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The goal of our science program is to create and nurture a lifelong curiosity about the world. We feel this is best accomplished by providing classes that are conducted in an open, interactive atmosphere. Students are challenged to discover science concepts through concrete methods before formal explanations or definitions are given. The major emphasis of our science program is to assist in the development of an understanding that will become a part of who they are, rather than a blip of information memorized for a test, and soon forgotten.

Science topics are made relevant to students by exploring them through an active process of experimentation and observation, challenging students to figure out scientific principles. Our science classes are a place for active, participatory exploration, as opposed to passive learning.

We aim for a depth of knowledge in several areas versus superficially covering many topics. Our two-day science program should allow you the peace of mind to check science off your list. Of course, if science is a particularly strong interest area, we recommend continuing study at home. This is one of the benefits of homeschooling!

Science Program Core Sequence
1.) Hands-on Science Sequence
2.) Advanced Hands-on Science Sequence
3.) Introduction to Physical Science
4.) Biology
5.) Chemistry
6.) Physics
7.) Anatomy & Physiology, Genetics, Marine Biology, Theoretical Physics

HANDS ON SEQUENCE

Science topics for the Hands-On Science students are selected with reference to the Core Knowledge Sequence. The topics are rotated each year to give students in the program for several years an in-depth exposure to a variety of science topics. Covering a science topic once is not sufficient for students to gain a full understanding of the scientific principles and skills associated with it. For this reason, we rotate topics every three years to increase the expectations and depth of understanding.

Hands on Science 3/4:
The focus is on comprehension, basic understanding of vocabulary, and observations of the concepts being presented. Textbooks are not used and there is minimal homework.

Hands on Science 5/6:
This age group moves beyond basic understanding of vocabulary and concepts to application and analysis of content and scientific principles. A textbook is used as a resource for presenting concepts, but is assigned for homework as online reading, along with moderate written homework. More written work is incorporated into the daily class activities, while experiments require students to begin to critically evaluate their results.

Hands on Science 7 /8:
Class work will include activities that are more abstract and require math and independent reading skills. Experimental procedures are presented, but students will be expected to work more independently and will be required to use the scientific method to write lab reports and record data in ongoing investigations. Students will use a textbook in class and at home for homework.

Here is an example of how the topic of frequency was presented to Hands on Science classes this year.

Hands on Science 3 /4:
Students learned the definition of frequency, discussed examples, and acted out different examples of frequency along with amplitude. They were able to relate frequency to pitch in the music section of the unit.

Hands on Science 5/6:
Students learned the definition of frequency and completed several assignments that required them to define frequency along with many other vocabulary words in both the waves section and the music section of this unit. In one activity, students first identified visual examples of waves with fast, slow, and moderate frequency. Then they used rulers to measure and create waves with different frequencies according to the directions given.

Hands on Science 7/8:
Students answered questions from the textbook about frequency, defined it, discussed examples, and completed activities relating to vocabulary development. An experiment was conducted to observe frequency and its properties. Students then critically evaluated these properties and determined which had the most/least effect on frequency and why.

Hands-On Sequence
Science topics for the Hands-On Science students are selected with reference to the Core Knowledge Sequence. The topics are rotated each year to give students in the program for several years an in-depth exposure to a variety of science topics. Our rotation is as follows:

  • 2015/16: Astronomy, Light & Sound, Microbiology (Bacteria, Protists, Fungi), Plants, Reptiles/Amphibians

  • 2016/17 Human Body Systems, Weather, Electricity & Magnetism, Animal Kingdom

  • 2017/18 Chemistry, Earth Materials and Processes, Simple Machines/Newton's Laws, Insects

  • Advanced Hands on Sci. 6/7 Rm# 12
    Teacher: Diana Mattson
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
    In this class, concepts will be presented by immersing students in experiments, activities, discussions, and projects. Students will learn to interpret data from graphs and tables, to develop their critical thinking skills, and to use the scientific process to answer questions. In-class learning will be enhanced through weekly reading and home assignments. This class will lay the groundwork necessary for success in the more advanced sciences.

    Science topics to be studied each year are selected with reference to the Core Knowledge Sequence recommended for ages 9-12.

