Science

Biology/Environmental Science
Steve Beall
Biology Syllabus

This year-long high school course engages students in the study of life and living organisms, and examines biology and biochemistry in the real world. The course encompasses traditional concepts in biology and encourages exploration of new discoveries in the field. The components include biochemistry, cell biology, cell processes, heredity and reproduction, the evolution of life, taxonomy, human body systems, and ecology. This course is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, which were developed by states to improve science education for all students. The goals of these standards are to develop a thorough understanding of content as well as improve key skills like communication, collaboration, inquiry, problem solving, and creative thinking.

Chemistry/Physical Science
Rhea Martin
Chemistry Syllabus

Chemistry is a level of magnification on a microscope. Our course involves zooming in on the items around us until we can see them at an atomic and molecular level. We’ll discuss and investigate the shape and size of atoms, the distinguishing features of the elements, and the manner in which atoms form bonds to create everything around us. Our investigations will involve a project where students research the makeup of something of interest to them, preferably connecting them to another educational topic, followed by a lab involving that makeup.

Desert Youth Gardening
Tyler Deeny-Martino

Integrated Science
Haley Odom
Integrated Science Syllabus

In this course students will learn the foundational skills of conducting scientific experiments, interpreting scientific data, and communicating scientific information to different audiences. We will explore these skills through the lens of some of the most important issues facing this generation – climate change, renewable energy, water use, pandemics, and more.

SARSEF
Steve Beall
SARSEF Syllabus

A STEM project allows you to pose your own question and answer it. Doing a STEM project involves developing and “owning” the question; researching literature; forming a hypothesis; designing an experiment; gathering and organizing the data; analyzing, graphing, and discussing the data; making a conclusion; writing the literary and research reports; and making an oral and visual presentation. Therefore, you develop and apply skills in literary and laboratory research, statistical analysis, and public speaking, while gaining a sense of empowerment and building self-esteem. Because STEM projects are actually cross-curriculum projects that train you for real-life problem solving, the STEM project integrates all aspects of your education and helps to prepare you for real-world job assignments. Having completed a STEM project, you will have the skills necessary to design future investigations in a variety of different fields. A STEM project may become the impetus for a future career.