Methods of Science: Energy


Methods of Science: Energy

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Methods of Science is an upper level science class offered to Middle & High school grade level students and taught by Professor Jen. The semester of weekly classes is offered in four consecutive 4-week sections, with one fully integrated lab component per section. Each 4-week section will include 6 hours of core materials, aligning with Missouri State Education Standards. If your child is unable to attend class, resources and curriculum will be made available to you. Class will be held in the 417 Kids Classroom, located at 916 W Atlantic in Springfield.

In this 16 week class, we will explore an overview of the basic facets of Science -- Physics, Chemistry, and Biology -- through a fundamental tenet linking them all: Energy. Concepts included can be grasped by a motivated Middle School student, but fundamental and important enough to be taught at the college level. Students with a basic understanding of Algebra may excel in this class. 

Section 1  |  Energy in the Atom

  • How do scientists view the world?  
  • Making models to help understand natural phenomena.  
  • Molecular and Atomic models.  
  • Temperature, heat, and light.  
  • Electricity.

High School @ 9-10:30am  |  Middle School @ 11-12:30pm
Wednesday, January 17th
Wednesday, January 24th
Wednesday, January 31st
Wednesday, February 7th

Section 2  |  Energy in Nature

  • How does our body turn energy from our food into energy for our selves? 

  • How do plants turn energy from the sun into energy for their growth?

  • Introduction to electromagnetic radiation.

High School @ 9-10:30am  |  Middle School @ 11-12:30pm
Wednesday, February 14th
Wednesday, February 21st
Wednesday, February 28th
Wednesday, March 7th

Section 3  |  Energy in the Earth

  • Gravitational potential energy.
  • Kinetic energy.
  • Erosion of canyons and caves
  • The Greenhouse Effect

High School @ 9-10:30am  |  Middle School @ 11-12:30pm
Wednesday, March 21st
Wednesday, March 28th
Wednesday, April 4th
Wednesday, April 11th

Section 4  |  Energy in the Universe

  • Energy from the sun. 
  • Nuclear fusion and fission.
  • Types of radiation.
  • The Standard Model.
  • The Big Bang.

High School @ 9-10:30am  |  Middle School @ 11-12:30pm
Wednesday, April 18th
Wednesday, April 25th
Wednesday, May 2nd
Wednesday, May 9th

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