STEM 6/7 C

Why This Class

Wouldn’t it be great if your student could study nitty-gritty science and learn about the things that make up our entire world? In this course, students explore the atom. Together with their mentor they will be able to marvel at the simplicity of an atom and all of the complex things atoms create. 

In this course, students will observe the interconnectedness of all things on our planet. They will learn about Earth’s systems and what makes them work. They will study ecosystems and observe organisms working together to create the place they call home. 

The semester will end by looking at how all of these systems affect humans. Extreme weather can seem mysterious and frightening, especially when you’re young. In the event of a natural disaster, it helps if your student is aware of what’s happening and what they can do in response. Students will leave the course with a deeper understanding of what they can do to study, learn about, and respect the planet.

Overarching Questions

How does energy affect the state of matter?

Why is our planet called a living planet?

Which of Earth’s systems are powered by uneven heating and cooling?

What would happen if the decomposers disappeared?

How do we engineer buildings to withstand earthquakes?

Reading List


This course requires a few supplies. Please see the book list in SIS for details.

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 6th, 7th

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5

Format: Live

Credits: 0.5

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

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Please note that program and course descriptions, as well as reading and materials lists, are subject to change as we continuously improve our curriculum throughout the year. Book and materials lists for the upcoming school year are published in SIS mid to late June. Some courses require subscriptions e.g., Adobe software or online magazines that may not be covered by partner schools.