The Upper School 1 curriculum is an integrated science course that allows students to study a variety of scientific concepts and their applications in the real world. Students gain an understanding in the life sciences, physical sciences, and environmental sciences at a macroscopic level through discussion, debate, and design-thinking. Systems and System Models is one of the cross-cutting concepts emphasized within each of these sciences. Students will learn the importance of the interactions between parts of systems that work together to function as a whole. Students will engage in a scientific debate in addition to laboratory and problem-based activities to develop their researching, evaluation, literacy and communication skills. Through meaningful, inquiry-based learning opportunities, students will experience both the scientific and engineering design processes.
Students will also:
- Know, use, and interpret scientific explanations of the natural world.
- Generate and evaluate scientific evidence and explanations.
- Understand the nature and development of scientific knowledge.
- Participate productively in scientific practices and discourse.
- Students construct and test hypotheses.
- Collect, evaluate, and employ information from multiple primary and secondary sources.
- Conduct individual and group experiments to test hypotheses
- Apply findings in oral, written, and visual presentations.
- Students develop research skills through the use of print and electronic sources and create effective basic research bibliographies in concert with our research specialist.
- Students synthesize complex ideas, in written, discussion, visual, graphic and oral presentations, to present balanced information with clarity, conciseness, and thorough presentation skills.
Students will gain the skills listed above through the following course content:
- The Nature of Science: How do scientists gather and share information?
- From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes.
- Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics.
- Unity and Diversity of Life: How does the transfer of matter and energy through biological communities support diversity of living things?
- Energy: Transfer of Energy, Kinetic and Potential Energy, and Heat Flow.
- Environmental Science: Natural Resource Conservation, Pollution, and Human Impact.