Fall Quarter 2020 – Forces and Engineering
Students will enjoy exploring how and why objects move. Newton’s three laws will be
investigated with exciting hands-on experiments. They will learn about inertia, acceleration,
unbalanced forces, friction and gravity. They will race toy cars, push blocks, drop balls, build
towers, and much more. Students will explore the engineering process and design their own
project to test at the end of the course.
Winter Quarter 2021 - Air and Space
This Quest in Science course will launch our Science Investigators into the fascinating study of
Air and Space Travel. They will explore the world of airplanes, rockets, astronauts, and space.
Students will experiment with air mass and air pressure. They will examine how an airplane
maneuvers by controlling its pitch, yaw and roll. They will explore our solar system, examine
gravity on multiple planets and the concept of weightlessness. They will hypothesize how
ordinary toys would behave in outer space. Students will experiment with balloon rockets to
develop an understanding of action/reaction. They will graduate from the space academy and
create their own space suit for their future adventures in space.
Spring Quarter 2021 - Marine Biology and Oceanography
In this incredible Quest in Science course, students will become junior oceanographers as they
explore the fascinating physical features and amazing animals of our oceans. They will analyze
the ocean floor and learn how to graph sonar data. They will investigate the properties of water
and the composition of sand. Students will learn phylum rhymes as they classify the inhabitants
of the sea. They will make “up close and personal” observations of marine animals and examine
the many adaptations of life in the sea. Students will research the vast resources of the marine
environment and brainstorm solutions for protecting the ocean ecosystems.