Level 4 – Grades 7 & 8

7th and 8th graders are beginning to use knowledge to redefine the world around them. They are ready to dive deep into ideas in order to solve problems in new and better ways.

Suggested Prerequisites – Our courses are designed with the following assumptions of student knowledge: 

  • Exposure to scientific notation

  • Setting ratios, comparing ratios

  • Exposure to solving for unknowns in equivalent ratios

  • Solving for one unknown in an algebraic equation

  • Graphing Skills: determine scale for coordinate axes, properly drawing and labeling axes

Course descriptions for each camp offering can be found below, schedules are on the location page. 

Course Descriptions

Periodic Table
The assembly of all the matter in the universe into a periodic table governed by a small set of scientific principles is the greatest achievement in chemistry. What are these principles? What are the properties of matter which can be united? Students conduct a series of experiments, which will facilitate rebuilding of the periodic table, from first principles.

Atomic Theory
From water waves to electron beams, students pursue the true nature of every single atom in the universe? This course is for investigative learners who enjoy math, statistical analysis and drilling down to find data points for discovery. Very careful collection of data and measurements is required. In the end, the students will discover the theory which triggered a quantum revolution in physics!

Biochemistry explores the properties and structures of carbon-based molecules. Living organisms are composed of unique molecules that are not found in non-living things. The molecular basis of life boils down to an organism’s makeup of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids.  Students identify the various organic molecules using chemistry and learn how their structural properties affect their functions.