    The topics are rotated each year to give students in the program for four years an in-depth exposure to a variety of science topics. We aim for a depth of knowledge in several areas versus superficially covering many topics.


    Advanced Hands-on Science 7/8 Rm #12
    Teacher: Diana Mattson
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 12 - 14
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
    In this class, concepts will be presented by immersing students in experiments, activities, discussions, and projects. Students will learn to interpret data from graphs and tables, to develop their critical thinking skills, and to use the scientific process to answer questions. In-class learning will be enhanced through weekly reading and home assignments. This class will lay the groundwork necessary for success in the more advanced sciences.

    Science topics for the Hands-On Science students are selected with reference to the Core Knowledge Sequence. The topics are rotated each year to give students in the program for several years an in-depth exposure to a variety of science topics. Covering a science topic once is not sufficient for students to gain a full understanding of the scientific principles and skills associated with it. For this reason, we rotate topics every three years to increase expectations and depth of understanding. This year the topics to be studied are:Chemistry, Earth Materials and Processes, Simple Machines/Newton's Laws, and Insects


    Advanced Psychology 16+ Rm #21
    Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Prerequisites: Psychology
    Ages: 16 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This course is designed for students who have taken introductory psychology and wish to advance their study of social, developmental, and experimental psychology. Students will become familiar with developmental psychology: they will reflect upon, observe, and analyze different models of development in relation to self and others. This class will impart an in-depth study of social psychology, building upon foundational knowledge from the introductory class. In addition, the course will provide an introduction to sociology in which students will learn foundational theories and understand how sociology both relates to and differs from psychology. Students will further their familiarity of experimental psychology. They will design and conduct their own studies, both individually and in groups. Students will run statistical analyses, and present and evaluate their results by writing formal reports in APA format.

    Anatomy & Phys. Investigations F 15+ Rm#13
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry
    Ages: 15 and up
    2.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
    This year we are changing up the Anatomy and Physiology class to make things more exciting and fun, as well as educational. I will be introducing "Investigative Science Projects" into the regular A & P curriculum. Students will work as a group to solve problems Forensic sciences and differential diagnosis will be applied to find answers to "mysteries of the human body." As we learn the various organ systems of the human body, we will introduce new problems relating to select systems for the students to figure out. This will not only make things more hands on and fun, but will reinforce their learning of human anatomy.


    Animal Explorations 6-9 Rm #31
    Teacher: Julie Doughty
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 6 - 9
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Come explore strange creatures, with unusual habits, living in diverse environments.

    Animal Explorations 9-12 Rm #31
    Teacher: Julie Doughty
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 9 - 12
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Get an up close, first hand look at a variety of visitors from the animal kingdom. Learn about where they live, what they eat, how they grow and their places in the world. The class will welcome visitors, play games, and share what we learn through media that can include discussion, writing, and the arts. We plan to have a lot of fun while developing our skills in observation, classification, experimentation and description.ures, with unusual habits, living in diverse environments.

    Animal Studies 13+ Room 31
    Teacher: Julie Doughty
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Animal Studies will give students a chance to experience first hand encounters with a variety of subjects from the animal kingdom. While this is intended to be an interdisciplinary elective and not a full science credit, we will cover general science skills such as observation and classification and life science concepts including structure and function of animals, heredity and variation, ecosystems, and both natural and human driven selection. We’ll also do some writing, some art, possibly some math, and have a lot of fun! Our animal visitors will be primarily vertebrates, but we may have a few surprises.
    Homework will be minimal.


    Biology 14+ Rm #13
    Teacher: Julie Klettke
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Prerequisites: It is highly recommended to have taken Intro. to Physical Science before Biology but Biology can be taken first if necessary.
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
    The goal of this year-long course is to introduce the fundamental concepts of high school biology. This goal will be accomplished through a variety of methods including readings, discussion, answering questions and reviewing concepts for each chapter, activities, quizzes, and lab experiments. Class time will include short explanations of concepts with discussion and question and answer sessions afterwards. The rest of the time is devoted to hands-on activities and lab experiments. Units of study will be cells and processes, heredity & genes, diversity, ecology, animals, microorganisms, and plants. A CD is available with features such as a full textbook, reading the text aloud, activities, labs, and resources and organizers.

