This quarter-length elective will explore what we know about the universe and the scientific methods by which we have gained this knowledge. The class will examine the scientific evidence we have for the formation of the universe and solar system, the life cycle of stars, spectroscopy, solar system forces & characteristics, exoplanet detection and space missions. Class projects will focus on observational astronomy of seasonal changes of sun angle, modeling solar system dynamics through computer simulations, crater formation, and parallax.
Big Ideas in Science – Biology
This advanced learning course is filled with challenging content and engaging activities, aligned to the Pennsylvania Keystone Biology Standards. Beginning with the cell, students will begin a journey that challenges them to wrestle with Biology’s great problems, past and present. Students will be challenged to demonstrate further growth in scientific inquiry and writing through extensive inquiry based activities. Major topics covered are macromolecules, cell structures and functions, genetic studies, evolutionary processes, and ecology.
Big Ideas in Science –Chemistry
Credit: 1 / 2 (1 credit science, 1 credit elective for year)
This laboratory based approach to Chemistry is absolutely unique to Science and Technology Academy. Students begin the semester with a week and half long Chem-Blitz. This phase of the course ensures that all students begin on equal footing and closes any lingering physical science content gaps. Students will explore chemistry topics ranging from Matter to Acid-Base Titrations. Students will demonstrate growth in scientific discourse and writing. Highlights: Chem-Blitz, Popcorn Polka, Flame Ionization, Hog Hotel and Acids in Waterways.
Level: Final Manager
Conceptual Physics engages students with analogies and scenarios from real-world situations to build a strong conceptual understanding of physical principles. With this strong conceptual foundation, students are better equipped to understand the equations and formulas of physics, and to make connections between the concepts of physics and their everyday world.
Level: Manager 1
Keystone Prep: The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to learn and develop a skill set necessary to master the core concepts of biology (listed below), while engaging in hands-on laboratory experiments integrated throughout the course that support the core concepts listed below. It provides students with a multitude of learning techniques that integrate technology, student-driven learning, and investigative laboratories. It also provides opportunities for students to develop, record, and maintain evidence of their verbal, written, and graphic communication skills through laboratory reports and projects throughout the course.
Physics 1 AP
Level: Final Manager
Physics 1 AP is a semester-long science course and is the equivalent to a first semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits.
Physics 2C Mechanics AP
This course is designed around the Advanced Placement course for physics (Physics C). One-half of the semester is devoted to mechanics. Use of calculus in problem solving and in derivations is expected to steadily increase as the course progresses. The second half of the Level C course focuses on classical electricity and magnetism. This course follows the suggested AP course outline. Many colleges and universities offer Advanced Placement and/or college credit to students who have performed successfully on the AP Physics C exam and students are encouraged to take the exam.
Level: All Levels
Length: Once per month each year
90 minute block once per month. This ongoing forum will explore how science in the classroom connects to science outside the classroom. Guest presenters from an industry or a university setting share their experiences in an interactive format. With a focus on the connection between the nature of science and design cycles, Science Forum provides students with real-life examples of Executive Experiences.
University of Pittsburgh General Chemistry
Level: Manager I/II
This is the first half of a two-term introduction to general chemistry. Topics covered include stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure and states of matter. Problem solving and laboratory experiences are a functional part of this course. Grades are determined by the student’s performance on three exams, weekly quizzes, laboratory exercises and a comprehensive final. Four laboratory exercises, three exams and the comprehensive final will all be conducted at the University of Pittsburgh. A letter grade of an A or a B in Big Ideas in Science – Chemistry is required as a prerequisite for the course. The cost of this course is $300, financial aid is available through the University of Pittsburgh.