Science

Science 6 focuses on hands-on exploration and development of a deeper understanding of science by measuring, observing, and discovering the connections between physical events. The goal of the year is to generate a genuine sense of wonder and awe about the world around us. In this course, students explore forces, motion, the composition of matter, physical and chemical changes, and an investigation of human body systems. Students are introduced to the scientific method and data collection.

Science 7 introduces students to the geology of the Cumberland Plateau, topography, landforms, and mapmaking, using this focus to develop a deeper understanding of Earth's geologic processes. During the third quarter, there is a unit on human reproduction and genetics. The year concludes with units on natural resource use, human impacts on Earth's resources, and an introduction to climate change. Throughout the school year, students maintain a neat and orderly scientific notebook, using it to record and document all experiments, fieldwork, and hands on activities following scientific guidelines.

Science 8 uses the campus as a laboratory. Using an integrated approach, students study the properties of water, the water cycle, wetlands and wetland habitats, photosynthesis, biology, botany, water quality, chemistry, water treatment, conservation, and eco-system dynamics. An on-going wetlands monitoring project that includes water, soil, and plant analysis provides an “umbrella” for fieldwork and building skills in data collection, graphing, and analysis, as well as the opportunity to participate in a multi-year project that has resulted in published research. The wetland theme serves as a framework for integrating the sciences and learning by doing. The year culminates in original student-designed research projects. Throughout the year, students maintain detailed and meticulous

scientific notebooks, use scientific instrumentation, become accomplished in the scientific method, and communicate science through writing and oral presentations.

Wade Hall for the Sciences

Wade Hall for the Sciences is a LEED Gold Certified facility co-designed by the SAS science faculty and Franklin Architects of Chattanooga to create the optimal space for science learning.



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Sustainable Design

In addition to providing a warm, fun, and engaging space for the study of the sciences, Wade Hall is an on-going experiment and learning tool.The building's green design elements include:

Solar orientation: Wade Hall is oriented to use the sun as a free source of lighting. The long axis of the building runs east-west providing natural light for the classrooms.
Thermal envelope: Advanced framing and insulating techniques, heat reflective roofing, and high-performance glass minimizes thermal energy transfer through the envelope of the building. This helps keep students warm in the winter and cool in the summer without too much need for air conditioning.
Embodied energy: Materials and systems with high recycled content and that are easily recycled and regionally-sourced keep the embodied energies* of the building low.
High efficiency HVAC: Natural ventilation and a high efficiency mechanical system provide heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC). This system provides a high level of individual control but uses a fraction of the energy of a traditional system. Windows open at occupant level and near the ceiling to allow hot air to escape and provide natural ventilation.
Indoor environment quality: Low-to-no VOC materials and finishes in the building reduce off-gassing and maintain a high level of indoor air quality. Visual and physical access to the outdoors is available throughout the building.
*Embodied energy refers to the energy bound up in a material as a result of factors such as growth, extraction, processing, manufacturing, packaging, transport and disposal.
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