    Biology 14+ W Rm #13
    Teacher: Julie Klettke
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Prerequisites: It is highly recommended to have taken Intro. to Physical Science before Biology but Biology can be taken first if necessary.
    Ages: 14 and up
    2.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
    The goal of this year-long course is to introduce the fundamental concepts of high school biology. This goal will be accomplished through a variety of methods including readings, discussion, answering questions and reviewing concepts for each chapter, activities, quizzes, and lab experiments. Class time will include short explanations of concepts with discussion and question and answer sessions afterwards. The rest of the time is devoted to hands-on activities and lab experiments. Units of study will be cells and processes, heredity & genes, diversity, ecology, animals, microorganisms, and plants. A CD is available with features such as a full textbook, reading the text aloud, activities, labs, and resources and organizers.

    Chemistry 15+ Rm #12
    Teacher: Diana Mattson
    Outside Work: Significant
    Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Algebra I and Introduction to Physical Science Pre or Co-requistie: Algebra II
    Ages: 15 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
    This is an advanced, comprehensive chemistry course for the highly motivated science student. Topics include matter, energy and measurement, atomic structure, bonding, gas laws, The Periodic Table, kinetics and equilibrium, acids and bases, and stoichiometry. Students learn concepts through lectures, discussions, demonstrations and participation in weekly chemistry labs. Current events relevant to the study of chemistry are included to make connections to the real world. Students must have completed Algebra I to take this class. Out-of-class assignments are mandatory.

    Chemistry T/TH 8:15-9:30
    Teacher: Diana Mattson
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Prerequisites: Algebra I; Intro. to Physical Science. Algebra II as a Co-requisite.
    Ages: 15 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
    This is an advanced, comprehensive chemistry course for the highly motivated science student. Topics to be covered include matter, energy and measurement, atomic structure, bonding, gas laws, The Periodic Table, kinetics and equilibrium, acids and bases, and stoichiometry. Students will learn concepts through lectures, discussions, demonstrations and participation in a weekly chemistry labs. Current events relevant to the study of chemistry will be included to make connections to the real world. Students must have completed Algebra II to take this class. Out-of-class assignments are mandatory.

    Crash, Bang, Boom! 6-8 Rm #11
    Teacher: Jennifer Deming
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 6 - 9
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This is an all hands-on course designed to explore Fantastic Physics and Crazy Chemistry. We will build (and sometimes destroy) roller coasters, domino chains, buildings, ramps and more while exploring physics. Crazy Chemistry days will involve performing experiment after experiment to see chemical reactions and power! Put on your safety goggles and lets go!

    Exploratorium 6-9 Rm# 11
    Teacher: Jennifer Deming
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 6 - 9
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    The Exploratorium, is a completely hands on, brain-on STEM wonderland--part museum, part classroom, and part playground. Each week students will have access to various Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math activities. Students choose which activities they wish to explore among a series of stations set up for each day.

    Exploring Science through Flight 11-13 Rm #12
    Teacher: Diana Mattson
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This is a hands-on science using the theme of flight. Topics include air and its properties, lift, gravity, drag, rotors and helicopters, rockets, birds, control surfaces, and more. Interspersed among the topics are items that cut across individual topic lines such as density, measurement, the scientific method, elements, atoms and molecules, etc. Students will build atoms and molecules to understand air, explore the properties of air, examine longitude, latitude and the patterns of migration, and experience via hands-on activities the four forces that control flight: mass, volume, density and lift.

    Fun With Chemistry 9-12 Rm #12
    Teacher: Diana Mattson
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 9 - 12
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    A class designed to generate interest and let kids explore various chemistry concepts. Experiments go beyond the typical "kitchen" supplies and experiments and utilize our chemistry lab equipment.

