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.
The Cosmos will study all things extraterrestrial, from the formation of the earth and our solar system, to distant stars and galaxies. We will explore how forces such as gravity affect celestial bodies, learn about different types of stars and planets, and see what the stars can teach us about the periodic table of elements.
The Science of Food
Why does sourdough bread taste sour? What does baking powder do in a recipe? The Science of Food will explore the different nutrients that our bodies need, and see how various types of living organisms, such as bacteria and fungus, can contribute to our diets. We will also test how different ingredients affect a recipe, in terms of both the taste and the appearance of the final product.
Animalcules will explore the world of microscopic organisms. We will study what traits these organisms share with larger organisms, such as plants and animals, and determine what basic characteristics all living things share.