Science 800 is a basic intermediate course intended to expose students to the designs and patterns in the physical universe. This course expands on Science 600 and Science 700, providing a set of basic scientific skills and a broad survey of the major areas of science. Some of the areas covered in Science 800 include the structure and properties of matter, measurement and mathematics of science, geology, oceanography, natural cycles and resources, science today and tomorrow, and astronomy.
The curriculum seeks to develop the students' ability to be aware of and participate in scientific inquiry. The units contain experiments and projects to capitalize on the students' natural curiosity. The students will explore, observe and manipulate everyday objects and materials in their environment. Students at this level should show understanding of interrelationships between organisms and the environment, recognize patterns in systems, and expand their knowledge of cellular dimensions of living systems. Collectively, this should help students develop and build on their subject-matter knowledge base.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:
- Use their main senses for observation of the world around them.
- Describe the atomic structure of different elements.
- Calculate and measure volume, mass, and density for various objects.
- Identify different types of geological changes.
- Discuss how the layers of the earth's crust can show history.
- Describe the different parts of the ocean, both living and non-living.
- Explain the differences in the stars and constellations.
- Discuss the balance in nature regarding the various cycles.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the resources of the Earth and what is needed to conserve those resources.