Apple Maps service loses train stations, shrinks tower and creates new airport

  A new mapping service was rolled out as part of Apple’s long-awaited software upgrade to iOS6, just before it began selling the iPhone 5. However, customers have complained that the new service is littered with major geographical errors and lacks many of the features offered by Google’s older mapping facility. Within minutes of the launch of the iOS6 operating system, which comes preloaded with Apple Maps, users were reporting that London had been relocated to Ontario, Paddington station had vanished, ...

The oldest oxygen on the planet?

The BBC continue to churn out high quality science documentaries. The latest to hit our screens started on Tuesday night - 'How To Grow A Planet'. Presented by the charismatic Professor Iain Stewart. One interesting clip from last nights episode is shown below - the production of oxygen (by electrolysis) from iron oxide. The clip skips around the chemistry (disappointingly) but it makes quite interesting viewing: lwMkS8WixyI You could ask your class to see if they could reproduce this experiment using their current knowledge ...

‘Short+Sweet’ – India notebook #2

The other day one of my students invited me to attend the 'Short+Sweet' Theatre festival she was participating in. I went along to the NCPA (National Centre for Performing Arts) at Nariman Point, Mumbai, to be introduced to a whole new world of plays. The 'Short+Sweet' festivals have been running for about the last ten years. They started in Melbourne, Australia, with some new plays and inexperienced performers, putting 10 minute plays on stage. This idea, to introduce new writing, and ...

Summer Inspiration – Mobile Phone Projects – Nexus One…

Well the summer is almost fully upon us - and thoughts maybe turning to Internal Assessments and projects that we can change or run through next year. One excellent IA which can bring in a number of unit areas including :- 1) Design Process - with such areas as incremental, divergent, convergent thinking etc... 2) Product Innovation - looking at innovation and how mobile phones are placed into markets... 6) Product Design - ergonomics and anthropometrics a great area to base an IA ...

IA Design

Following on from the previous blog I would like to focus on the Design criteria of internal assessment. I often feel that students fail to appreciate scientific methodology as a process whereby once a conclusion is drawn from data collected, others revisit the experiment to test and verify the claims. Therefore it is essential that the experiment is written in such a way that it can be accurately repeated. I show the video below at the beginning of the year. zcavPAFiG14 REseaRCh QueSTioN Students ...

Design, aspect 3

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Today we will focus on Design, Aspect 3. In order to achieve a 'c in this aspect, the student must write a detailed method. The emphasis is on the word detailed. The student should essentially be able to give another IB Chemist the method and they would be able to carry it out. Often, methods are not detailed enough. For example, in a cell reaction lab the student writes 'connect the voltmeter and record the voltage' - there is not enough detail ...

Design Aspect 1

  Today we will look at Design aspect 1. This criteria is really split into two parts - the research question and the variables. To obtain a 'c', the student needs to produce a focused research question. A research question along the lines of 'How does  concentration effect cell voltage?' would not be considered focused enough - this would be awarded a 'p'. A more focused question would talk about 'How do concentrations of 0.1, 0.2, .0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 mol dm-3 copper sulfate ...

Invention, Innovation & Design

The definition of invention in the IB Design Technology Diploma Guide Glossary is the process of discovering a principle - a technical advance in a particular field often resulting in a novel product. So an inventor may have an idea for a new product but these ideas themselves do not constitute an invention until they are transformed into something more tangible such as a model or a prototype. The general conditions applying to a patent for an invention are that ...