The middle school Science program aims to develop scientifically literate individuals. Students develop their analytical and reasoning skills as they make hypotheses, conduct experiments, record observations, draw conclusions, and present findings. Class discussions, debates, oral reports, and lab and research projects further facilitate the mastery of content and skills development. The integration of environmental studies into coursework helps students understand the role of science in dealing with social and technological changes facing the world.
Introduction to Life Science
For part of each year of the middle school science program, students study topics pertaining to life science. The coursework covers living things and their environments. Emphasis is placed on the investigative nature of science and the connection of the subject matter to students’ life experiences.
Introduction to Earth Science
Students study earth science throughout middle school, focusing on astronomy, environmental science, and geology. Through a study of astronomy, students expand their perceptions of the world and look beyond the Earth’s formation to learn about the relationship of the Earth within the solar system. Man’s relationship with space is also studied; students learn about the history of space travel and Moon exploration. Students study environmental topics such as man’s use of natural resources, air and water pollution, and environmental degradation. In geology, students study rocks, landforms, erosion, deposition, rivers, and glaciers.
Introduction to Physical Science and Technology
In this course, students study physical and chemical science. Students explore the physical and chemical properties of matter, energy, electricity and magnetism, natural resources, and nuclear science. They develop deductive and inductive reasoning skills and an appreciation for the importance of examining and recording data. Laboratory investigations and model-making activities challenge and develop students’ thinking and reasoning skills.
Students also learn the application of science through observations of how things around them work. They also survey popular technologies essential to the everyday lives of modern people, with an emphasis on computer and information technology.