The purpose of this website is to serve as a resource for some general course information but most course content and homework and assignments are tracked on Schoology, the online classroom management system. Schoology is also where students submit, track completion, and view grades for most of their work. Parents/guardians have privileges to view their child's Schoology account using a special access code (contact me if you do not have the code from 7th grade).
This year we study physical science with an emphasis on active learning through experimentation and team work. A major highlight for students is undertaking either an experimental or engineering science fair project to be celebrated in April. Together, as a growth mind-set learning community, we explore topics of motion & forces, energy, properties of matter, chemistry, heat transfer, waves, light, sound, and electricity & magnetism. In addition to building a better understanding of fundamental physical science concepts, we emphasize real-world connections that relate to these guiding questions:
*What are current research discoveries and applications of science, and how might our daily lives be influenced by this knowledge and technology?
*What areas of science and engineering interest you, and what possible STEM career paths match your interests?
*What is engineering and how does it relate to science?
*What skills and habits of mind are involved in science and engineering?
*What are strengths and limitations of scientific and engineering processes?