborated in this event did not just stick to one theme or way of presentation, on the contrary it varied between posters to actual demonstrations, a full gallery walk of different science projects and even speeches. Although the presentation that really kept me fascinated and intrigued was one of the 12IP students that linked science to politics and that really showed how in depth our mind can go and dig deep. All in all, this event was truly eye-opening because it shows that science can be linked to everything. Always question and wonder since that is what Dr. Hiba el Hajj did; she pondered of one simple question and now she is one of the most clever and successful scientists in the world.

Mona Chehade – 10IP
Edited by Roweida Bawab