Provides the study of lab safety, scientific method, lab and measurement skills, collecting and reporting data, use of lab equipment, the nature of solids, liquids and gases, physical and chemical properties of matter, elements, compounds and mixtures, potential vs. kinetic energy, temperature vs. heat, distance-time-speed, the periodic table, forces and motions, simple machines, energy resources, minerals and rocks, the rock cycle, plate tectonics, mountain building, volcanoes and earthquakes, comparative anatomy, animal dissections, and the solar system (formation and contents); integrates participation in lab activities in order to put into practice what has been learned.
Provides an integrated approach to science, building on topics introduced in 6th grade science; includes an in-depth study of the scientific method; emphasizes study and practice of lab safety, scientific measurement and conversions, and the use of laboratory instruments and apparatus; presents topics through discussion, lab experiences, and computer simulations; includes study of the following: chemical vs. physical changes, density, cells and their functions, cell organelles, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, organic compounds present in living things, mitosis, meiosis, basic genetics, natural selection, human body systems, animal behavior, dissections and comparative anatomy, food chains and pyramids, ecology basics, biomes, water cycle, weathering, erosion and deposition, origin of the universe, creation of our solar system, and space exploration.
Focuses on an integration of chemistry, physics, and life science; provides instruction in safety rules, measurement techniques, graphing and recording analysis, and interpretation of data; topics of study include chemical interactions, motion, energy, waves and coding for robots; prepares the student for high school sciences, with an emphasis on integration of chemistry into the life sciences.
Integrates the disciplines of physics and chemistry in the following topics: motion, waves, energy transformations, properties of matter, changes in matter, and solution chemistry; through the study of chemistry: address balanced chemical equations, reaction types, and use of the periodic table; through the study of physics: calculate various motion and force problems, describe the relationship of waves and energy, and interpret how light and mirrors interact. One (1) high school credit is earned upon successful completion of the course. Prerequisite: End-of-year average of 80 or higher in Grade 7 science and an end-of-year average of 80 or higher in Pre-Algebra, Grade 7.
This course provides opportunities for the highly motivated student. It includes a more rigorous study of the unity of living things by focusing on the similarity and interrelatedness of all organisms through cell structure and function, biochemistry, heredity, evolution, and ecology. Inquiry-based labs are included, where students design and conduct their own experimental procedures, integrating science, computing, and mathematics skills. Communication, collaboration, and self-evaluation are cultivated with the aim to prepare students to succeed in high school and college level courses.