For those who have the desire and will to cultivate professional interests even more.
What to do when this year’s study trip is cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic? Well, local attractions can give learning experiences no less inspiring and thought provoking than more distant ones, and a 30 minutes drive from Grenaa Gymnasium is Ree Park Safari, a 125 hectares park focusing on vulnerable species from several continents.
So, all IB2 students visited the park for a full school day to learn about not only hunting behavior of lions and cheetas and how to identify a scull, but also about evolution and conservation efforts. What made the experience special was of course the opportunity to observe the animals at very close range.
This great opportunity arose due to the dissertation project of senior biology student at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Louise Flemmer. She is investigating the effect of external learning environments like Ree Park on upper-secondary students’ learning and interest in biology as a field of science.
“Louise Flemmer made a great effort and gave our students a challenging, rewarding and re-freshing day away from the class rooms and books,” IB Coordinator Eike Strandsby explains. “And we look forward to offering Grenaa Gymnasium’s biology classes the same opportunity in the coming months, she adds.”