Classical Modern Science Academy
Teacher: Jessica McDaniel
Welcome to Classical Modern Science Academy, where students will dive into the world of modern science in a hands-on, exciting way! Although this class is especially encouraged for students taking the
Classical Modern Era block of classes, it will be fun and beneficial for any Huck student to join.
For those students who are taking the Classical Modern Era block of classes, these courses will fulfill the science component. What’s more, the classes are designed to be taken alongside the Story of the World Modern Times class taught on Tuesdays, the Modern Literature and Writing class taught on Tuesday, and
the Classical Math Inquiry II class taught on Thursday.
In each trimester of the Classical Modern Science Academy, we will cover a different branch of modern science:
Fall: Jr. Quantum Physics
We will begin by exploring the field of physics as it developed in the modern age. We will learn about light and sound waves, energy, and some of the extraordinary areas of physics that accompany them by studying
the work and theories of modern scientists like Thomas Edison,, Albert Einstein, and Erwin Schrodinger. In particular, we will discover types of energy, heat and thermodynamics, how light and sound travel, Einstein's
theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, and perplexing theories like Schrodinger’s cat. To better understand these concepts, we will experiment with heat, light, and sound with fun, hands-on projects like
measuring the speed of light with chocolate, creating color shadows, and making our own thermometers.
Winter: Jr. Robotics
In the winter, we will learn about another modern area of science: robotics. Robotics has almost completely developed in the modern age, especially within the last decade! We will learn about historical figures who pioneered the field of robotics like Charles Babbage, Nikola Tesla, the science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, and many other newer scientists. We will learn about the different components of robots such as housing (robot bodies), actuators (how robots move), effectors (how robots do things), sensors (how robots know what’s going on), and controllers (how robots think), as well as cutting-edge topics like artificial intelligence, social robots, and the future of robots. Among other things, we will experiment with robots, program robots, and make our own robots out of recycled toys and household devices!
Spring: Jr. Structural Engineering
Finally, in the spring we will explore structural engineering! In this class we will discover engineering principles by examining modern engineering disasters—tying in with the students’ learning about some of the events in
the Story of the World class. Covered events will include the Tay Bridge Disaster, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse, the Johnstown Flood, the Great San Francisco Earthquake, the “Unsinkable” Titanic, the Boston
Molasses Flood, the Hindenburg crash, the Plywood Skyscraper, the Paris Airport Collapse, and the renovation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In each class, we will also apply engineering principles by conducting science experiments and projects like designing unsinkable ships, experimenting with pressure, heat, static electricity, and inertia; and building wind resistant bridges, suspension bridges, multistory buildings on top of
earthquake Jell-O, and much more.