Science

PROJECT WILD
This course focuses on natural phenomena relevant to the season. Using birds as a mechanism, students may learn about migration, nesting and feeding habits, bird identification, and more. Field Trip(s) – Montclair Hawk Watch, American Museum of Natural History, Raptor Trust

SCIENCE SYNERGY (ALSO AVAILABLE IN CI)
This course is a general overview of the nature of science. Students will engage in productive discourse with their peers, examine their own thoughts and opinions about science, and research various scientists and their contributions to society. (While no official standards exist for this course, Appendix H of the NGSS states that understanding the “Nature of Science” is more that just a practice.) A course like this would beneficial for ALL students to take.

CLIMATE CHANGE
What is the difference between climate and weather? What causes climate to change? What are the effects of climate change on our planet? Students will examine these questions and evaluate difference sources of media that communicate about climate change.

CI HILLSIDE JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
The Hillside Journal of Science and Society is the official journal of Hillside School. It serves as a forum for disseminating research concerning the preparation of scientific research. It adds to what we know about science and serves as a catalyst for thoughtful discussion concerning the enhancement of education for science students. The journal features pragmatic articles created by the students themselves.

FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
This course emphasizes nutrition using the food pyramid. Students will become literate in reading food labels, identifying food groups, creating a daily menu; discover food preservation techniques and what causes food borne illness, and more. In addition, students volunteer their time one day during the course to serve a meal at Toni’s Kitchen. Field Trip – Toni’s Kitchen

ROCKS AND MINERALS
What is the difference between a mineral and a rock? Investigate the properties of minerals and three types of rocks. Use models to observe patterns of erosion, and identify ways that society utilizes rocks and minerals in daily life. Field Trip – Sterling Hill Mining Museum

CI NASA
Students will explore Newton’s Laws of Motion, design an apparatus for the Egg Drop, and possibly launch rockets.

SIMPLE MACHINES
This course includes a large component of exploring force and energy transfer. We will build and test various simple machines and design new machines that will make life easier.

ELECTRICITY
This course will introduce the student to the fascinating world of electricity. The student will experiment with low voltage and learn the principles of electric circuits. Written lab work will accompany all hands-on activities.

FORENSICS
Forensics is a comprehensive CI course that allows each student to study the basic fundamentals of criminal science by participating in hands on experiments and activities. Activities ranging from finger printing to plaster casting footprints allow each student to examine evidence as a forensic scientist would. Each student will need to rely on his or her knowledge of science and the Scientific Method.

GROW IT
Students investigate what plants need in order to grow, dissect seeds, examine the soil and the creatures within it, hatch chicks and get their hands dirty planting Hillside’s garden. Additional emphasis on integrating literacy and engineering. Field Trip – Community Garden or Duke Farms

POWER UP
Energy makes the world go round. Students will investigate types of energy, energy transfer, and natural resources as fuel. Field Trip – Duke Farms

NATURE STUDY
This course introduces the student to the world of nature. The student will explore flowers, animals and insects. There will be an opportunity to observe and investigate living things around us. Activities will be related to the seasons through projects and hands-on experiences.

SHARK TANK
Are you afraid of sharks? You shouldn't be! This course will illuminate how wonderfully skillful a shark is while disproving the myth that sharks are predators looking to harm humans. We'll also explore aspects of a shark’s anatomy and how they may benefit the human race.

CORAL REEF INVESTIGATIONS
This class focuses on: the relationship between living and non living things within the Coral Reef ecosystem, how interdependence plays an important role in survival against predators, as well as how we can help sustain this delicate underwater community.

SAVE OUR SOURCES
This course is designed to introduce the student to the use and misuse of energy in our society. It will make them aware of the need to conserve that energy, by providing a variety of hands-on projects for students to participate in.

CHEMISTRY FOR KIDS (Also offered in CI)
Students are introduced to the Metric system and states of matter. Students will gain hands-on experience using a variety of tools to make accurate measurements of length, mass, volume and temperature.

WEATHER STUDY
Students will dive into topics such as climate vs. weather, the water cycle, types of weather, emergency preparedness, seasonal change and sun protection.

AMAZING ADAPTATIONS
Students will explore the different tools that animals use for their survival. We will examine how organisms move, eat, and protect themselves. Hands-on investigations and art projects will immerse students in the lives of different kinds of animals. Field Trip – Turtle Back Zoo

ISAAC'S KIDS
Who was Isaac Newton and why was he an important figure in Science? Students will learn about the individual and investigate forces and motion through hands-on experiments.

SCIENCE ALL AROUND US
A survey of three main branches of science – Life, Earth and Physical – using hands-on investigations.

S.T.E.A.M. 3
Calling all scientists and engineers! Unleash your creativity solving design problems using the Makerspace. Emphasis on Engineering Design (NGSS)

S.T.E.A.M 4
Calling all scientists and engineers! Unleash your creativity solving design problems using the Makerspace. Emphasis on Engineering Design (NGSS).

S.T.E.A.M. 5
Calling all scientists and engineers! Unleash your creativity solving design problems using the Makerspace. Emphasis on Engineering Design (NGSS).

VOYAGE OF THE MIMI
This course is based on the story of the 72-foot ketch “Mimi” and her crew as they set out upon the open seas to locate and study whales. It uses an interdisciplinary multi-media approach. This course is taught over two cycles.

VOYAGE OF THE MAYA
Voyage To The Maya is a class based on the educational series, "The Second Voyage Of The Mimi". We follow the journey of C.T. Grandville to the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, Mexico. This class covers a wide range of topics in Social Studies, Science, and Math. Students will learn about air pressure, Mayan math in base 20, hieroglyphics, venomous animals, and other topics. Students do not need to take Grade 3 Voyage Of The Mimi as a prerequisite to this course.

GEAR UP
Machines make the world “go around”. Six simple machines are the basics for making work easier. Students will investigate how these machines are used in everyday life through hands on experience.

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