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
Measurements & Conversions
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.
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.
Geometric Set Theory
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.
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.
X, Y & Z
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.
Discover and explore the Fibonacci sequence via geometry, arithmetic patterns and nature. Students examine other sequences and some of their applications.
Level 2 Science
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.
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.
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.
A crime is committed and only science can solve it! Students gather evidence at the crime scene and use science to determine possible matches to suspects. Along the way, they must consider the accuracy of each type of test, keep track of the findings, and hopefully solve the crime! .
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)
Food is science in action. Students make ice cream and understand the science behind it. They will extract fat from potato chips and chocolate. They will discover why lemon juice taste sour and orange juice sweet. They will even try to chemically modify lemon juice to make it taste like orange juice! Students will have an entirely new understanding of how we taste food and how food helps our bodies grow.