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.
Science 6 - The Science of Place
What is home? How do I understand my place and impact in a larger system? In Science 6, we get outside and explore our sense of place through several lenses, including Earth science, ecosystems, and engineering. We challenge ourselves to examine systems big and small through field study by strengthening our observation, data collection, and data analysis skills.
Science 7 - The Science of Self
Science 7 is an exploration of human body systems. Through hands-on labs and engineering design challenges, we study the human senses, nervous systems, cardiovascular system, immune system, and others. This course focuses on hands-on science lab skills, including dissection, lab safety, and experimental design as well as design skills like sketching, physical prototyping, use of art in science communication, and building by utilizing the tools in the R+D Center. Guest speakers, experimentation and design projects will introduce us to the medical and biotech professions. Ultimately, we aim to gain a deeper understanding of our bodies and minds and test our limitations through physical activity and analysis of the “quantified self.”
Science 8 - Current Global Issues in Science
Energy Resources. Climate Science. Space Exploration. Genetics. Science topics regularly grace today’s headlines. In Science 8, we approach these and other current issues with a scientific lens to develop critical thinking, research, and science literacy skills. As we study the science behind current global issues, we explore how to support scientific claims with evidence, how to communicate scientific understanding, and how we as critical thinkers can engage with current issues through informed action and advocacy.