In Middle School students use an inquiry-based approach that allows students to work in groups to solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations. Content areas include ratios and proportional relationships, the number system (operations with fractions), expressions and equations, geometry, algebra, functions and probability/statistics. Students’ mathematical practices incorporate making sense of problems, reasoning abstractly and quantitatively, using appropriate strategies, and identifying/using structure and regularity in repeated reasoning.
Students engage in collaborative laboratory work with real instruments and glassware or through virtual experiments provided to us by our university partners. In Middle School we cover Life Sciences (Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution, Earth Science, Living Systems) and Physical Sciences (Motion, Forces, Structure, Solar System, Reactions, Chemistry, Density and the Periodic Table). Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding, students develop their own questions and perform investigations using appropriate tools and technology.
Additionally, several engineering projects are tackled each year to promote student creativity in the application of combined math and science principles.