Science is a process of acquiring and organizing information about our world. Scientists use a variety of approaches including observing, classifying, hypothesizing, problem solving, and both critical and creative thinking. Students in the Middle School program learn and practice these skills as they assume the role of scientists. Through discussion and lab investigations, students explore the biological, chemical, and physical world. In addition to acquiring process skills, students build vocabulary and scientific literacy as they engage in individual, paired, and group activities. These activities are carefully selected to complement both the concrete and abstract intellectual abilities of Middle School students.
In this course, students think critically, carry out investigations, record and interpret data, and design experiments. As they seek solutions to a variety of problems, students are introduced to some of the laboratory skills, concepts, and methods involved in the physical, biological, and chemical sciences. An emphasis is placed on the application of topics to real-world problems and scenarios, as well as on the development of critical thinking to answer the “why” and “how” of science phenomena. Inquiry, hands-on activities, labs, and projects are conducted throughout this course.
In this class we continue to expand students’ skills as scientific thinkers and researchers. Through projects, discussion, and inquiry-based experiments, students pose and answer questions about the complex interactions between biology, physics, chemistry, geology, and ecology. These topics are addressed by applying scientific principles to current, real-world problems. A major focus of the course is the collection, analysis, and interpretation of student-generated data.
This course continues the investigation of concepts, principles, and methods of science using an integrated approach. Through observation, experimentation, and interpretation of basic scientific concepts, students develop an understanding of how the sciences are used together to form an understanding of our world. This course emphasizes hands-on activities as a primary means of solving problems and answering questions. Students investigate scientific phenomena relating to earth’s history in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.
Elective, seventh and eighth grades
Students use an engineering design and testing cycle to build projects such as model airplanes, prosthetic hands, and Rube Goldberg machines. Through challenge problems, lateral thinking exercises, and contests, students explore science, technology, and engineering concepts while honing their cooperative learning and communication skills.