SCIENCE

Science is a body of knowledge and the process of forming testable explanations and predictions about the world around us. The science department at Carver is committed to instilling a life-long love of science and exploration in our students. Students will explore and experiment with knowledge, testing it for themselves. In science, students will be exposed to hands-on, project-based learning and experimentation.

Courses

Earth/Space Science I
Earth /Space Science is a laboratory course recommended for each ninth grade student in order to complete his/her general background in the fundamentals of science. Major areas of Earth/Space Science are geology, meteorology, oceanography, astronomy, physical geography, energy, and the environment. This course is taught at both the C and Honors level.

Earth Science II
This laboratory course provides an advanced survey of earth science topics chosen from oceanography, geology, astronomy and meteorology. The content is organized around thematic units and human activities and influences are explored. Pre-requisites: SC420 Earth/Space Science I.

Biology I
Biology, the study of living things, is a laboratory course which includes the following major areas of study: experimental design, chemistry, cells, genetics, viruses, monerans, protists, fungi, plants, animals, the human body, classification, evolution, and ecology. These areas are developed within the framework of the principal biological theories with an emphasis on critical thinking and science process skills. If dissections are conducted in class, alternatives will be provided for students that request them. This course is taught at both the C and Honors level.

Biology II
This laboratory course provides an advanced survey of life science topics chosen from molecular and cellular biology, the biology of organisms and ecology. Science, technology and societal issues are incorporated throughout. If dissections are conducted in class, alternatives will be provided for students that request them. Prerequisites: SC420 Earth/Space Science 1, SC430 Biology 1

Principles of Technology I
This course is designed to provide students with experience in the application of the principles of physics and mathematics as they relate to technological systems. Instruction covers seven technical principles: force, work, rate, resistance, energy, power, and force transformers, emphasizing how each principle plays a unifying role in the operation of mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal systems in high-tech equipment. Prerequisite: Algebra I

Principles of Technology II
This course is recommended for students interested in advanced technology studies. Students continue to apply physics and math principles through a unified systems approach for a broad knowledge base of the principles underlying modern technical systems. This single block laboratory course covers seven technical principles: momentum, waves, energy converters, transducers, radiation, optical systems, and time constants; emphasizing how each principle plays a unifying role in the operation of mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal systems in high-tech equipment. Also included in this course are Internet Research, Lab Development, and Interactive Problem Solving. Prerequisite: Principles of Technology I

*Students who complete Principles of Technology 1 & 2 may count these credits as one Elective & one Physics credit and are CTE “completers”.