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Science

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.) Geoscience
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:

  1. Human Body Systems, Weather, Electricity & Magnetism, Animal Kingdom

  2. Chemistry, Earth Materials and Processes, Simple Machines/Newton's Laws, Insects

  3. Astronomy, Light & Sound, Microbiology (Bacteria, Protists, Fungi), Plants, Reptiles/Amphibians

Advanced Psychology 15+ Rm #21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Psychology
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
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 & Physiology Rm #25
Teacher: Dr. Joanna Abrams
Outside Work: Significant
Ages: 15 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
This year-long course covers the structure and function of the human body. Key biochemical and anatomical concepts as well as details of the nine body systems are studied through a variety of educational methods. These include: labs, activities, case studies, discussions, online activities, practice exercises, tests, and readings. Emphasis is placed on understanding and applying the concepts of each chapter to real-life situations rather than memorizing facts. Students plan their own labs, record and analyze data, and discuss their findings.

Animal Exploration (12-14) F 2:15 Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 - 14
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 Exploration (9-11) F 1:00 Rm #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 11
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 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 Studies 15+ Room #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 15 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.


Animals A-Z W 9:30 (6-8) Rm. #13
Teacher: Julie Klettke
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Explore the animal kingdom from the smallest insect to the largest mammal. Using games, projects, experiments, and observations we will learn about different animals such as insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, and mammals. We will observe the process of metamorphosis using mealworms. With each different group of animals we will examine their characteristics to understand how those traits help the animal to survive. For example we will make different kinds of antennae as we study insects. Trade books will be used to help introduce concepts and build connections between what they already know and what we will learn.


Biology 14+ T/TH 11:00 Rm. 25
Teacher: Dr. Joanna Abrams
Outside Work: Significant
Prerequisites: It is recommended that Intro. to Physical Science be taken first but Biology can be taken before if necessary.
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 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/F 11:00 Rm. 25
Teacher: Dr. Joanna Abrams
Outside Work: Significant
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
1.25 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.

Chemistry 15+ T/TH 9:30 Rm. 12
Teacher: Diana Mattson
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: Introduction to Physical Science and Algebra I Pre or Co-requistie: Algebra II
Ages: 15 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
Must have the prerequisite of Introduction to Physical Science and Algebra I. 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 and currently be enrolled in Algebra II or higher to take this class. Out-of-class assignments are mandatory.

Chemistry 15+ W/F 9:30 Rm. 12
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
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
Must have prerequisite of Introduction to Physical Science and Algebra I. 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 I and currently be enrolled in Algebra II or higher to take this class. Out-of-class assignments are mandatory.

Crime Stories (13+) Rm. 23
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Using crime stories to learn critical reading and effective writing skills
The mystery and suspense of these age appropriate crime stories will engage students to practice skills they might otherwise not consider important.
Students will research infamous criminals (serial killers, mass shooters, and terrorists are purposely excluded) and share their bibliographic research projects with the class (blog, podcast, traditional research paper, or other formats students choose). We will learn to read critically, and to analyze tone and bias in non-fiction. Students will compare and contrast multiple sources of the same event, and evaluate sources for reliability.They will learn to select strong evidence to support an argument, and how to write a persuasive speech for a specific audience and purpose. We will record facts and findings of specific cases, and also explore and correlate greater crime and violence prevention issues and trends. Crime theory and statistics will supplement the crime stories and case studies discussed.
Crime Stories will cover some of the concepts currently covered in The Art of Persuasive Speaking class, such as: critical reading and analysis of sources, evaluating, comparing and contrasting multiple sources of the same event, seeking strong evidence to support an argument, writing a persuasive argument for a specific audience and purpose, to name a few.


CSI Investigations 9-12 Rm # 13
Teacher: Julie Klettke
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Welcome to the world of detectives and forensic scientists—crime solving, case-breaking, crook catching activities for kids! Studying forensic science allows students to practice skills such as the scientific method, scientific research and experimentation, critical thinking, making observations, analyzing facts, and drawing conclusions by using circumstances that model real-life events. Students will also examine a variety of career opportunities and have access to guest speakers.