    Geo-Science 8/9 Rm #13
    Teacher: Julie Klettke
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Prerequisites: Adv. HOS 7/8 or 2 years of Adv. HOS 6/7
    Ages: 13 - 15
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
    This class will include three to four units of study covering topics from the Earth science and life science disciplines. Environmental studies will cover topics such as populations and communities, ecosystems and biomes, and living, non-living, and energy resources. We use a Pearson textbook for this unit along with many interesting activities and games. In the Earth’s Changing Surface Unit we will use activities and labs to map the Earth’s crust, explore rocks, identify minerals, research volcanoes, simulate earthquakes, and examine glacial movement. In the Astronomy Unit we will explore the solar system and beyond. A textbook will be used to provide basic understanding of concepts as we use hands-on activities in class to develop a more thorough level of comprehension and application of concepts.


    Green Leaves Club 13+ Wed Rm. 31
    Teacher: Julie Doughty
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 13 and up
    1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
    The choices we make every day determine what kind of a world we live in. Discover ways you can reduce your environmental impact and help Leaves of Learning conserve resources. Learn about making healthier choices for yourself and the planet, investigate the life cycle of common products, and brainstorm creative and fun solutions to challenges. We’ll do crafts, make food, play games, run school wide projects and contests, and hopefully take a field trip.

    Green Leaves Club 9-12 TH Rm. 31
    Teacher: Julie Doughty
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 9 - 12
    1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
    The choices we make every day determine what kind of a world we live in. Discover ways you can reduce your environmental impact and help Leaves of Learning conserve resources. Learn about making healthier choices for yourself and the planet, investigate the life cycle of common products, and brainstorm creative and fun solutions to challenges. We’ll do crafts, make food, play games, run school wide projects and contests, and hopefully take a field trip.

    Hands on Science 3/4 Rm # 13
    Teacher: Julie Klettke
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 8 - 10
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
    This is hands-on science at its finest. Students will discover science concepts through active participation in experiments and projects designed to generate a curiosity for learning about the world around them.

    Students will be challenged to connect new concepts to their present knowledge base and to hone their critical thinking skills. A group discussion at the conclusion of each class will serve to help students sort out and retain new ideas and information.

    Science topics to be studied each year are selected and rotated each year with reference to the Core Knowledge Sequence recommended for ages 7-12.

    The topics are rotated each year to give students in the program for four years an in-depth exposure to a variety of science topics. We aim for a depth of knowledge in several areas versus superficially covering many topics.

    Science topics to be covered for 2010-11: Human Body Systems, Weather, Electricity and Magnetism and The Animal Kingdom


    Hands-on Science 1/2 Rm #11
    Teacher: Jennifer Deming
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 6 - 8
    1 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
    In this class, science concepts are introduced to students using experiments, activities, discussions, and projects. Science topics are selected based on science standards, age appropriate curriculum, and the adaptability of the topics so they can be taught using hands-on and minds-on teaching methods. Science topics for the Hands-On Science students are selected with reference to the Core Knowledge Sequence. The topics are rotated each year to give students in the program for several years an in-depth exposure to a variety of science topics. Covering a science topic once is not sufficient for students to gain a full understanding of the scientific principles and skills associated with it. For this reason, we rotate topics every three years to increase expectations and depth of understanding. This year the topics to be studied are: Chemistry, Earth Materials and Processes, Simple Machines/Newton's Laws, and Insects

    Hands-on Science 5/6 Rm # 13
    Teacher: Julie Klettke
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 10 - 12
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
    In this class, science concepts are introduced to students using experiments, activities, discussions, and projects. Science topics are selected based on science standards, age appropriate curriculum, and the adaptability of the topics so they can be taught using hands-on and minds-on teaching methods. Science topics for the Hands-On Science students are selected with reference to the Core Knowledge Sequence. The topics are rotated each year to give students in the program for several years an in-depth exposure to a variety of science topics. Covering a science topic once is not sufficient for students to gain a full understanding of the scientific principles and skills associated with it. For this reason, we rotate topics every three years to increase expectations and depth of understanding. This year the topics to be studied are: Chemistry, Earth Materials and Processes, Simple Machines/Newton's Laws, and Insects

    Health and Nutrition 14+ Rm #13
    Teacher: Dr. Michael Nichols
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    In this class, we will cover many topics that encompass health and nutrition. Nutrition will be a large focus of this class including the topics of healthy eating including macro and micro nutrients, whole foods v refined and processed foods, nutritional supplement pros and cons, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, diseases related to poor nutrition, safe food handling, and more. Other topics covered will include how fitness keeps us healthy, options for healthy fitness regimens, dental health, environmental stress such as air and water quality, first aid and injury prevention, sleep, the risks of tobacco, drugs and alcohol for teens, stress management, and types of health practitioners including alternative health options. There will be some out of class assignments. Class time will involve lectures, group discussions, videos, and guest lecturers.Description coming soon.

