The Beaver Middle School Science Program offers students an opportunity to study energy, resources, climate science, ocean issues, genetics, infectious diseases, human body systems, earth science, ecosystems, and engineering using equipment and laboratories of exceptional quality.
Learning in the science curriculum is a student-centered and interactive process that reinforces investigation and discovery. Each course offers students unique opportunities for developmentally appropriate experimental and project work. Through experimental work, students exhibit their approach to scientific inquiry, logical thinking, precision and accuracy in measurement, control of variables, and clear, concise reporting of findings.
What is home? How do I understand my place and impact in a larger system? In 6th grade, we explore our sense of place through the several lenses, including Earth science, ecosystems, and engineering. We challenge ourselves to examine systems big and small through observation, data collection, and data analysis as we develop the skills of a good scientist. We question how the world around us works, exploring the idea of place/home from the local to the universal scale through geology, geography, ecology, astronomy, meteorology. We also work to understand how humans alter and engineer their environments through technology, urban planning, landscaping, habitat design, and site surveying.
Who am I? How does the human body work? In 7th grade, we undertake an interdisciplinary scientific exploration of human body systems. We first explore the physics and mechanics of human body by studying the muscular and skeletal systems, with the intention of understanding how humans have evolved over time with adaptations specialized to our needs. We then contrast evolution with the engineering design process as we apply biophysical principles to develop prostheses and other assistive devices. Further study helps students understand how systems process and transport vital nutrients throughout the body. With an investigation of the complex feedback mechanisms, students explore what keeps our bodies in balance and influences our behavior. Students examine the relationship between cell structure and function by investigating the minutia of the human body through the study of cell theory. We culminate with discussions about bioethics, past and present. Other topics include: pathophysiology, medicine, medical technologies, and quantified self.
Breaking News: Energy. Resources. Climate science. Ocean issues. Genetics. Infectious diseases. Science topics regularly grace today’s headlines. In 8th grade, we approach these and other current issues with a scientific lens to develop critical thinking strategies and science literacy skills. As we study the science behind current global issues, we explore how science is communicated, the controversies that arise, and how we as critical thinkers can engage with current issues through informed action and agency.