Engineering 14+ Rm #35
Teacher: Tiffany Medcalf
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Must have a good understanding of Algebra I.
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
We learn how to apply and build on the science and math skills students already know. We take a hands-on, project based, collaborative approach. We will rotate through several core engineering subjects including:
· Units and Conversion
· Uniform and Accelerated Motion
· Motion in 3 dimensions
· Vectors and Resultant forces
· Engineering Design Process
· Construction and using tools


Environmental Detectives (11-13) Rm. 13
Teacher: Julie Klettke
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Who doesn’t enjoy the fun and challenge of trying to solve a mystery? In this course, children are given the opportunity to approach lessons by first asking questions which lead to further exploration. Students will conduct experiments, collect data, and analyze results to solve environmental mysteries. They will work together in small groups to develop cooperative group skills and learn to better communicate. Lessons will allow them to learn about real life environmental problems and devise their own solutions to the problems. The students will play games to learn more about how animals interact. Both living and non-living aspects of the Earth will be studied. For example, we will examine the relationship between resources and deer while playing a game. Create models, power point slide shows, and websites to share your knowledge of environmental issues. Conduct surveys, research current events, make games, complete experiments, and solve problems. No homework will be assigned and textbooks will not be used. Hands on activities and experiments are the focus of this class. Technology will be incorporated into lessons in a way that enhances the lesson.


Ew! Gross! Cool! Anatomy (9-12) Rm #11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Welcome to the gooey, gross, glorious world of the human body! Why do we burp? Why do farts smell? How much snot do I make when I’m sick? What’s up with ear wax? Why does my throat hurt? Have you ever wondered about some of the gross goings on in your body? Then this is the class for you. Join us as we learn about the ‘hows and whys’ of our bodies. This class will be interactive, full of experiments and odd information. Let’s have some fun getting grossed out.

Flower Farming-Floristry for Beginners (13+) #20
Teacher: Christina Matthews
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
The Flower Lady is training the next generation of flower farmers, floral designers and nature lovers, on a small scale flower production. Christina Matthews, the owner of the The Flower Lady OTR, will teach you step-by-step how to grow, harvest, create and sell stunning seasonal blooms. Flower Farming Florisity for Beginners will incorporate technical training, learning a variety of growing and floristry techniques with easy to understand advice and instruction to help you build a small cut flower business. Join The Flower Lady for a behind the scenes look at urban flower farming and she shares all of the systems and processes that she's developed over many years in the business to help her produce an abundant amount of gorgeous blooms.

Flower Farming-Floristry for Beginners (9-12) #20
Teacher: Christina Matthews
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
The Flower Lady is training the next generation of flower farmers, floral designers and nature lovers, on a small scale flower production. Christina Matthews, the owner of the The Flower Lady OTR, will teach you step-by-step how to grow, harvest, create and sell stunning seasonal blooms. Flower Farming Florisity for Beginners will incorporate technical training, learning a variety of growing and floristry techniques with easy to understand advice and instruction to help you build a small cut flower business. Join The Flower Lady for a behind the scenes look at urban flower farming and she shares all of the systems and processes that she's developed over many years in the business to help her produce an abundant amount of gorgeous blooms.

Geo-Science 13+ T/TH 1:00 Rm. 25
Teacher: Dr. Joanna Abrams
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 : $70.00
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.


Hands On Science 1/2 Rm # 13
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
In our first and second grade curriculum, students will demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry, including the skills, processes, and tools necessary to conduct a simple scientific investigation. A two-year rotation of concepts will be used to allow for the fact that students may remain in this class for more than one year. Listed below are some examples of the types of lessons your child will participate in and the related objectives. In Life Science, students will show knowledge of the needs and characteristics of animals and the way they interact with their own distinct environments. In the Weather unit, students will understand different weather elements and how weather can be observed and measured using tools. From the Magnets unit, students will learn about force and motion through the properties of magnetism. Lessons will be formatted so that core ideas are well established and concepts are repeated in a variety of formats to make mastery more accessible for early learners. The curriculum is presented in an engaging and memorable way using hands-on activities that are designed to be instructional and offer opportunity for question and answer sessions. Activities can be played multiple times to allow students to discover connections on their own and reinforce connections through repetition. The science content is supported with visuals and audio cues for non readers and emergent readers.

