Armin Jahr | Head of Science Dept.
Science 7 is a life science course. Life science explores observations and decisions about living things. In Science 7 students will learn about observations other people have made as well as develop skills necessary to make good observations on their own. Students will look to what God has said about life and living organisms as they learn the principles He has given to direct our decision making concerning living things. The text presents the material from a Christian perspective.
Science 8 is an earth science course. In Science 8 students study God’s natural world including geology, oceanography, astronomy, meteorology and the environment. Through a close look at the water cycle, the motions of the universe and the external and internal forces that shape the earth, students develop an increased appreciation for God’s creation. As they are led to examine their own lifestyles, they become conscious of the impact their actions have on the environment.
Physics 9 provides the student with a foundation in physics and chemistry as preparation for more-advanced science courses. In Physics 9 students study the basic structure of matter, how forces produce motion and hold matter together, the various forms of energy, chemical elements and the compounds they form. The text emphasizes science not as the source of ultimate truth, but rather as a tool to learn about God’s world. By studying science, the students discover the laws or ordinances that God has established to govern the physical world.
Biology is the study of life systems. The class content is taught from a Christian perspective, which marvels at God's creative design in all of life's diversity. This is a rigorous college preparatory class designed to introduce you to the major focal points of biology, including organic chemistry, cell biology, genetics, theories of biological genesis, classification and comparative anatomy & physiology. The class incorporates labs, field work and dissections for a hands-on biology experience.
Pre-Requisite: Physical Science, Algebra 1, Biology is recommended.
Chemistry is the study of matter: its properties, interactions and formations. This class provides an overview of the discipline of chemistry, relating chemical models to real world substances. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, measurements & formulas, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws and an introduction to organic chemistry. Concepts are reinforced through labs. This is a rigorous college preparatory class that focuses on mastering foundational skills necessary for success in college chemistry.
Pre-Requisite: Physical Science, Algebra 1, Geometry is strongly recommended.
Physics is the study of the interaction of time, matter and space. It is the foundational to art, the sciences, technology, engineering, robotics, computer applications and life. The class is based on group projects and hands-on experiences alternating with concept development to achieve three goals: 1) gain problem-solving skills within a team context, 2) gain a strong conceptual understanding of physics, 3) become highly proficient at applying physical models to predict real life outcomes. Topics covered include Newtonian physics, kinetics, energy, waves, sound, light, magnetism, electricity and an introduction to quantum physics.
Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology is an introductory course in which students study one of God’s spectacular creations, the human body. The course includes a basic overview of the body’s biological systems, how they are organized and how they function. Students study interactions between various cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. Anatomy and Physiology explores practical and relevant applications of anatomical knowledge to everyday life. This course is especially useful for students contemplating a future medical career.
The course, Robotics, is a project-based learning experience that introduces the concepts and applications of robotic technology to students. The class follows the engineering design process to design, prototype, modify and compete in robotic challenges. This is done through scratch-built Arduino-based robots, VEX robotics kits and in cooperation with Central Lakes Robotics (CLR) which competes in the BEST robotics program. CLR is the top scoring BEST robotics team, consistently taking the top honors in the past four years of competition.
Students that sign up for the robotics class learn important STEM skills, including the engineering design process, teamwork, marketing, speech, CAD, principles of mechanical and electrical engineering, coding, the use of shop tools such as mills, 3D printers and CNC routers. Students will have opportunities to investigate practical applications of robotic technology at local businesses and through research projects. The class meets daily during the school schedule. The formal BEST robotic build portion of the class takes place when CLR meets after school.