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 (Fall 2017 – Spring 2018)

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: Physical Science & Life Science (Fall 2018 – Spring 2019)

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

We will spend most of the year investigating Physical Science. We will study atoms and molecules, interactions of energy and matter, and balanced and unbalanced forces. At the end of the year we will explore a little Life Science as we learn that all living systems are composed of cells that form organisms. Throughout the year we will be using The Scientific Method to learn these concepts. Students will answer questions by first exploring what they know, forming a hypothesis, and conducting an experiment so they can produce and answer and draw conclusions.


High School Science: Physics

Instructor: Mr. James Crosetti
Grade Level or Ability Level: Grades 8-12
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Must have completed Algebra
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10
Course Materials: TBD

Topics to be covered:

  1. Nature of science, scientific method, historical aspects
  2. Motion and kinematics
  3. Momentum
  4. Energy – Work, kinetic, gravitational with discussion of car crashes and safety
  5. Relativity – Newton vs Einstein, postulates and thought experiments, perceived paradoxes, applications in our world
  6. Basic electricity visit to Spark Museum (Bellingham)
  7. General wave properties visit to Mind Port (Bellingham)
  8. Sound waves
  9. Light and color
  10. Nuclear physics – basic radiation, fission and fusion, particle physics and the Standard model, quantum mechanics
  11. Visit to Triumf cyclotron (UBC campus)

High School Science: Chemistry I

Instructor: Mr. James Crosetti
Grade Level or Ability Level: Grades 9-12
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Must have completed, or is currently studying, Algebra
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10
Course Materials: Lab fees and Textbook TBD

Topics to be covered:

  1. Development of theory of the structure of the atom
  2. Organization and meaning of the periodic table
  3. Theory of atomic bonding
  4. Brief overview of radioactivity
  5. The mole theory and mathematics of chemistry
  6. Solutions and solubility
  7. Acids and bases – definitions, pH, titration, an examination of the problem of acid rain
  8. Reduction-oxidation – calculate oxidation number, use half-reactions to predict reactions, electrochemistry (electrochemical cells, electrolysis, electroplating), discussion of electric cars
  9. Organic chemistry – major families, simple naming rules, reaction types
  10. Applied chemistry in agriculture, fresh water supplies, atmospheric science