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Unveiling the World of Chemistry: The British School of Sofia's Approach to IB Chemistry Education

23 Jan 2024
British School of Sofia IB Chemistry Medicinal Chemistry Aspirin Synthesis Practical Learning NMR Analysis Esterification Reactions International Baccalaureate Program

At the British School of Sofia (BSS), we believe in providing an educational experience that extends beyond the traditional classroom. We redefine the approach to learning Chemistry under the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) program by immersing our students in the real-world application of science. Our latest lesson focused on the synthesis of aspirin, a classic yet dynamic experiment that showcases our commitment to practical, hands-on learning.

Our IB Chemistry curriculum is meticulously designed to foster theoretical understanding and practical skills. This dive into Medicinal Chemistry offers students an understanding of the chemical principles that underpin the pharmaceutical industry. It's an exciting journey from the theoretical aspects of chemical reactions to the practical medical applications. This task involves synthesizing aspirin from salicylic acid and ethanoic anhydride, which exemplifies the esterification reactions studied in class. By engaging in this experiment, students reinforce their theoretical knowledge and enhance their laboratory skills, including precise measuring, effective filtration, and the art of recrystallization.

The learning journey at BSS is not confined to the school laboratory. A significant aspect of our program includes a collaborative visit to the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Bulgarian Academy of Science. Here, students get the opportunity to perform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) analysis on their synthesized aspirin. NMR spectroscopy is a sophisticated analytical technique that provides detailed insights into molecular structures, bridging the gap between theoretical chemistry and practical application.

At the British School of Sofia, we prioritize a comprehensive and engaging educational experience. Our approach to teaching IB Chemistry is designed to instil a love for science, encouraging students to explore, question, and understand the world around them. Our unique blend of theoretical teaching and practical application ensures that our students are well-prepared for their IB examinations and future scientific endeavours.

The synthesis of aspirin and subsequent NMR analysis at BSS represents more than just a chapter in our students' educational journey; it symbolizes our commitment to providing an enriched learning experience. We aim to cultivate the next generation of scientists, researchers, and innovators through this hands-on approach. We invite you to follow our journey and explore the exciting world of Chemistry at the British School of Sofia.

Discover more about our innovative approach to education and the diverse opportunities at the British School of Sofia. Visit our website or contact us for more information about our programs and how we prepare students for a successful future in the sciences and beyond.

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