Science

Semester Chemistry: Experimental Chemistry*

This lab-driven chemistry course will challenge you to explore questions that help to reveal the world of unseen atoms. You will perform work in the lab almost every day, with the goal of understanding what makes “good” data in order to better understand the physical and chemical world. You will be challenged to see these phenomena through multiple lenses: macroscopic, particulate, symbolic and conceptual. Teamwork is essential here, and learning to work with others is an additional skill set to be honed. By semester’s end, you should feel confident to tackle future science courses at Stevenson and beyond, (including AP Chemistry if you earn an A- or better).

2024-03-25T21:38:04+00:00Categories: Grade 11 & 12 - Science|

Semester Biology: Sports Medicine

This class provides students with an introduction to marine life, and the principles of marine geology and physical and chemical oceanography that influences the distribution of that life. The course begins with a review of the basic concepts of waves, tides, and currents in preparation for a survey of the living organisms found in the world’s oceans.

Semester Biology: Field Ornithology

Bird diversity abounds on campus in the Monterey Pine forest and along our nearby coastline. What behaviors can be discovered about our campus-resident crows? How do survival strategies differ between birds of the forest compared to the coast? In this course, students will participate in place-based bird studies, which will include the identification and photography of local bird species during our frequent field trips to local birding hot spots. Classes and labs will further investigate bird evolution, morphology, ecology, and behavior.

2024-01-30T03:55:12+00:00Categories: Grade 11 & 12 - Science|

Semester Biology: Marine Science

This class provides students with an introduction to marine life, and the principles of marine geology and physical and chemical oceanography that influence the distribution of that life. The course begins with a review of the basic concepts of waves, tides, and currents in preparation for a survey of the living organisms found in the world’s oceans. Monterey Bay, being our home, is the focal point of our studies. The bay is an outstanding backdrop for the course curriculum as it is diverse both geologically and biologically. We take full advantage of our proximity to the ocean by taking numerous field trips to the local rocky intertidal ecosystem, bird colonies, sea otter rafts, seal and sea lion haul-outs, and to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Topics of current interest including global warming, depleted fisheries, coral bleaching, coastal erosion, and plastic pollution are presented throughout the course. Upon completing the course, [...]

Semester Biology: Infectious Disease and Public Health*

This course is a detailed exploration of what makes us sick, how different pathogens invade our bodies, how our body protects itself, and how diseases emerge and spread through populations. Students will distinguish between communicable and non-communicable diseases. Students will explore how disease has shaped human history and how humans have shaped the evolution of disease. This course will take a close look at the leading causes of death in large populations and the dynamics of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This single semester course concludes with a presentation project where students conduct in-depth research on both the epidemiology and historical impact of a disease of their choice.

Science 2 / Science 2 Honors

Type: honors available Available to: grade 10 students, required for those students, for honors see placement requirements on the Science Department page The natural world depends on the flow of energy and the transformation of matter. Building on the skills of inquiry and scientific method emphasized in the grade 9 Principles of Scientific Inquiry course, students explore thematic topics in astronomy, atmospheric science, chemistry, physics, biology, and ocean environmentalism. There is something for everyone! Topics explored in the physical sciences include the Big Bang, solar system properties, orbital mechanics and gravity, projectile motion, states of matter, chemical equations and reactions, and acid-base chemistry. Topics in biology include DNA and heredity, select organ systems, and we conclude the year with a deep look at environmental challenges faced by our oceans.  The honors sections follow the same sequence, but require deeper analysis of chemistry and physics, including computational problems in areas [...]

2024-01-30T03:31:54+00:00Categories: Grade 10 - Science, Science|

Principles of Scientific Inquiry

Available to: grade 9 students, required for those students Relying on the motto of the Royal Society of London, Nulius in verba (“take no one’s word for it”), we emphasize that science is an experiential endeavor. How do we know what we know? This class lays the foundation of expectations and approach to the science learning experience that permeates all aspects of the Stevenson science curriculum. Through an integrated science curriculum, foundational topics in physics, chemistry, biology and environmental science are woven into an interdisciplinary study of core scientific concepts. We take advantage of our local marine environment, the world renowned Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, the Monterey pine forest, and the classroom to solidify practices of scientific measurement, data organization, and analysis. Emphasis is placed on the interconnectedness of all major branches of science necessary for fully analyzing any scientific phenomena, and students develop the knowledge and skills to [...]

2022-01-11T21:24:48+00:00Categories: Grade 9 - Science, Science|
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