Beginning in 6th grade, Science becomes a core subject. The four objectives for middle school science include: knowledge and understanding of the concepts in each unit; inquiring and designing skills by asking testable questions and designing controlled experiments; processing and evaluating data with an evidence-based approach; and reflecting on the impacts of science in each unit - how the science is needed and used to improve our world. Like in Elementary, students touch all three - physical, life, and earth science areas, each year.
Each year students design and conduct their own experiments and have the option to enter the school science fair during our BCD STEAMposium event and qualify to enter the Boulder Valley Regional Science Fair.
In 6th grade, students focus on the theme of Energy though units such matter and energy cycles in ecosystems, forms of energy, forces & motion, sound & light waves, and atomic structure & chemical reactions. An introduction to dissection begins in 6th along with interdisciplinary work with the Metric Olympics.
In 7th, the theme is Change Over Time, through units on studying structures and functions of cells, genetics and heredity, structure and functions of human body systems, evolution of life on earth, and natural selection and adaptations.
In 8th, students wrestle with Human Impacts on the Environment through units such as: weather & climate, the Earth’s history, plate tectonics, natural resources, and astronomy. They often collaborate with the art department creating climate change posters and with Individual and Society (IB social studies) for climate resolutions during the annual Model United Nations.