- Teacher: Brian Joel Zink
This course serves as an introduction to and covers broad aspects of environmental science and environmental studies. The course evaluates natural environmental processes as well as human impacts to these processes. Students are able to examine the effects associated with growth in a developing world; environmental impact of population growth on natural resources; mineral an resource extraction; water resource uses; and renewable and non-renewable sources of power generation. Students consider sustainability issues in general. Emphasis is placed on a holistic approach to environmental science using, environmental surveys, field trip, and class discussions to reinforce scientific principles.
- Teacher: Julián Alberto Flores Díaz
Pre-requisite: Teacher recommendation, 90%+ weighted average in previous science course, department head approval, and summer assignment.
A particularly noteworthy area of this program is the development of the variety of problem-solving skills and the critical thinking process. Students are encouraged to think about the method of solution to problems rather than to mechanically apply a formula to produce an answer. Mastery of the concepts of chemistry in conjunction with the ability to analyze, evaluate, and reason is what this course demands.
This course differs from the Chemistry I course in the depth, speed, and research projects in which topics are covered and perform a thorough investigation of organic chemistry and biochemistry. A variety of laboratories, research projects and hands-on activities are used to develop critical thinking and analysis skills. Upon completion of this course, students are prepared to take AP Chemistry.
We will be investigating the nature of motion, forces and energy this semester. In the course of those investigations, we’ll learn a bit about statistics, measurement, mathematical modeling, scientific notation, and practice our basic algebra. We will be investigating how things move by playing with all sorts of fun toys including high frame-rate video cameras, force sensors, balls, and anything else that contributes to understanding.
- Teacher: Rhett Butler