Meets on Mondays for 70 minutes.
Creation Exploration (grades 1-2)
Over the course of two years, we will explore basic concepts covering God’s work in the six days of creation. A hands-on, artistic approach will be emphasized. Each student will create a myriad of projects that will explore God’s creation including posters, sculptures, and dioramas. Hands-on experiments and investigations will spark curiosity and teach inquiry skills such as classifying, sorting, making predictions, comparing, measuring, inferring, and drawing conclusions. Digging Deeper Book Bags, which include carefully selected science/nature books and activity sheets, will be loaned out to provide further investigation at home.
Science Explorers 3-4
In this exciting class, students will continue to use their own creative abilities in the exploration of God’s amazing creation. Through observation of the world around us, God’s amazing order and design will be revealed. We will have tons of fun learning about various topics in life science, earth science and physical science while emphasizing the critical thinking and inquiry skills important to any young scientist. The scientific method will be reinforced throughout the course to establish a solid foundation in the scientific process. Students will have fun in class seeing lab demonstrations, conducting experiments and investigations, and participating in various activities and games. Projects and reading will be expected to be done at home. This amazing exploration will delight students and parents alike.
Science Explorers 5-6
This fun, hands-on class will cover a variety of science topics over the course of one year. Young explorers will use their creative abilities in a multi-sensory exploration of God’s amazing creation. As students journey through a series of investigations, they will begin developing the scientific reasoning skills which scientists need to use every day. Topics of exploration will include topics in life science, earth science and physical science. The scientific method, inquiry skills, critical thinking skills and the tools used in scientific exploration will be emphasized throughout the year. Students will have fun in class seeing scientific demonstrations, conducting experiments and investigations, and participating in various activities and games. Projects and reading will be expected to be done at home. This course is certain to establish a solid foundation for the future study of any higher level science class.
Meets on Mondays for 70 minutes and Fridays for 55 minutes.
Exploring Physics and Chemistry
• Curriculum: Glencoe Physical Science (over 2 years)
2016-2017 - Exploring Physics
This introduction to physics course takes young scientists on a journey through God’s amazing creation in the physical world. It sets a fantastic foundation for the study of the higher level sciences in high school and college. Through an engaging inquiry approach, students will come to understanding the amazing complexity of the world in which they live. A deeper level of exploration into the scientific method will be encouraged. Along with a study of many famous physicists throughout, other topics covered will be: Mechanical Energy, Chemical Energy, Nuclear Energy, Thermal Energy, Temperature, Conduction, Convection, Radiation, Solar and Geothermal Energy, Electricity, Lightening, Circuits, Magnetic Materials and Fields, Electromagnetism, Waves, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Music and the Behavior of Sound, Light, Color, Reflection, Refraction, Force, Friction, Work, Power, Momentum, Machines, Levers, Wheels, Gears, Pulleys, Kinematics, Speed, Velocity, Acceleration, Theory of Relativity, Laws of Motion, Gravity and much more. Inventions of: Communication, Transportation, Military, Modern Conveniences such as refrigeration, Medicine, Media and Entertainment will also be explored.
2017-2018 - Exploring Chemistry
At this level, the young scientist starts to understand more about God’s amazing creation to set a foundation for the study of the physical sciences like chemistry and physics in high school. In this fun and engaging class, students will explore the world of chemistry. Through a hands-on approach, students will learn even more about the scientific method and developing a hypothesis through a series of experiments and in class activities. Topic covered will be: the metric system, mass vs. weight, conservation of mass, volume, density, buoyancy, states of matter, gas laws, atomic mass, molecules, water, air, mixtures, solutions, suspensions, solubility, concentration, food chemistry, additives, the periodic table, elements, hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, ionic bonding, covalent bonding, metallic bonding, mining, metal alloys, crystals, ceramics, chemical reactions and equations, catalysts, endothermic and exothermic reactions, chemical analysis, acids, bases, salts, batteries, biochemistry, perfumes, rubber, and much more. This course is a must for any young scholar planning to take chemistry in high school.
Biology (not offered 2016-2017)
• High School Credit: 1.0 Biology—lab science (Honors option available)
Biology investigates the wonders of God’s living creation. Through an investigative introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology, students are prepared for more advanced studies to be encountered later in high school and college. While heavily emphasizing vocabulary, this course provides a strong background in the scientific method, five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection and ecosystems. Learning is facilitated through lecture, discussion, observation, lab work, classroom activities, dissections, and student interaction. Since this course is taught from a Christian perspective, students become well equipped to intelligently and scientifically approach the controversial issues surrounding creation vs. evolution. Real life parallels throughout the course will bring biology to life.
• Grades: 10-12
• High School Credit: 1.0 Chemistry—lab science (Honors option
This interesting and engaging college-prep chemistry course takes students on a journey through the amazing study of matter. Students will gain a broad introduction into this fascinating topic with a creative approach to problem-solving and investigation. As the foundational properties behind elements, the periodic table, atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, nomenclature, material science, kinetic theory, solutions, equilibrium, thermochemistry, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry are studied with an appreciation for God and His amazing creation. Classroom lectures, discussions, demonstrations, labs, experiments, and activities will encourage student understanding of the scientific method, quantitative measures, qualitative analysis, data interpretation, observation, and inquiry skills. The history of chemistry along with the exploration of career opportunities in chemistry will be an integral part of this fun and challenging course.
• Grades: 11-12
• High School Credit: 1.0 Physics—non-lab science
• Prerequisites: Ability to pass reading, math, and chemistry placement
tests demonstrating successful completion of a 10th grade English
course, successful completion of strong Algebra I and Geometry
courses, and successful completion of a high school level chemistry
Students will explore physics concepts, including the mathematics necessary for a course at this level, in an interesting and understandable format. Through the Bob Jones text, classroom discussions and activities, students will delve into this very relevant science from a creationist standpoint. Topics include: Measurement and Units, Motion in One Dimension, Two-Dimension Motion, Newton’s Laws, Circular Motion, Work and Energy, Momentum, Periodic Motion, Waves and Optics, Electrostatics, Electrodynamics, Electrical Circuits, and Magnetism. This amazing journey into the world of physics will encourage a deeper appreciation of the impact of physics in our lives. This college-prep physics course is a must for any student planning on further study of the sciences or engineering. It would also be very beneficial for any scholar planning on attending college for any subject. Today, colleges want to see that students worked hard during their high school years and that they studied the most difficult topics available to them. A high school physics course on a transcript could give a student a competitive edge for both college admissions and scholarship opportunities.
* Grades 10-12 (or advanced 9th)
AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: cellular processes — energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.
Anatomy and Physiology (not offered 2016-2017)
• High School Credit:1.0 Anatomy and Physiology
• Prerequisites: Ability to pass reading, writing, math and chemistry
placement tests demonstrating successful completion of a 10th grade
English course, mastery of skills in Algebra I and Geometry, and
successful completion of a high school biology and chemistry course
The study of human anatomy and physiology is a true revelation to the wonders of God’s creative work. Throughout this course students will delve into the marvels of the human body by exploring the various structures and functions of all the major bodily systems. We will explore the world of cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and chemical systems within the body while learning about how they are interconnected to maintain homeostasis. There will be a heavy emphasis on anatomical identification, medical terminology, and conceptual physiology of each system. Students will also come to understand how various disruptions to the body such as malnutrition, injury, and pathogens can lead to disease and dysfunction. Learning will be facilitated through lecture, discussion, observation, lab work, classroom activities, and student interaction. This course is intended for any student interested in a medical related field.