STEM 8 B
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.
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?
Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray
Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can do at Home—But Probably Shouldn't by Theodore Gray
Earth by James F. Luhr
Pate de Foie Gras by Isaac Asimov
Victory Unintentional by Isaac Asimov
Recommended Grade: 8th
Estimated Weekly Hours: 6 (Classic), 8 (Honors)*
*Help from parents will be necessary to complete some of these projects. All classes will include supplemental projects and optional readings.