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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.) 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:

  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

ACT Review Science and Math 14+ W 3:30
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $30.00
The ACT is more than a test and students are more than their numerical score.

For students, preparing for and taking the ACT is good preparation for college or further education as well as a curriculum-based achievement test, measuring what you’ve learned (and retained!) throughout your education. It is a predictor of future success in academic endeavors.

Many colleges use it as part of their admissions process; scholarship agencies do as well.

Our class will take several complete practice tests and many example questions while we work together to understand correct and incorrect answer choices.

Some content will be reviewed in detail:

ACT Math
Pre-Algebra (20-25%)
Elementary Algebra (15-20%)
Intermediate Algebra (15-20%)
Coordinate Geometry (15-20%)
Plane Geometry (20-25%)
Trigonometry (5-10%)

ACT Science
Data Representation (30-40% of Questions)
Research Summaries (45-55% of Questions)
Conflicting Viewpoints (15-20% of Questions)

ACT Reading
RUN-ONS & FRAGMENTS
VERBS: SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT & VERB TENSES
PUNCTUATION
IDIOMS
WORDINESS
PARALLEL STRUCTURE
PRONOUNS
MODIFIERS: ADJECTIVES/ADVERBS & MODIFYING PHRASES
WORD CHOICE: TRANSITIONS & DICTION
ORGANIZATION AND STRATEGY


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 : $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.

Biology 14+ T/TH 1-2:15 Room
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+ T/TH Rm #13
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.

Boats, Bridges & Boxes 6-9 Rm # 11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 9
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Get ready for a building bonanza! This class is all hands-on, all the time. Physics, aerodynamics, and fluid dynamics are just a few of the concepts we will explore. Join us as we experiment and build boats, bridges, buildings, flying machines, and more!

Chemistry 15+ T/TH 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 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: 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
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.

CSI Detectives 9-12 Rm # 13
Teacher: Julie Klettke
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
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.


CSI/ Science Investigations 9-11 Rm #13
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 11
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
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.

Digging into the Data:Research Methods 15+ Rm. 25
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
In this digital age, we are constantly bombarded with new “research” on dating, the latest diets, climate change, and gun control, to name a few. But how do we know what study findings to trust? In this class, students will look at a variety of topics and dig down into how that information was developed and presented to us. Did the researchers do their job? Do their data support their findings? And are their findings significant, representative and generalizable? Students will have ample opportunity to research their own topics of interest. By the end of this course, students will be able to understand and critically engage with “research” stories, and design and conduct their own research studies if interested. The goal of this class is to become educated consumers!


Ew! Gross! Cool! Anatomy 9-12 Rm #11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
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.

Forensic Anatomy 14+ Rm #13
Teacher: Julie Klettke
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Biology
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.


Geo-Science 13+ Rm #
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
1.5 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 8-12 T Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 8 - 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 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.


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: To be determined
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 4/5 Rm # 13
Teacher: Julie Klettke
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 9 - 11
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. The topics are rotated each year to give students in the program for 2-3 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. Topics for 2013-14:Human Body Systems, Weather, Electricity & Magnetism, Animal Kingdom



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

Hands-on Science 6/7/8 T/TH 11-12:15 Rm. 13
Teacher: Julie Klettke
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 6/7/8 W/F Rm. 12
Teacher: To be determined
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 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 6/7 Rm. # 12
Teacher: Diana Mattson
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 12 - 14
2 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
ss.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 11-13.

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 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


Introduction to Physical Science 14+ 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.

Mythbusters 13+ W Rm. 35
Teacher: Tiffany Medcalf (Roark)
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Students will choose which myths to bust (or prove). They will learn how to design and execute a test plan. They will gather and analyze data. Then they will use that data to make a conclusion, or say "Myth Busted!"


Physics 16+ Rm #30
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.


Physics Magic 12-14 Rm. 30
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 - 14
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
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.

Physics Magic 9-12 W Rm. 30
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
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.

Physics Problems 16+ Wed. 9:30 Rm. 30
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 15 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
This course is a good choice for students who plan to pursue STEM-based college classes. This is a necessary companion course for Physics on T/TH for those who anticipate taking Physics in college.

We will work together to solve math-based physics problems. Physics concepts will be introduced in strictly mathematical terms to complement the concepts introduced in the Conceptual Physics textbook.

Enrollment in Physics on T/TH at the same time is highly encouraged.


Psychology 14+ 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.

Real Science Through Science Fiction Rm # 35
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/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 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.



Robotics 12-14 Rm #35
Teacher: Tiffany Medcalf (Roark)
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 - 14
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.



Treasure Hunters 6-8 Rm. # 13
Teacher: Julie Klettke
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Welcome to the world of treasures! This course weaves together activities related to anthropology and archaeology while employing scientific principles and observations skills. Become an archaeologist and uncover fossils while learning their names and facts about these ancient remains. Examination of artifacts from ancient cultures will provide opportunities to learn about myths and stories these people used to explain natural phenomena. Just like the TV show, Myth Busters, we will use critical thinking skills to compare their ideas to the real explanation for natural events. Students will be encouraged to create their own treasures and share stories they develop. Throughout the year, students will conduct experiments and analyze facts to reach conclusions. Students will sort and classify objects based on physical properties and evidence inferred from direct observation. They will learn map skills to find pirate’s treasures, and then make their own maps. Students will test their problem solving skills by deciphering puzzles and breaking codes to reveal clues to the location of treasures.

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