UPrep’s Middle School science program offers an authentic introduction to the skills and knowledge of scientists through experiential learning. In projects, discussions, and lab investigations, students explore the biological, chemical, physical and astronomical worlds working individually and in groups. Our integrated approach works across a variety of disciplines, ensuring that students make connections. Strong relationships with their teachers help support students as they learn. As in all UPrep Middle School classes, experiences are carefully designed for both the concrete and abstract intellectual abilities of students their age.
Required, sixth grade
First semester + third or fourth quarter
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.
Required, seventh grade
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.
Required, eighth grade
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.
Required, sixth grade
This course is a partnership between sixth grade English and Science to explore astronomy, the solar system, and methods of inquiry in a creative, artistic, and hands-on fashion. Through a variety of trips and projects, students explore outward from the Moon, through the Solar System, and out into deep space. Students read, analyze, and write science fiction using their own learning and projects for inspiration. Field trips include the University of Washington Planetarium, the Challenger Learning Center at the Museum of Flight, and the Museum of Pop Culture.
Elective, seventh and eighth grades
We have tons of technologies to help us memorize and recall information. Let’s move beyond simply being databases of information and develop our critical thinking skills! Through hands-on, project-based learning and collaboration, students cultivate the confidence and skills needed to tackle real-life, messy and challenging problems in science. Students use the engineering process to build, test, and modify models for the passive solar design house, robotic arm, and bridge.