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.
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.