Electricity and Magnetism: This course will explore the basics of electricity and magnetism. Each week, activities will allow students to gain knowledge about the concepts and put that knowledge into action. Activities will include making electromagnets, electric motors, generators, and batteries. We will explore the types of electric circuits and learn some of the quantities that can be measured and calculated.
Introduction to Robotics: Students will explore Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot design and coding. Together we will look at programming, motors, sensors, attachments, and robot design.
K’nex Design and Competition: Are you curious about how simple machines work and willing to take risks? Collaborate with your small teams to design, construct, and program your own authentic machine. Compete in an inter-regional competition with your peers in March.
Math Competitions: Students will participate in The Pennsylvania Math League, American Mathematics Competition, and Math Madness for the first two trimesters. In addition, we will prepare and compete in the Math 24-Game competition at the Intermediate Unit 20. We end the year by creating mosaics using over 400 Rubik’s cubes, and for those who are interested, you can learn how to master the Rubik’s cube.
Science and Engineering Competitions: Students in this elective will work in teams to test their skills in some science/engineering competitions. The competitions we choose will be modeled after Science Olympiad events and could involve structures, wheeled vehicles, model aircraft, or machines. Participants will design and build devices to meet the event parameters and then test and refine them before a final competition.
Computer Science Discoveries: Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem-solving, and fun.
Science Fair Bootcamp and Project Design: Seventh and eighth-grade students planning to participate in Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) and possibly Lehigh Valley Science Fair in the coming school year will explore the components of a good science fair project. Students will work individually and together through the design process to formulate, plan, conduct, and present their projects.