    Intro. to Physical Science F Room 12
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Prerequisites: Must have taken Pre-Algebra and be taking Algebra I. Students younger than 14 must have taken Algebra I to enroll.
    Ages: 14 and up
    2.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
    There are secrets hiding in everything around us. After taking this class, students will never look at physical phenomena the same way again. This class unlocks the secrets of the physical laws that govern our everyday lives. Students will understand the properties of matter, the nature of gases, force, work, power, energy, magnetism and electricity using a hands-on approach. The class will give students a strong conceptual foundation in physics before they encounter the more theoretical and abstract physical sciences. Out-of-class assignments are mandatory. A basic understanding of algebra is necessary for success in this class.

    Intro. to Physical Science T/TH Rm.#12
    Teacher: Diana Mattson
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Prerequisites: Ideally students should have completed Algebra I but students who are strong in Pre-Algebra may take Honors Algebra I as a co-requisite.
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $65.00
    There are secrets hiding in everything around us. After taking this class, students will never look at physical phenomena the same way again. This class unlocks the secrets of the physical laws that govern our everyday lives. Students will understand the properties of matter, the nature of gases, force, work, power, energy, magnetism and electricity using a hands-on approach. The class will give students a strong conceptual foundation in physics before they encounter the more theoretical and abstract physical sciences. Out-of-class assignments are mandatory. A basic understanding of algebra is necessary for success in this class.

    Intro.to Physical Science: Friday Rm 12
    Teacher: Diana Mattson
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Prerequisites: Must have taken Pre-Algebra and be taking Algebra I. Students younger than 14 must have taken Algebra I to enroll.
    Ages: 14 and up
    2.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $65.00
    There are secrets hiding in everything around us. After taking this class, students will never look at physical phenomena the same way again. This class unlocks the secrets of the physical laws that govern our everyday lives. Students will understand the properties of matter, the nature of gases, force, work, power, energy, magnetism and electricity using a hands-on approach. The class will give students a strong conceptual foundation in physics before they encounter the more theoretical and abstract physical sciences. Out-of-class assignments are mandatory. A basic understanding of algebra is necessary for success in this class.

    Magic Tricks Using Physics 12-14 Rm 35
    Teacher: Allison Evans
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 12 - 14
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    The main reason to study physics is to enhance the way you see the physical world. Like visiting a new country, there’s also a language associated with physics - to become fluent in that language is to better interact with the world.

    You can’t enjoy a game unless you know its rules. Likewise, you can’t fully appreciate your surroundings until you understand the rules of nature. Physics is the study of these rules, which show how everything in nature is beautifully connected.

    We will perform magic tricks using what we learn about these Physics topics: Mechanics, Properties of Matter, Heat, Sound, Electricity & Magnetism, and Light.


    Physics 16+ Rm #31
    Teacher: Allison Evans
    Outside Work: Significant
    Prerequisites: Algebra II is a pre or co-requisite. You must also have completed an Introduction to Physical Science class or something equivalent to Leaves Of Learning's Introduction to Physical Science class.
    Ages: 16 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
    This is a high school level (college preparatory) comprehensive physics course for the motivated science student. An algebra (minimum) prerequisite is firm, since math is the language of physics and students need to be ready to concentrate on subtle connections rather than on math skills. The focus will be on equipping students to excel in college-level science courses by strengthening both mastery of individual concepts and the overall understanding of physics as a tool set that allows us to predict the outcomes of experiments. Common phenomena are used as the basis for illustrating concepts. Students will perform labs and learn basic written scientific communication. Concepts include: matter and energy, motion, scalars and vectors, fundamental symmetries of nature and forces of nature, force and momentum, work, heat, electricity and magnetism, kinetic theory, wave propagation, atomic physics, and relativity. Out-of-class assignments are mandatory. The textbook Conceptual Physics by Hewitt is used. Students should have access to a scientific (or graphing) calculator.


