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Science

Below are descriptions of the science courses offered at Elm Middle School. 

Science 6

Grade level: 6

This one-year course studies systems and subsystems in earth and life science, how Earth system interactions cause weather, the causes and effects of regional climates, and the effects of global warming on living systems. Students will be given opportunities to explore and answer questions about scientific phenomena in the physical, life, earth & space, and engineering content areas.

Science 7

Grade Level: 7

This one-year course studies organisms and nonliving things that are made of atoms, how matter cycles and energy flow through organisms and rocks, the natural processes and human activities that shape Earth's resources and ecosystems, and sustaining biodiversity and ecosystem services in a changing world. Students will be given opportunities to explore and answer questions about scientific phenomena in the physical, life, earth & space, and engineering content areas.

Science 8

Grade level: 8

This one-year course studies how objects move and collide, how non-contact forces influence phenomena, how evolution can help explain life's unity and diversity, and ways to sustain local and global biodiversity. Students will be given opportunities to explore and answer questions about scientific phenomena in the physical, life, earth & space, and engineering content areas.

Robotics

Grade Level: 6-8

Students learn about the history and impact of automation and robotics as they explore mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Using the VEX Robotics platform, students apply what they know to design and program traffic lights, robotic arms, and more.

Biology I Honors

Grade Level: 8

Biology I Honors is an introductory course in the life sciences. The basic concepts stressed, the group and individual learning, and the use of available technology are similar to that of Biology I. The Biology I Honors curriculum is designed to challenge the science student who is highly motivated and academically mature enough to handle a teaching method that incorporates problem solving, analysis and inquiry.

Students are selected for Biology I Honors based on predetermined criteria relating to current academic achievement. Criteria include common assessments, standardized assessments, trimester grades, student behaviors and teacher recommendations.