STEM 6/7 C

Why This Class

Wouldn’t it be great if your student could study nitty-gritty science and learn how to take excellent care of themselves, all in one class? In this course, students explore the inner workings of, and principles of caring for, the human mind and body.

Mentors in this course help students pursue their “Junior Medical Degrees” by studying and creating models of the body systems that allow humans to live, breath, move, and enjoy life. Mentors guide students on a study of the adolescent brain and the changes it undergoes over a lifetime. The summit project in this course invites students to communicate with a hospital-bound pen-pal to understand the lived experience of a physical illness.

By the end of this course, students gain insights that enable them to take better care of their physical and mental health and can describe what makes human life possible. They can also better empathize with those struggling with ill health.

Overarching Questions

What daily habits and practices keep my body healthy?

How is the human body organized into different body systems?

How can nature contribute to a healthy mind and body?

How do infectious disease spread and how can I prevent these diseases?

What are the newest technologies being used to help diagnose and treat disease?

Reading List

The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body by David Macaulay

Fantastic Voyage by Isaac Asimov

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.