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MYP Program Science Year 4

MYP Science Year 4


  • The Middle Years Programme (MYP) sciences framework encourages students to investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation, working independently and collaboratively.


  • As they investigate real examples of science application, students will discover the tensions and dependencies between science and morality, ethics, culture, economics, politics, and the environment.

Scientific inquiry fosters critical and creative thinking about research and design.

How do we define life?

Scholars observed the euglena carrying out life functions that all organisms must do to be considered living. They created testable questions to determine whether or not euglena will respond if their nutrient (light) is limited. They observed the euglena's response to amounts of limited light. This demonstration allowed scholars to see two of the seven life functions carried out by the euglena. Scholars inquired about possible uses of euglena which led to a discussion about the current research surrounding euglena and its potential use as a jet fuel source and nutritional supplement.