Why This Class

As a parent, you want your student to be confident they can gain the knowledge and skills needed to accomplish whatever they want in life. This course guides students to level-up their learning abilities in two challenging and rewarding areas of science: chemistry and earth science.

Mentors in this course help students learn what sets Earth apart from other planets in the universe. Through hands-on projects and experiments, students learn to identify the chemical building blocks that make up Earth and distinguish them from substances found on other planets. The course wraps up with a project where students collect and organize scientific data and share it with professional scientists to expand humanity’s knowledge of the world.

As a result of completing this course, students feel an increased appreciation for Earth’s uniqueness and are more ready than ever to tackle new learning adventures in high school and beyond.

Overarching Questions

How does the periodic table work?

What are chemical bonds?

How can earth science help me understand the biggest things on Earth and compare them to the most massive objects in the universe?

How does the rest of the solar system compare to the structure of the Earth?

How does the Earth change over time?

Reading List


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

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 8th

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 6

Format: Live

Credits: 0.5

*Help from parents will be necessary to complete some of these projects. All classes will 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.