Hands On Science 2/3 Rm. 13
Teacher: Julie Klettke
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 7 - 9
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. While HOS 2/3 covers many of the same topics as HOS 1/2, it expands on these ideas, adding a greater depth of knowledge. Lessons will be formatted so that core ideas are well established and concepts are repeated in a variety of formats including reading and writing. For example, students will use Experimental Record Sheets to record data and observations. The curriculum is presented in an engaging and memorable way using hands on activities that are designed to be instructional and offer opportunity for questions and answer sessions. Reading selections or other resources will be used to provide context to the follow-up hands on activities. Students will be encouraged to discover connections on their own and reinforce connections to course objectives through these experiences. The ability to work cooperatively will be important; sometimes the students will be asked work cooperatively in small groups to complete experiments and share information.


Hands on Science 3/4 Rm #13
Teacher: Julie Klettke
Outside Work: Minimal
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 8 - 10
1 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 5/6 T/TH Rm #13
Teacher: Julie Klettke
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 10 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
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: Astronomy, Light & Sound, Microbiology (Bacteria, Protists, Fungi), Plants, Reptiles/Amphibians.

Hands-on Science 6/7 Rm #12
Teacher: Diana Mattson
Outside Work: Moderate
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 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 7/8 T/TH 1:00 Rm.12
Teacher: Diana Mattson
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: none
Ages: 12 - 14
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
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.



Hands-on-Science 5/6 Rm. 13
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: None
Ages: 10 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
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I Dig Science (6-8) W 11:00 Rm #13
Teacher: Julie Klettke
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Study the Earth’s ancient history from the earliest times to the most recent Ice Age. Learn about the different periods of Earth’s history and the animals that inhabited the land at that time. Discover what the climate must have been like and the types of plants that grew during that time. Chart the changes, both sudden and slow moving. Discuss theories for mass extinctions and evaluate their plausibility. Make models of animals. Learn about the techniques used to find and excavate fossils.


Introduction to Physical Science 14+ T/TH Rm #12
Teacher: Diana Mattson
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: Must have taken Pre-Algebra and be currently enrolled in Algebra I or higher level math.
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
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 and chemistry before they encounter the more theoretical and abstract physical sciences. Out-of-class assignments are mandatory.

Introduction to Physical Science 14+ W/F Rm. 12
Teacher: Diana Mattson
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Must have taken Pre-Algebra and be currently enrolled in Algebra I or higher level math.
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
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 understand the properties of matter, the nature of gases, force, work, power, energy, magnetism and electricity using a hands-on approach. The class gives students a strong conceptual foundation in physics and chemistry 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.

Mix & Magic (6-8) Rm. 24
Teacher: Dr. Joanna Abrams
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This is a class for all magic lovers! We will explore the fantastical world of books, like Harry Potter or the Hobbit, and the wizardry of our own world, too. As a STEAM class, we will explore Potions (basic chemistry), Astronomy (learning constellations and making simple star charts), and Runes (codes and codebreaking). We will draw on art and literature, too: making our own magic wands, decorating the room to add ambience, exploring mythology, and writing and illustrating our own magical stories. The world is a magical place—let’s explore it together!


More Stories & Challenges-Year 2! (6-8) Rm. 20
Teacher: Kelly Hilgeman
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
If you enjoyed Stories and Challenges last year, this year will be filled with new stories, and of course, new challenges! You DO NOT need to have taken Stories and Challenges last year to take it this year! After reading a favorite seasonal children’s book, students will engage in a STEM challenge related to the story. For example, after reading and discussing Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty, students will construct a variety of structures using fruit snacks and toothpicks. They will discover that certain patterns allow for more stability and balance of 3D structures that others. In October, we will read Room on the Broom by Julie Donaldson. We will play with balance scales and different weights. Students will “balance the broom” by using cups and pennies to create equal weights. With each two week challenge, students will learn four new science vocabulary words that go with the STEM challenge.


