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Science

The purpose of the Math and Science Academy’s Science Program is to broaden one’s understanding of scientific concepts and develop the skills of inquiry. Students will learn subject matter disciplines in the context of inquiry, technology, science in personal and social perspectives, and the history and nature of science while integrating all aspects of scientific concepts. Rather than study a broad range of general topics, students will study a few fundamental scientific concepts that will best prepare them for continued learning.

All elements of the program are consistent with the National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy. All content has been developed within and across grade levels to meet state-mandated goals as measured by the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA’s) Middle School and High School Science benchmarks. Subject matter is made meaningful as students practice activities that are relevant to their own lives and as they acquire information through multiple sources – educators, practice and experience, and communication with other students. Students will practice inquiring by using multiple processing skills – manipulation, cognitive, procedural – and by performing relevant short-term and extended activities that investigate and analyze science questions.

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Required Courses:

Life Science: 6th

Students will learn subject matter disciplines in the context of inquiry, technology, science in personal and social perspectives, and history and nature of science while integrating all aspects of biological concepts consistent with State Standards, the National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy. Rather than study a broad range of general biological topics, students will study a few fundamental scientific concepts that will best prepare them for success in AP Biology/Biological Sciences. Students will practice inquiry by using multiple processing skills – manipulation, cognitive, procedural, laboratory descriptions investigations, and by performing relevant short-term and extended activities that investigate and analyze science questions.

Earth Science: 7th

Students will investigate Earth science concepts including the nature and practice of science, Earth in space, geology, meteorology, and human interactions with Earth systems. Students will demonstrate the application of critical thinking skills to science problems and develop an awareness of basic underlying concepts that relate to or explain the natural world (systems, cycles, order, change, energy and matter, cause and effect). The course includes in-class and group activities, online learning, labs and inquiry, research projects, and other assignments.

Physical Science: 8th

Physical Science is foundational to high school chemistry and physics. This class presents a wide range of topics including scientific methods, measurements, matter, chemistry, chemical systems, motion and forces, simple machines, sound, light, and electricity. It can be mathematically intense, and the students will develop a strong conceptual understanding of Physical Science by the end of the year. The first semester is an introduction to chemistry, and the second semester will concentrate on physics.

Biology: 9th

Students enrolled in this course will learn about the living world at all levels of organization and the processes involved at those levels. To do this, students will work with concepts, theories, and principles of the living environment. Topics will include cells and cellular processes, genetics, evolution, diversity of life, body systems, and ecology. Laboratory activities and field investigations will be used to supplement student understanding of each of these topics. In addition to these topics, students will also learn about historical biology background, potential careers in the field of biology, and evaluate current biology-related issues.

General Chemistry: 10th

Chemistry is a course in which the student will investigate chemical and physical behavior of matter using the scientific method. In the laboratory the student will learn to make careful observation, seek out regularities, and attempt to provide explanations for observed behavior. The student is introduced to a fundamental understanding of chemical reactions and chemical bonding through a detailed analysis of the structure of the atom. These experiences are centered around laboratory activities with much emphasis being placed on process, observation, and evaluation of observation.

General Physics: 11th

This course provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world.  Topics include basic concepts of motion, forces, energy, optics, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of matter and the universe.  Upon completion, students should be able to describe examples and applications of the principles studied.  Laboratory experiments and computer-based exercises enhance and consolidate the understanding of basic physical principles and applications.  Prior to taking this class students should have 1 year of algebra and a basic understanding of trigonometry.

Elective Courses:

Engineering: 7th- 8th

Students will investigate science and engineering concepts through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities. Some projects will incorporate computer design and the use of fabrication equipment to create a variety of products. Students will participate in guided investigations and open-ended problem solving activities, learn how to document their work, and communicate their solutions to others. A lab fee of about $25 will cover fabrication materials needed for the course.

A Taste of Science: 9th-12th

Have you ever wondered what makes bread rise?  Why is red velvet cake red?  Now is your chance to find out! In this course, we will explore the science behind cooking and food ingredients.  You will explore the budding field of "molecular gastronomy" and become familiar with some techniques used in this field.  For example, we will bake red velvet cake and investigate the secret behind the red color. You will also turn yogurt into "ravioli", create rock candy, make ice cream and marshmallows from scratch! In addition to these, you will have the opportunity to delve into the science of climate change and become a detective in the world of forensic science with opportunities to investigate blood-spatter patterns and bullet trajectories!

Science of Flight: 9th-12th

This one semester class will explore the science of flight as well as the industry that surrounds this field. Students will build hot air balloons, gliders, rockets and powered airplanes and will test their designs against others in class.  Additional topics to be covered include maps, meteorology, flight simulation and other industry tools of the aviation field.  There will be an approximate $15 fee to cover the cost of materials each year for the Flight Course.  The final fee will be based on the number of students signing up for the course.  Each student will be able to keep both the power airplane and the rocket they build.  If there is a financial hardship, the school can provide a scholarship.

Anatomy & Physiology: 10th-12th

This course will focus on the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics will include each of the body systems and will focus on the relationship between the physiological and anatomical features of each. Laboratory work will include dissection of preserved specimens, physiological experiments, and computer simulations to encourage understanding of material.
Prerequisites: Biology or AP Biology must be taken prior to enrolling in this course.

Advanced Placement (AP) Biology: 9th - 12th

This course can be taken in place of Biology for the graduation requirement or as an elective for students in 10th-12th grade. Students have the option of taking an AP exam in May for college credit. This course is meant to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course that covers topics of the living world at all levels of organization. The goal is to provide the knowledge and analytical skills necessary to understand the field of biology.
For more information on this course go to: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/ap-student/course/ap-biology-2012-course-exam-description.pdf

Prerequisites: B- or higher in Biology or two of the following: B- in Life Science; PSAT composite (average) score of 70% or higher; approval of the Science Department

Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry: 10th – 12th

This course can be taken in place of Chemistry for the graduation requirement or as an elective for students in 10th-12th grade. The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year, and uses a college level text signed out to 9th grade students after they have completed Biology at the end of the school year. This course will prepare students for success on the 2015 AP Chemistry Test. Students will complete a self-paced summer preparation program consisting of videos and online assignments covering chapters 1 – 3 and most of chapter 4. Students will be required to meet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 4, 2014, and August 18, 2014. The morning sessions will be for instructor assistance and the afternoon sessions will be labs. Students will test on these chapters the second week in September. Students will complete many labs recommended by the College Board. (Note-It is highly recommended that students take Chemistry before this course. They will be more successful and this will eliminate the need for summer school.)

Prerequisites: B- or higher in Chemistry or two of the following: B- in first semester Physical Science; PSAT composite (average) score of 70% or higher; approval of the Science Department.

Advanced Placement (AP) Physics: 10th – 12th

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.  The course is based on six Big Ideas, which encompass core scientific principles, theories, and processes that cut across traditional boundaries and provide a broad way of thinking about the physical world.

Prerequisites: 11th and 12th grade Math: Must have completed Algebra III with a b+ or above and will be in a Pre-Calculus or higher class while taking AP Physics. Science: Completed Chemistry (AP or non-AP with a B+ or higher. Summer homework: Science skills review packet.

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