General Science, Science in the Atomic Age

This 30 week 1 ½ hour class is a laboratory-based, middle school general science course that covers a wide range of topics.  It starts with the scientific method and continues with understanding of atoms, molecules, chemicals necessary for life, DNA, cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, how those organ systems produce organisms, how those organisms relate to one another in populations and communities. We will also cover concepts of environment, ecosystems, and biomes. These topics are all discussed in the context of history, explaining how specific scientific advances led to the scientific explanations that the students are being taught. Students will learn not only the current scientific understanding of these topics, but also how scientists reached that understanding.

In this class we will learn through experiments (over 30 conducted in class and a few at home with supplies provided) and other hands-on activities.  The course is laid out so that the student knows what to cover each day. The average student will need to work an average of about 30-40 minutes every day of the week to cover the weekly assignments.

Supplies provided by the instructor: All lab supplies, dissection supplies and specimens, models, student study guide, tests, and quizzes.

Provided by the student: The textbook Science in the Atomic Age, author Dr. Jay Wile, 3 ring binder (1 ½ to 2 inch) with 16 dividers.  You must have a reliable internet connection to attend this class. You will NOT need the Solutions and Tests manual

Class Homework requirements: Weekly assignments, average time estimate 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours depending on the student.


Time: 10:45 – 12:15
Grades: 6th – 8th
Class Fee: $375
Books and supply fee: $85
Tutor: Megan Powell

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2021-22 school year, we will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via live video streaming and the class will be recorded and posted for students to view as needed. Labs will be conducted online, and some will be completed at home.  Supplies will be provided by the tutor for home experiments.  Assignments and testing will be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. Our 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