Physics 15+ T/TH 2:15 Rm. 22
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: Algebra I (Algebra II preferred) - TI-83 Calculator required
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
With the goal of scientific literacy this class prioritizes physics phenomena and ideas rather than complicated mathematics. Our plan is to start with observations in order to understand how mathematics models the physical world. The goal is that students apply this understanding as adult consumers of information and decision-makers.
In this class students will be expected to master SI and derived units, perform basic unit conversion, 2-dimensional vector math, basic algebraic manipulations, and precisely use the vocabulary of physics. Through graphs and basic algebra students will explore rates of change and the concept of calculus while keeping the math very simple.
Students will eventually be able to extend laws of classical physics to modern technology.
We will also consider the historical consequences of scientific advances by learning about the individuals and cultures involved.
Finally, the class is designed as a college prep where students exercise discipline and individual work to succeed with unfamiliar challenging material. Cornell notetaking will be taught and required. Grading is based on students’ preparation for classes and material review after each class. Class time is discussion, demonstration, and simulations and guided inquiry. No lab reports are required. Students will maintain an organized class binder. Additional out of class reading, including prerequisite summer reading is encouraged for extra credit.


Psychology 14+ T/TH 2:15 Rm. 21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
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.

Robotics (10-12) Wed. Rm. 35
Teacher: Tiffany Medcalf
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
Use robotics to bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to life!

Students will be guided step-by-step through the building and programming of robot behavior. They follow up their prototype work with a robotics investigation in which the students experiment with the robot’s motors, sensors, and programming to learn how robots really work. Students will then design and program their own robots to solve problems and complete challenges and competitions. We will finish the year with a battlebot competition.



Science Sleuths (6-8) Room 32
Teacher: Sarah Mahoney
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
As scientists, we wonder all the time. Where does energy come from? How does your heart pump blood? Are magic potions real? If you are curious about the world around you, then this class is for you! In this interactive, hands-on class, you will become a science detective. Each week we will have a scientific mystery to solve. Join us as we use the scientific method to form a hypothesis, conduct experiments, make observations, and come to a conclusion each week!

Trash Pirates (10-13) Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 13
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
What is a Trash Pirate? A Trash Pirate is someone who captures the value in resources that others might waste. The original Trash Pirates got their start at festivals and events, redirecting unused resources and creating art from found materials. We’ll study and learn from some amazing art and reclamation projects and create things both beautiful and practical. Want to learn about the life cycles of everyday items? Help the leaves community share resources, make healthy choices, and avoid waste? Are you interested in reducing, reusing, recycling, or upcycling? What is upcycling? Do you like to cook, garden, make art, or play games? Then unleash your creativity, sharpen your problem solving skills, and join our crew!


Trash Pirates (6-9) Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 9
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
What is a Trash Pirate? A Trash Pirate is someone who captures the value in resources that others might waste. The original Trash Pirates got their start at festivals and events, redirecting unused resources and creating art from found materials. We’ll study and learn from some amazing art and reclamation projects and create things both beautiful and practical. Want to learn about the life cycles of everyday items? Help the leaves community share resources, make healthy choices, and avoid waste? Are you interested in reducing, reusing, recycling, or upcycling? What is upcycling? Do you like to cook, garden, make art, or play games? Then unleash your creativity, sharpen your problem solving skills, and join our crew!


Your Amazing Body (8-10) Rm. 32
Teacher: Sarah Mahoney
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 8 - 10
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Your amazing body! (8-10) Discover your body (different systems, names of parts, and how the body works) through coloring, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. (Anatomy and physiology)

Through constructing 3-d models of parts/systems of the body, hands-on and teacher-led demonstrations on how systems of the body work, and coloring and labeling body parts using a scientific coloring book, students will cover the following systems: cells and tissues, the nervous system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system, the immune system, the endocrine system, the skeletal system, the muscular system, and the integumentary system. Come join the fun as we learn the ins and outs of the human body!
**This class will not cover the reproductive system as some families may feel the topic is a personal, at-home teaching matter.


Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Rm. 13
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) authentically engages students in problems, programs and policies that directly affect them. It is a systematic and scientific way for students to identify a problem, gather data about it, and make recommendations for improvement. The process fosters an environment where youth can become agents of change in their communities.

This is a teacher-facilitated but student-led project-based class. Students will learn about research and the scientific method by conducting a research project on a topic selected by the class.

Students will:

·Apply the scientific method in a real research project

·Learn about research paradigms and ethics

·Research what is already known about the chosen topic

-Explore data collection methods (survey, interview, Photovoice, focus groups, participatory mapping, etc.) and choose the best methods for their question.

·Participate in data analysis and interpretation

·Develop action plans based on findings

· Create written and graphic presentations of their findings and action plans


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