It has been a successful year for the Science Department. A lot of learning has been taking place and all the students are ready to complete their course works. We are fortunate to have students who persevere even when science concepts prove to be difficult to understand. Our students are adept in using technologies as part of scientific inquiry and in communicating their learning. The students are provided with the opportunities to make them enlightened thinkers in the field of science.
The Earth Science course explores the origins and the connections between the physical, chemical, and biological processes of the Earth system. The students have studied the content of Earth Science through inquiry-based laboratory investigations associated with matter, energy, geochemical cycles, and erosion. The students are on the homestretch and are preparing for their project presentation on Land, Air, and Water Resources.
7th grade has been working hard on their Chemistry section of the year. They have been studying the trends and patterns on the periodic table and using it to predict the properties of individual elements. Now they are beginning to take the individual elements and predict how they will bond together.
The Life Science course emphasize a more complex understanding of change, cycles, patterns, and relationships in the living world. The students have developed and tested scientific investigations using observation, experimentation, and models, based on critical thinking and inquiry skills, to interpret and analyze scientific data. The students are on the homestretch and are now preparing to create a Rainforest Diorama during their trip to Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre on May 21-25, 2018.
The General Biology course explores living things and their life processes. The students have developed scientific process skills, laboratory techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of living organisms, including cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, ecology, nature of life, cellular respiration and fermentation, and photosynthesis. The students are now preparing for their project presentation on the Human Body Systems and End of Semester Examination.
Physics has moved on from the kinematics portion of the year, powered through the power, work and efficiency section and is now going back and forth between springs and pendulums as they finish up a section on the different types of waves.
General Chemistry is realizing how important it is to remember everything they have learned this year as they are finishing up their stoichiometry section. They are using information they learned way back in the beginning of the course to help them form compounds, identify types of reactions and predict if and what products will be formed. They then take these finished chemical reactions and use dimensional analysis to calculate quantitative information about the products and reactants in the reactions.
It has been a busy and challenging year for the AP Physics 1 students. At this point, students are expected to have cultivated their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explored the topics: kinematics; dynamics; circular motion and gravitation; energy; momentum; simple harmonic motion; torque and rotational motion; electric charge and electric force; DC circuits; and mechanical waves and sound. The students are now in midst of preparing for the AP Examination on May 8, 2018.
AP Environmental Science is interdisciplinary course, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, chemistry, and geography. The students have identified and analyzed natural and human-made environmental problems, and have examined solutions for preventing these problems. The students are now preparing for the AP Examination on May 10, 2018.