The middle school program provides students with a sequence of learning experiences through which they can continue to develop the scientific skills, attitudes, and strategies introduced in elementary science. The curriculum, through the Indiana Academic Standards of:
- Nature of Science and Technology
- Scientific Thinking
- The Physical Setting
- The Living Setting
- The Mathematical World
- Historical Perspectives
- Common Themes
provides students with many opportunities to relate their classroom experiences to daily living and to explore the use of science and technology in a variety of careers.
This program is a course of study designed to introduce the basic concepts of science, laying the foundation upon which students develop an understanding of the scientific method, the structure and dichotomy of the discipline of science, laboratory techniques, and the basic terminology of science. Sixth graders are introduced to content associated with life, earth, and physical sciences.
This curriculum explores three main areas of science-biology, chemistry, and physics. Biology is viewed from a zoological approach, investigating the various systems of an organism and fostering the concept of how they develop from primitive life forms to the most complex. Chemistry is introduced with the periodic table and molecular structure. The concepts of physics develop from an examination of simple machines and the development of forces.
Eighth grade science is designed to introduce students to the structure and development of science and scientific topics. The curriculum is designed to develop an understanding of scientific principles and terminology, which permits students to make informed decisions. Eighth graders review the scientific method, the metric system, and scientific instrumentation. Life science addresses the body, blood, reproduction, and heredity. Physical science at this level includes structure of atoms and molecules, matter, compounds and mixtures, and physical and chemical change. Earth science at eighth grade covers earth history, moving continents, rock cycle, the solar system, stars, and weather.
At all grade levels the science department utilizes extensive laboratory activities where students work with variables, data collection, analyze systems, formulate models and hypothesis, design and conduct experiments, generalize and apply results, and communicate results through a variety of means. Students also are encouraged to participate in the school science fair and Ball State Regional Science Fair.