    Psychology Rm #21
    Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Learn about heredity and environment, problem solving, intelligence, perception, conflict psychotherapies, social behavior and more using mind stimulating activities that encourage critical and creative thinking. Based on science and sound psychological concepts and research, the tests and experiments done in this class make it fun and interesting for students to learn about their families, friends, classmates and themselves.

    Real Science Through Science Fiction 14+ Rm #35
    Teachers: Tiffany Medcalf, Tiffany Roark
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    Good science fiction, whether written or film, makes use of real science. In this class, we will turn a critical eye on classic and contemporary science fiction - written and film, reviewing big ideas in science as they come up with the plots. Think internet technology in Forster's The Machine Stops, or modified viruses in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, global climate change in The Day After Tomorrow, or Einstein's relativity in Heinlein's Starship Troopers, medical intervention and artificial organs in the Adoration of Jenna Fox or bring your own suggestions. With in class discussion and demos we will review the real science; through written or creative projects students can explore areas and ideas that they find most interesting. Understanding the real science can enhance students' enjoyment and appreciation of the stories; in addition, exploring the possibilities of science and technology can open up worlds of imagination and new ideas for the budding writer, inventor or scientist.

    Science Adventures 9-11 Rm # 13
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 9 - 11
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Explore various scientific topics in this class designed to get your creativity flowing and brain working. Thematic based activities will be used to spark interest, encourage cooperation, promote problem solving and experimentation, and practice record keeping skills. Using hands on activities students will explore topics like Measurement, Mirrors and Angle, Plants, Logic Experiments and Data Collections, Patterns and Traits, Solar System, Weather, and Geology. Emphasis will be placed on experimentation, data collection, and observation. For example; observe, measure, sort compare, dissect, and plant seeds. Explore how seeds travel, then compare flight distance of seeds and graph results. Opportunities for enrichment will be offered for each topic as some children will complete activities at different rates. This class will not use a textbook or require homework.

    Scientific Research Methods 15+ Room 23
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Significant
    Prerequisites: Algebra I
    Ages: 15 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Research Methods will help students understand and critically evaluate scientific studies across disciplines. Turning to empirical evidence (information scientists acquired by observation or experimentation) to further one’s knowledge is critical as we try to make sense of the world around us, of what we learn. We turn to science to understand how bits and pieces of the world work, and to test ideas or theories that have been put forward by others. Science offers standards through which we can objectively evaluate empirical evidence. Data tell us what is true and what it not. And science offers what our standard methods of understanding the world do not.
    In the first part of this course I cover topics on the philosophy of science and research design. The most important concepts have to do with causality, confounding, and spuriousness. In the second part of the course I cover measurement. Here, we will grapple with the meaning of measures and sampling strategies.
    Students will first evaluate others’ research, and use such sources to form educated opinions about various topics and pressing issues. They will become educated consumers! By the end of this course, students will be able to design rigorous studies, and conduct their own research projects.


    The Science of Food 9-12 Rm # 22
    Teacher: Allison Evans
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 9 - 12
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    What happens to water molecules when they are heated up? When Baking, what makes cookies poof up? Why does chocolate change from a liquid to a solid? Find out the answers to these questions when we explore the science behind foods. We will bake, boil, freeze, and explode foods all for the sake of science.

    Toying with Science 6-8 Rm# 13
    Teacher: Julie Klettke
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 6 - 8
    1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    In this class, students will be given opportunities to make connections between scientific concepts and one thing they love –toys. Activities based on objects children are familiar with will help them make the link between science and their personal world. Delve into the mysteries of such fun toys as Silly Putt, Shrinky Dinks, and Glo Sticks. Use manipulative toys such as Legos, K’Nex to model atoms, create structures, experiment with force and motion, and learn about simple machines. Some activities’ will use everyday objects such as popcorn, Jello, cups, mittens, and balloons. Children will be encouraged to share, explore and create, record and organize, interpret and compare, and work cooperatively. Children’s literature will be used in some lessons to introduce or review concepts. The activities are designed to make science more interesting, relevant, and fun!

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