Applied Life Sciences (13+)
Teacher: Lynnette Bedard
Day / Time: Wednesday 11:00 - 12:30
Cost: $256 or $64/month for 4 months - 16 week class
Material Fees: $35
What is applied science? The dictionary defines it as the discipline that deals with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems...and that is what this class is all about! We will use earth, life, and physical science knowledge that students have learned in recent years and try to solve small and large problems.
When we think of science education, we often over look the many industries and careers that use science every day. A few examples are: 1) Chemistry is used in cooking, pharmaceuticals, fuels, 2) Biology is essential to the medical field, 3) Earth Science is critical to agriculture, water and waste management, and 4) Physical laws are used in engineering, space exploration, and computers. Of course, there are many, many more industries and science disciplines often overlap. We will explore the “how” of science in everyday life so students will understand “why” science is so important to them...making it personal.
This will be a very student centered class, with an emphasis on assuring that their interests are nurtured, while using, reinforcing and expanding on scientific principles. Projects may include (depending on student interest):
*Design, complete, analyze, and present findings of an experiment demonstrating photosynthesis that demonstrates how findings could be used to support long term space travel in travel or solve world hunger (growing food in new locals such as basements or underwater)
*Design a product to increase renewable energy use somewhere in the world.
*Research a plant, maybe from the Amazon, that is used in a life-saving medicine, include a suggestion for other uses.
*Use knowledge of Natural Disasters and Physics to design a structure that will withstand a Natural Event for a given area.
Additionally, because many students find reading and comprehending non-fiction information difficult, there will be specific instruction and practice in decoding science literature. Likewise, writing non-fiction papers can be difficult so they will be practicing this skill as well. For example, they may write an informative essay about how DNA is used to diagnose, cure, or prevent illness, using beginning APA format. Finally, science is a collaborative field and requires presentation skills, therefore students will works in groups to develop and strength collaborative skills and make group and individual presentations of their projects. All these skills are highly valued in colleges and businesses and are considered essential 21st Century skills for their generation.
Students will be able to access the Internet during class time to do research, however additional research may be necessary at home. When practicing scientific reading and writing, time will be allotted to write rough drafts and receive guidance during class, however additional writing homework will be necessary to complete papers. When they are working on a group project, attendance or communication with group members will be important. A class website will be used for student collaboration and I will be available via email to assist students, answer questions, provide comments on written assignments, etc. throughout the week.
*Students should have basic knowledge of 6th, 7th and 8th science. Resources (reading/videos) will be available on the class website for students to review material. Additionally tutoring or workshops may be offered if students desire this.
Material fees $35