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High School Science Department

We have a classroom where we have lectures and discussions and a science laboratory where we do experiments. In addition, we also have an engineering lab where we build our projects and create robotics. Students are expected to follow safety rules while conducting experiments; they all receive an annual training before doing any experiments in class. Experiments range from making slime to extracting DNA from strawberries to making silver ornaments.

Physical Science:

This course is designed to understand basic elements of chemistry and physics from sub-atomic level to macroscopic level. The student will learn broad topics of chemistry: atoms, elements, periodic table, compounds, chemical equations, chemical reactions, chemical bonds, kinetic theory of matter, behavior of gases, and acids and bases. The student will also learn broad topics of physics: motion, force, work, power, energy, waves, magnetism, electricity, and electromagnetic spectrum. The student will develop the following skills: describe phenomena, compare and contrast, analyze and evaluate data, perform laboratory skills, write lab reports, use real-world applications, and use critical thinking skills. This class is a full year required course for freshmen.

Biology:

This course is designed to understand elements of biology from microscopic level to macroscopic level. The student will learn broad topics of biology: all living things are composed of cells, chemistry of life, cell structures that have specific functions to allow organism to grow, survive and reproduce, interrelationship and interdependence of organisms, matter and energy cycles, genetics, evolution, and human interaction with living systems. The student will develop the following skills: describe phenomena, compare and contrast, analyze and evaluate data, perform laboratory skills, write lab reports, use real-world applications, and use critical thinking skills. This class is a full year required course for sophomores, and students are required to take physical science  before taking this course.

Chemistry:

This course is designed to understand elements of chemistry from sub-atomic level to macroscopic level. The student will learn broad topics of chemistry: atoms, elements, periodic table, compounds, chemical equations, chemical reactions, chemical bonds, kinetic theory of matter, behavior of gases, moles, water, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. The student will develop the following skills: describe phenomena, compare and contrast, analyze and evaluate data, perform laboratory skills, write lab reports, use real-world applications, and use critical thinking skills. This class is a full year required course for juniors or seniors, and students are required to take physical science and algebra 1 before taking this course.

Chemistry in the Community:

This course is designed to understand the elements of chemistry from sub-atomic level to macroscopic level with real-life applications. Students will study the chemistry of water, air, polymers, forensics, art, and other topics. The student will develop the following skills: describe phenomena, compare and contrast, analyze and evaluate data, perform laboratory skills, write lab reports, use real-world applications, and use critical thinking skills. This class is a full year required course for juniors or seniors, and students are required to take physical science before taking this course. Algebra 1 is not required for this course.

Anatomy and Physiology:

Anatomy and Physiology is one semester elective course that uses labs and projects to investigate the structure and function of the human body. Topics covered in this course will include the following: basic organization of the body, major body systems, basic physiology of the body, and how diseases make impact on systems. Students will learn through reading materials, study guides, online modules, unit packets, group work, projects, and labs. High levels of achievement are expected. Students are responsible for their own work. One of the goals of this course is to prepare students with the skills necessary to be successful in future science classes in college.

Food Science:

Food science is a one semester elective course that uses the labs and projects in the kitchen to investigate chemical reactions in food. Different food units include raised bread, flat bread, eggs, cakes, cookies, meats, and candy. Students are expected to participate in the preparation of the food and tasting of the food. In addition, students are expected to complete a research project on specific food and share with the class at the end of the semester. The goal of this class is to appreciate the food and the science behind the food.

Problem Solving and Engineering

This is a design-based course in which students will learn the concepts of engineering design and problem solving by completing a series of projects. The intention of this course is to teach engineering design through a practical and real world approach to problem solving. Students will be able to apply principles of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, communication, and teamwork to the solution of project designs and problem solving. The student will develop the following skills: design a model, solve problems, work together as a team, test solutions, revise the design, and use critical thinking skills. This class is a one semester elective course for juniors and seniors.