The mission of the OSA Science Department is to train students to understand science as a dynamic and captivating intellectual process, and to see themselves as scientists. We encourage curiosity, critical thinking and creative approaches to problem solving. We believe it is of vital importance that this foundation is provided to the next generation to ensure they are well-equipped, well-informed and ready to make important decisions in our changing world.
Science 6: Earth Science
Science 7: Life Science
Students will begin to explore life at the cellular level. We will learn the beginning concepts of genetics. We will explore evolution. Students will look at living creatures from viruses (living or not?) to bacteria, plants and animals. The physiology of mammals will be studied. The year will finish with the study of ecology and our influence on all living systems in our environment. This class will have at least one hands-on learning experience each week. This will be inquiry based and we will be developing an understanding of the scientific method.
Science 8: Physical Science
This course will be broken up into two semesters; 1) health and 2) integrated sciences as seen through the lens and line of questioning of an artist. There will be an emphasis on developing a conceptual understanding of major topics within the physical and biological sciences as well as developing problem solving skills in those topic areas. Emphasis will be put on understanding the theories at hand and identifying them in everyday life.
Elective: Honors Physics
be an emphasis on developing a conceptual understanding of the major topics of physics and developing problems solving skills in those topic areas. Emphasis will be put on understanding the theories at hand and identifying them in everyday life. Students will demonstrate entry-level proficiency typical of a first year physics course on the following topics: a) Newtonian Mechanics (the motion of objects); b) Classical Thermodynamics (the nature of heat); and c) Electricity & Magnetism (including DC electronics).