Science, Engineering, & Robotics

Written by Tim Farquer on Monday, 13 June 2016. Posted in Course Offerings & Descriptions

Life Sciences


Biology I  Grade 9

Biology is the study of living things. This course includes a survey of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, classification, botany, and zoology. Lab activities are infused throughout the curriculum.


Biology II & III  Grades 10-12

Biology II is an advanced study of specific areas in biology. Topics to be covered include Biochemistry/Microbiology, Genetics, Zoology, and Botany.


Anatomy & Physiology  Grades 11-12 (Prerequisites: Biology I-III & Chemistry)

Anatomy & Physiology is the study of the structures and functions of the human body. All major systems are covered. Dissection and clinical diagnosis are infused throughout the curriculum.


Ecology  Grades 10-12  (Prerequisites: Biology I-III & enrollment in Chemistry)

Earth Community is an integrated science. It will incorporate biology, chemistry, and earth science while learning about the environment. The lab activities and field studies will encourage you to take a closer look at the environment in which you live and your roll in its future.


Emergence of Life (University of Illinois via Coursera)

How did life emerge on Earth? How have life and Earth co-evolved through geological time? Is life elsewhere in the universe? Take a look through the 4-billion-year history of life on Earth through the lens of the modern Tree of Life.


Introduction to Forensic Science (Nanyang Technological University via Coursera)

We have all seen forensic scientists in TV shows, but how do they really work? What is the science behind their work? This course aims to explain the scientific principles and techniques behind the work of forensic scientists and will be illustrated with numerous case studies from Singapore and around the world.


Exercise Physiology: Understanding the Athlete Within (The University of Melbourne via Coursera)

This course examines the physiological responses to acute and chronic exercise, with a focus on skeletal muscle, energy metabolism, the oxygen transport system and temperature and fluid balance. The factors that limit exercise performance will be reviewed and the role of genes in determining athletic performance will be considered. At the end of this course, you should have a better understanding of the athlete within!


What a Plant Knows (and other things you didn't know about plants) (Tel Aviv University via Coursera)

Can we say that plants have senses? You will learn how plants sense their environment and how scientists study plant senses. You will be exposed to both classic and modern experiments in plant biology, and may even start to question what defines us as humans.





Chemistry I & II  Grades 10-12

Basic chemistry principles and the development of these principles are learned. This course is an advanced lab-oriented approach to the science with much of the class time devoted to labs. Basic procedures and apparatus are learned. Lecture material concerns classic chemistry.  Basic algebra is used in the course of the year. The course is recommended for college bound students.


Chemistry III & IV  Grades 11-12 (Prerequisite: C or better in Chemistry I & II) 

Second year chemistry is for students who have taken first year chemistry. We will address topics not covered in Chemistry I. Suggested for students who intend to take college chemistry. We will cover topics not covered in Chemistry I including organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry. Lab activities and reports are a major part of the course.





Engineering I  Grade 9

Course description coming soon.


Physics I & II  

Class may be taken in conjunction with Chemistry I with teacher approval.  This class will explore these areas of Physics (kinematics, sound, light and electricity).  While it is a science course and labs are employed, it will also focus on use of math to calculate events occurring in the laboratory and class work components of this class.


Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering Laboratory (Rice University via Coursera)

This hands-on laboratory course complements Coursera's Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering. The course develops basic skills in constructing and measuring electrical circuits using modern laboratory instruments.


Introduction to Engineering Mechanics (Georgia Institute of Technology via Coursera)

This course is an introduction to learning and applying the principles required to solve engineering mechanics problems.


Applications in Engineering Mechanics (Georgia Institute of Technology via Coursera)

This course addresses the modeling and analysis of static equilibrium problems with an emphasis on real world engineering systems and problem solving.





courses and descriptions coming soon


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