ScienceScience 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.