Understanding Energy

  • In Understanding Energy, students will learn about types of energy and the origin of all of the energy on Earth.  Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on activities, supported by presentations, reading, and writing activities, students will understand that all energy originates from stars and is converted in many different ways into energy we can use to power our homes and vehicles.  Students will learn about energy efficiency and different types of power plants.  Ultimately, students will engineer a device that showcases their knowledge of the origins of energy and its conversion.



    In Waves, students learn about the structure and function of waves. Through several hands-on activities, students will learn about the properties of waves, the limits of waves and how technology has created devices to overcome the limits of wave communication.  The unit culminates with the students creating their own devices to send a coded message.

Shaping Our Earth

  • In Shaping the Earth, students will take a more in-depth look at erosion and erosion prevention. Then they will look at layering of deposited material (rock layers), fossil evidence and plate tectonics. Finally, they will study and model plate tectonics and work on the design of an earthquake-proof building. 

The Structures and Functions of Life

  • In Structures and Functions of Life, students learn about the anatomy and physiology of plants and animals and how they allow organisms to survive, grow, and reproduce. Through several hands-on activities, students will learn about the major structures of plants as well as those of animals including humans. A class set of fiddler crabs are provided for observation and comparisons to other organisms.