This 30-week, 1 hour 40-minute course is designed to be a student’s first systematic, introduction to science, as well as an overview to more advanced study skills. There will be a quarterly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) challenge that will help with developing critical thinking skills, cognitive reasoning, analytical investigation, creative problem solving, and positive teamwork that students can incorporate across all aspects of life—now and in the future.
This course will cover the core basic foundations of all sciences. These include life, physical, earth, and biological sciences. Topics to be explored are simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, human anatomy and physiology. Not only will students learn these basics, but will also learn the history of science—important individuals and their contributions; the scientific method—what it is and why it’s important; and how to properly design experiments for optimal results and determine the conclusions.
The basic textbook for this course is Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science. This text is written in an engaging, conversational tone, that is capable of grabbing a teen’s attention and keeping their focus. This is reinforced with colorful illustrations, pictures, tables and charts. It is written from a Christian viewpoint and perspective; the authors lift up God’s incredible design for the world.
Class components will consist of lecture, lab experiments, hands-on learning exercises, fun mastery games, and four multi-week STEM challenges.
Items to be supplied by students: Exploring Creation with General Science 2nd edition. Textbook (feel free to purchase a used copy of this text).
Items to be supplied by instructor: Note-taking pages and worksheets
Home access to computer/internet is required for this class. We communicate test and post grades on line.
Wednesday 8:50-10:30 (note early start time)
Grades: 7 – 8
Class Fee: $350
Books and supply fee: $100
Tutor: Rhonda Clark
Covid Contingency Plan
In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects the ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2020-21 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. The students and I will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. I will supply students with necessary items and proper instruction to complete experiments at home. Assignments will be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. The goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.