Cause and Effect
In these sequences of science courses students will look at diverse systems and learn to create cause and effect relationships. At this age level, students start to identify correlations between diverse sets of ideas and objects.
Level 2 courses provide students with data charts and worksheets in order to help them organize information they gather from experiments. We then analyze this information to come up with general trends and patterns.
Zoology will study 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 of the types animals calls home, while raising our own animals in class.
Atmosphere will explore the different weather patterns that shape our Earth. From tornadoes to thunderstorms, this course will help students identify and better understand their natural environment.
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, techniques and processes. With emphasis in chemistry and biology, students will reach a better understanding and appreciation of how science is used in certain professions. Forensic Science will prepare students for the next level (5-6) of chemistry courses.
What do civil engineers think about? This class takes students through three stages key to the building process. Civil Engineering is a very hands-on class that has students exploring different types of structures and the science behind them. Students focus on inventing, building, and testing. This class also builds into every building project an accounting aspect where students are responsible for budgeting and spending an allotted amount of money to "buy" their supplies.
Students become undersea adventurers to discover the different characteristics of organisms that allow them to live in the very diverse environments of the ocean. Students will study and dissect plants and animals from different regions to find the amazing adaptations of ocean creatures. The course will cover the following ecosystems of the ocean: tidal zones, hydrothermal vents and trenches, deep ocean, and coral reefs. We will also be doing a unit on conservation and protection. Students will receive a better understanding and appreciation for these vast expanses of water.
Students will explore the world of plants through the development of their very own indoor garden. They will learn the structure of plants, and how they get nutrients to germinate, sprout, and grow into an adult plant. Students will also discover the benefits of composting and how to set up their own compost pile at home. Using the ideal conditions learned in class, students will be challenged to create a space where plants will thrive.