STEM 6/7 B

Why This Class

Your student has a natural fascination with the world, and you want to nurture their curiosity. This course is designed to level-up your student’s sense of wonder at the natural world by taking them on a guided journey through the fundamentals of earth science.

Through projects, in-class experiments, and discussions, students explore the relationship between life on Earth and various natural systems. Mentors help students trace the flow of energy from the Sun to Earth by investigating food chains, habitats, ecosystems, and biomes. Students also discover the water, carbon and nitrogen cycles and find out how environmental chain reactions can affect the overall health of the planet.

By completing the projects in this course (including a final summit project involving The Bee Cause), students become more intrigued than ever by the interconnectedness of life on Earth and are motivated to take responsibility as stewards of their planet.

Overarching Questions

From where does every living thing receive its energy?

In what ways are the living systems on Earth connected and intertwined?

How do populations of a particular species expand and decrease?

What can bees and butterflies teach us about our changing world?

How will I act differently because of the things I learned this semester?

Reading List

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 6th, 7th

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5 (Classic) to 7 (Honors)*

Format: Live

Credits: 0.5

*Help from parents will be necessary to complete some projects. All classes include supplemental projects and optional readings.