STEM 8 A

Why This Class

Physics is known for being one of the most exciting areas of science—and one of the hardest to teach. If you’ve ever struggled to help your student learn or become interested in physics, this course will help by showing them how physics impacts them every day.

Throughout this course, mentors guide students to recognize the principles of physics at work in amusement parks, superhero stories, and their own life experiences. The projects and experiments in this course help students think and break down arguments like physicists. The course ends with a school-wide science fair competition that lets students apply what they’ve learned to solve challenging problems and demonstrate STEM concepts in action.

By completing this course, students gain confidence in their ability to learn new things and prepare to succeed in more advanced science courses. They are also more aware of the inner workings of the world around them.

Overarching Questions

How do scientists think?

How can I use the scientific method to further my learning?

What are the fundamental laws of energy and matter?

What is the principle of conservation of energy?

Reading List

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

Physics: Why Matter Matters by Dan Green and Simon Basher

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 8th

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 6 (Classic) to 8 (Honors)*

Format: Live

Credits: 0.5

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