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  1. Remember, we can't just give you a topic/question to write about. The history of science is incredibly broad. There has to be some independent thinking going into it. Think about why you're choosing to write a 4,000 word paper on the history of science. Do you want to go into a scientific career at some point? Is there a field of science that interests you? You're going to spend too much time on this for it to not interest you at all. Have you thought about doing a group 4 EE? If you can't jot down inspirations or a list of reasons why you want to do an EE specifically about the "history of science", instead of the science itself, you may want to focus on something else.
  2. you may want to look into the scopes monkey trial
  3. Think about what makes an environmentally conscious person and ask questions based on that. There are a lot of ecological footprint quizzes online. I don't think you would score well if you were to just ask people to take one of these, but it could give you an idea of where to start your research. Topic 1 has a lot of information about environmental values systems that could be incorporated. One might hypothesize that the younger generation would be more economically conscious because of increased access to knowledge about environmental issues through the internet, but someone else might think that the younger generation can't afford to be environmentally conscious right now. Maybe, the answer you find from your data lies somewhere in between? If possible, it would be really interesting to compare the gaps between different countries. There are a lot of databases online with global statistics that could be used to have a more developed argument in your paper.
  4. I wrote my extended essay on students in the anti-war movement and came across a lot of information about the media's roll. If you can, visit a local university and spend a couple of days or so just looking at what they have in their history libraries. A lot of my sources came from a university in my city. JSTOR is an online storage for past and present journals, which I depended heavily on, as well. As part of incorporating ToK into my history class, my school required us to record an interview of someone that went through a major historical event. The person I interviewed was a Vietnam war veteran that talked in part about how the media affected public opinion, which lead to poor treatment of the veterans returning home.
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    My IB coordinator and all of the history mentors told us to stay away from hypothetical situations, which sounds like where your research question is taking you. Maybe researching the effects of The Enigma Code and not the-hypothetical-situation-that-could-have-occurred-but-didn't. This might have been just a rule that my school made up, but they were very adamant about it, so I would definitely check with your EE mentor or IB coordinator before delving deeper into it.
  6. Doing an EE on a topic that is discussed in the IB curriculum is not going to fail your essay. Countless amounts of people have done an EE on WWII and the Holocaust, so make sure your discussion on the topic is somewhat unique and thorough and meets the criteria in the rubric. If you have further doubts, talk to you mentor; it's why they are there.
  7. Instead of doing different pollutants, you could do different pH levels? Pollutants can affect a water's pH, so it still ties into your original idea. I recommend doing more than one plant, so you can get more comprehensive data and it would differ more from the one in the OSC guide. I took ESS last and got a 7 on my IA with a somewhat similar topic. I used four different plants and a few different independent variables (+ a control group), so I got a large enough data set to work with and talk about trends between the different plants. I don't believe more marks are awarded, but that sounds like a question that your teacher might have more info on. Hope this helps!
  8. it might be interesting to take a random sample of some students and compare it to the teachers, so you could analyze the generational gap in environmental consciousness
  9. To my knowledge, we can't give you topic. My suggestion is to go through whatever textbook you use for the class and find something that interests you. For me, I used the Oxford Course Companion and ended up doing one IA on biodiversity in my area and one on plant growth. Talk with your teacher. I'm sure they can give you some advice to help you get started. Print the rubric out, annotate it to make sure you'll hit all of the criteria, and follow it religiously when you write the IA.
  10. Make sure all tables and graphs are labelled and easy to follow. Make sure to explain personal significance, why you chose the topic, how you made it your own, the methodology behind it, how your findings relate to known knowledge it the field, trends, limitations, etc. Basically, print the rubric, annotate it to make sure you hit each point, and follow it religiously.
  11. The IB program at my school partnered with a postcard website that sends you physical postcards with your own design and message. We separated into groups and wrote about issues that we cared about to send to government officials/organizations/people. Some of the groups wrote about human trafficking, climate change legislation, and refugee crises, so most of us got global value hours for that. I also am the leader of my school's pen pal club, and interactions from that counted towards it too.
  12. Of course! These are all of the Quizlets I can find that I used. The last one has over 400 terms. I made it while I was reading the course companion as a way to make sure I was comprehending the material, so I'm sure it's full of spelling and grammar errors. https://quizlet.com/_27zhwy, https://quizlet.com/_1q5c2j, https://quizlet.com/_fvlvp, https://quizlet.com/_1lejfy, https://quizlet.com/_1l3t8o, https://quizlet.com/_1i07ph, https://quizlet.com/_2answ2 This website was also helpful throughout the course: http://envirohome.wikispaces.com/A+LIVING+EARTH+MISSION. It goes through a lot of the major components of the course, including info on ESS EEs and IAs. I also used this website https://yesitsyomoma.wordpress.com/category/environmental-systems/. It's less organized than the wikispaces one, but it still has a good amount of info. There's also a community on Tumblr called studyblr with many active IB students in it that all have great resources. I just quickly searched 'ib ess' and found this masterpost of resources that looks really helpful: http://strawbaerrybaby.tumblr.com/post/105134156712/for-my-ib-ess-nerds. Leading up to the exam, I also did past papers from 2010 to 2015. I don't have copies of these, but try to search for them or ask your teacher if they have a copy because they were a lifesaver in trying to decide what I needed to focus my studying on. I hope this helps
  13. Maybe try to see the effects that size of ball/surface area could have in terms of air resistance? I don't know, but I'd be careful with this topic because many teachers and students have seen it because of the HKExcel video.
  14. I took the ESS exam this past May and got a 7. My main study tool was the Oxford course companion. Two weeks before the papers, I began to carefully read through the companion, taking notes on on the case studies and definitions. In these two weeks and throughout the course in general, I relied a lot on Quizlet and the YouTube channels Dan Dubay and NicheScience. Quizlet helped me a lot with definitions, which always, always show up on the papers. For example, here is a link to a Quizlet for the glossary terms found in the syllabus for the course: https://quizlet.com/_1dr29i. The YouTube videos give you break from constantly reading, but still allow you to absorb some of the material. And, be sure to do past papers! Hope this helps!