Science

The Middle School science program is a discovery-based program which integrates mathematics, reading, writing and, when possible, the social sciences. The central goal of the science program is to help each student develop an appreciation for the formal process of scientific inquiry. Experiments are constructed and performed by the students, and their detailed analyses are kept in a portfolio. Emphasis is placed upon observation, measurement, organization of data, and scientific inference.

Our science curriculum focuses upon Physical Science, Earth Science and Life Science. This year, we will be exploring topics in Physical Science including energy transfer via waves, motion, forces and work, and characteristic properties of substances.

Physical Science
The physical science curriculum includes the study of Structures (Nature of Science and the Structure of Matter), Forces (Motion and Four Fundamental Forces), Power (Power, Energy, and Waves), Changes (Work and Machines), and Balance (Chemistry and Future Technology). Students do personal work and group work in these themes. The focus is on asking large questions and looking for patterns in science and integrating this information into all disciplines. Students develop long-term creative projects and make presentations. In the spring of odd numbered years, students become experts in one area of science and present their research at the science fair. Outdoor education experiences and the use of machinery are also a part of this study.

Life Sciences
The life science curriculum includes the study of Connections (Cells and Living Things), Exploration (Virus, Monera, Protista, and Fungi), Identity (Genetics), Systems (Animal Systems), and Interdependence (Ecosystems and Future Visions). Students do personal work and group work in these themes. The focus is on asking large questions and looking for patterns in science and integrating this information into all disciplines. Students develop long-term creative projects and make presentations. In the spring of odd numbered years, students become experts in one area of science and present their research at the science fair. Outdoor education experiences and the use of tools and machinery are also part of this study.

 

 

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