Level 2 – Grades 3 & 4
Level 2 Suggested Prerequisite Understanding– Our courses are designed with the following assumptions of student knowledge:
- Capable of recording data during experiments and activities, familiar with using data tables
- Comfortable with the concept of multiplication, exposure to the concept of division
- Able to add and subtract multi-digit numbers
- Exposure to fractions and decimals
- Recognizes there are different types of measurement (e.g. volume, length, weight)
Level 2 Math
Students investigate different measurements ranging from length and area to weight and volume. The course will follow the progression of measurement from ancient measurement systems to the advent of the metric system.
The Story of Numbers
In this course, students explore number systems of different bases from binary to our everyday base-10 system. Students examine how the structure of a number system impacts arithmetic calculation and how history has changed number systems.
Ready, SETS, Go!
Through set theory, students will consider mathematics and the world around them by grouping quantities and qualities according to mathematical rules. Using this framework, students will examine mathematical relationships and how they can be defined.
Fibonacci & Friends
Discover and explore the Fibonacci sequence via geometry, arithmetic patterns and nature. Students examine other sequences and some of their applications.
What Are the Chances?
This is a course on measuring and understanding probability using the world around us as a guide post. Students will explore a range of natural and man-made phenomena and develop strategies to measure certainty of random events.
The Cartesian Approach
Students will learn the methods that Descartes introduced to best understand algebraic principles geometrically. It is an opportunity for students to become experts in the techniques of creating and classifying graphs.
Level 2 Science
Students will identify the different types of vertebrates in the animal kingdom, how they are related, how they interact, and the delicate balance of their ecosystems. We will learn about the different environments each type of animal calls home, and we will observe how animals develop throughout their lifecycle.
Wonderful Wizards of Weather
Students will explore the different weather patterns that shape our earth. From tornadoes to seasons, this course will help students identify and better understand their natural environment, and the factors involved in creating weather.
It Starts With a Seed
Students will explore the world of plants through the development of their own garden. They will learn the structure of plants, and how they get nutrients to germinate, sprout, and grow into an adult plant. Using the ideal conditions learned in class, students will be challenged to create a space where plants will thrive.
Forensic Science offers students a real life application of science while introducing young students to the ins and outs of a laboratory. Students will be exposed to basic laboratory equipment, technique, and processes. With emphasis on chemistry and biology, students will reach a better understanding and appreciation of how science is used in certain professions.
What do civil engineers think about? This class takes students through three key stages of the building process. Civil Engineering is a hands-on class that has students exploring different types of structures and the science behind them. Students focus on inventing, building, and testing their structures. (Course syllabus coming soon)
The Science of Food
This course will examine the different nutrients that our bodies need, and how they affect the taste and appearance of food. Students will experiment with different variables in cooking, such as acids and bases, temperature, and flavor. Many topics are paired with simple recipes that students will prepare in class.