PLEASE NOTE:

This list of classes is everything we could offer. Not all classes make it onto our class schedule. If you see something here that is not on the schedule then contact the instructor for that class. We have flexibility: when there is interest we can gather a group and begin a class. Any time. Fees can be adjusted accordingly, and would be set by the instructor and the administrator. Please ask!


Grade School Science: Rain Forest/ Marine Life (Beginning Fall 2017)

Instructor: Mrs. Hadfield
Grade Level or Ability Level: Ages 7-11
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10

We will begin the year studying all aspects of the Tropical Rain Forest. Some of the areas we will cover are weather patterns, ecosystems, food web, plants and animals and their needs, products produced and the people and their culture who inhabit the area. As we study each aspect we will compare and contrast it to other areas of the world. After this unit we will study Marine Life in the same way. For both units we will be creating a mural as we learn. I hope to end the year with a tide pool visit.


Middle School Science: Earth and Space Science/ Wetland Habitat (Beginning Fall 2017)

Instructor: Mrs. Hadfield
Grade Level or Ability Level: Ages 10-14
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10

In this class we will study many aspects of the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, solar system and the milky way galaxy. We will explore the properties of the atmosphere and the sun’s effect on the earth. We will also study the earth’s composition, plates, landforms, rocks, fossils, natural catastrophes and the water cycle. After finishing the Earth and Space unit we will study the biology of our local lakes and ponds. I hope to be able to go on a field trip to gather specimens to study.


Middle School Science: Marine Biology

Instructor: Mrs. Berdan
Grade Level or Ability Level: Grades 6-10
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10
Course Materials: Access to a tablet or laptop is encouraged. We might use computer tools for data manipulation.

In this class, we will begin with microscopic organisms and work up to the Southern Resident Killer Whale community, and the health of the Salish Sea as a whole.

Students will strengthen their knowledge of marine life by acting as Marine Biologists during the course of study. From the hands-on study of diatoms and dinoflagellates to the current work being done in the Salish Sea regarding protection of marine life, this course will include marine science researching and some possible field work in Birch Bay. We will also make lab journals to use for the course.

We will also invite local Biologists to stop in and share their own work and research.


High School Science: Physics

Instructor: Mrs. Berdan
Grade Level or Ability Level: Grades 8-12
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Must have completed Algebra
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10
Course Materials: Access to a tablet or laptop is encouraged. We might use computer tools for data manipulation.

We will discuss the principles of Physics by exploring light, sound, heat, electricity and motion. By understanding these foundational laws, we can learn how to ask questions about the world around us. We will study each of these aspects which impact our daily lives to see how they truly work.

Students will strengthen their knowledge of common elements of physics by developing experiments to test current theory. A possible trip to an engineering testing facility is being considered.


High School Science: Chemistry I

Instructor: Mrs. Berdan
Grade Level or Ability Level: Grades 9-12
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Must have completed Algebra
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10
Course Materials: Lab fees and Textbook TBD

This course is a practical, hands-on study of the building blocks of life. We will become familiar with the periodic table, electron configuration, stoichiometry and nomenclatures, chemical equations, acids and bases, as well as pH. We will build model molecules and explore crystals.

The lab portion of the course can be held at the instructor’s home lab in Lynden on Thursdays.