Our middle school science program helps students develop a solid foundation in scientific concepts while growing to be complex thinkers and self-directed learners. Students also practice the skills needed in the laboratory and in the world to be excellent scientists.
Students learn the basics first:
- To use scientific terms correctly.
- Develop safe laboratory skills.
- Formulate hypotheses.
- Design experiments to test those ideas.
Students are also taught to develop 'habits of mind.’ Our science faculty counsel students to think both critically and creatively via inquiry-based learning and problem solving; developing life-long skills that will be used repeatedly, both in and beyond the science class at Concordia.
Students learn that simple machines improve the quality of life on Earth. Simple machines are combined to create complex machines. The field of robotics creates tools that enhance our lives. Students work on teams to create robots capable of completing increasingly complicated tasks and present their work in a variety of ways.
Space: The Final Frontier
Students learn that the Earth system is part of a solar system that exists within a vast universe. The Earth’s motion and position relative to the Sun and the Moon are unique among planets of the solar system. This position allows diverse forms of life to be supported on the Earth. Students study the universal principles and laws that affect all matter in the universe.
Students will learn about water: its essential qualities, its role within the water cycle and the need to care for this precious resource. Included are many resources with the most beneficial being Every Drop Counts in School.
All Mixed Up
Students learn to describe matter in terms of both its physical properties and chemical composition. Matter can change physically and chemically. Students will learn the skills to predict and describe these changes. Students will also study the ways in which they can affect these changes.
Student learn how Earth events, both abrupt and over time, can bring about changes to the Earth’s surface. A number of predictable and constant systems and cycles exist on the Earth and in the atmosphere. Students learn to describe the way matter moves through these systems. Students examine ways to classify matter on Earth.
Students learn that the base of all life is the cell. Organelles exist within the cells and each has a specific function to support itself and the organism as a whole. Students use laboratory equipment like microscopes to examine these in more depth. Students explain the relationship between cells, tissues, organs and organ systems in an organism.
Students learn that sound travels in waves and these waves interact differently and predictably with different materials. Energy is transferred by means of waves. Students explore the relationship between sound waves and other types of wave energy, like seismic waves.
Live to Change
Students learn to organize organisms into groups based on structural and functional characteristics. Students identify organisms by their taxonomy. All organisms have common life processes necessary for their survival. Students describe these processes. Students also describe the structures or behaviors that help organisms survive in their environments.
Students study the nature of experimentation and its relationship to problem solving. Emphasis is placed on using proper experimental procedures. Students learn the use and purpose of of variables, hypotheses, data collection and communication of results. Students explore what makes knowledge scientific.
What Goes Around Comes Around
Students learn the relationships between biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem. Key cycles (such as the water cycle, nitrogen cycle and carbon cycle), energy transfer and human impact on ecosystems are explored. Students also explore the concepts of complexity and the recycling of energy and matter.
One Plus One Makes One
Students learn about the process of reproduction. Asexual reproduction involves the genetic contribution of one parent. Sexual reproduction combines the genetic material of two parents to create a unique organism. Students will compare and contrast these two processes.
Walking on Sunshine
Students learn to differentiate between the various types of energy, how energy is transferred or transformed and the conservation or energy. Students describe the link between energy and the processes of respiration and photosynthesis. Students design an experiment to test a feature of energy efficient housing.
Students learn the states of matter and changes in state, the structure of the atom, the arrangement of elements in the Periodic Table and types of compounds. Students will observe chemical changes in matter and write balanced chemical equations to describe these changes. Models and diagrams are created to further enhance understanding.
Banking on Blood
Students learn the relationship between the digestive and circulatory systems in organisms. Students explore these systems’ importance in the process of cellular respiration. Respiration drives all other life processes in organisms. Students describe the coordinated way in which these life processes work.
The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree
Students investigate objects in motion and the effect that balanced and unbalanced forces have on motion. Students describe these effects in graphs and charts, interpreting the results. Students use Newton’s Laws of Motion to predict how objects will behave. Students apply their knowledge to building rockets.
We believe in our obligation to help students become Active Global Citizens and, as a result, develop the relevance of science outside of the classroom is a major objective of our curriculum.