Science

The Science curriculum strives for a continuing cross-disciplinary thrust in all its course offerings. There are three primary objectives in teaching science at Wayland. First, to make available scientific knowledge that will challenge the students. Second, is to see that the science offerings assist students to gain a sense of the order and coherence of scientific inquiry. Finally, and most importantly, is to teach students that scientific facts only have transitory value if they are used to help us grow as human beings.

Science Courses


Biology CP

This course is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of biological principles, while simultaneously stressing the unity of life and the common functions of all organisms. The course will cover such topics as cellular biology, organismal biology (both plant and animal), and population biology. Laboratory work is an integral part of the class, not only to acquaint students with fundamental techniques, but also to elucidate scientific evidence gathered, interpreted and summarized.

Chemistry CP

This course is an introductory course into the study of matter. The courses will cover the fundamental building blocks of matter and what happens to matter when it is chemically changed. Chemistry will be a mixture of direct instruction, web-delivered instruction, project-based learning (PBL), and laboratory investigation.

Physics CP

Topics covered in College Prep Physics include most of mechanics and selected topics in electricity, magnetism, waves, sound, and light. Algebra and trigonometry are used in problem solving. Extensive use is made of lectures, labs, and demonstrations.

Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology is a laboratory-based, college-preparatory course that investigates the structure and function of the human body.  Topics will include cellular structure and function, basic organization of the body, and a detailed investigation of each organ system.  Students will learn through in-class discussion, take-home study guides, projects, group work, and labs. An in-depth dissection of a fetal pig and various sheep organs is required.

Advanced Placement Biology

AP Biology is a year-long college level course that is designed to be taken by students after the successful completion of both biology and chemistry. AP Biology includes those topics regularly covered in a college introductory biology course and differs significantly from the standards-based, high school biology course with respect to the kind of textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the kind of laboratory work performed by students, and the time and effort required of the students. Biology and Chemistry are a prerequisite for this course.

Advanced Placement Physics

AP Physics 1 Mechanics is an advanced college level course using algebra. It covers most of mechanics (Newton’s laws of motion, gravitation, energy, momentum, rotational motion, simple harmonic motion, and static equilibrium) at the same level as a first year college course.

Advanced Placement Chemistry

This course is the equivalent of a college-level course that is designed to expand upon concepts learned in a general chemistry class as well as develop the scientific and critical thinking skills of students preparing for college. AP Chemistry will be a mixture of direct instruction, web-delivered instruction, project-based learning (PBL), and laboratory investigation.

Environmental Science – Spring Semester

This is a project based learning course. The students explore big questions and big ideas about the environment. Questions like “Why are the trees dying?”, “How do we limit our impact on the environment?”, and “Why is the earth getting hotter?” Public speaking and presenting are the basic forms of assessments. The students also have to design and implement an artifact that demonstrates their understanding of the central concepts.

Advanced Psychology

This course is year-long offered to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who wish to learn introductory psychology at the collegiate level in preparation for the AP Psychology exam. The course will cover the sub-disciplines of psychology (neuroscience, cognition, socialization, development, psychopathology, and consciousness) using the history and research methods of behavioral science as a framework for understanding.

S.P.A.C.E.! – Fall Semester

This course is an acronym that stands for Studies Pertaining to Astronomical and Cosmological Exploration. In the first of the two courses we will be keeping our feet firmly planted on the ground and focusing on the observable universe and the nearby celestial bodies. The class will progress along the lines of historical astronomy beginning with observations taken by sight and progressing to observations made with the help of a quadrant, a brief pause to discuss day time observations, heliocentrism and craft a Sundial, with the semester culminating in telescope observations. Students will learn the physics behind such observations and be given the opportunity to learn to identify various constellations and celestial objects in real time observations, including analysis of genuine data thanks in part to some telescope time using the micro observatory, a project developed at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Geometry is a prerequisite for this course.

Robotics & Design– Fall Semester

In collaboration with the math and science departments, students will be guided through necessary skills for the design concepts and operations of robotics. The course will be one semester and has four main components: 3D designing, building, programming, and operating. The course starts with a problem that each group needs to solve: e.g. How can I get that ball across the room into that cup? With the use of Autodesk Inventor the students will have the ability to design in a 3D digital format. With the completed design, the students can then build a robot and program it to complete the challenge. The students will have several of these problems to solve over the length of the semester.

Structure & Design- Fall Semester

The students will be given a prompt or scenario that requires them to problem solve their way through the issue at hand. The process warrants the questions; what is the problem, how can we solve it, what can we design to help solve the problem, how useful is our product, what changes can be made to better the solution? The product(s) created will be tested and altered until a solution is reached.

Advanced 3D Concepts – Spring Semester

This course will extend 3D design to the math formulas and equations. The class will investigate complex 3D designs using CAD software and other 3D imaging technology Prerequisite: Successful completion of three of the following courses, Robotics, Advanced Robotics, Structure and Design, Manufacturing and Design, or Graphic Design.

 

Not offered this year, but returning soon...

Advanced Placement Biology

AP Biology is a year-long college level course that is designed to be taken by students after the successful completion of both biology and chemistry. AP Biology includes those topics regularly covered in a college introductory biology course and differs significantly from the standards-based, high school biology course with respect to the kind of textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the kind of laboratory work performed by students, and the time and effort required of the students. Biology and Chemistry are a prerequisite for this course.

Advanced Placement Physics

AP Physics 1 Mechanics is an advanced college level course using algebra. It covers most of mechanics (Newton’s laws of motion, gravitation, energy, momentum, rotational motion, simple harmonic motion, and static equilibrium) at the same level as a first year college course.

Advanced Psychology

This course is year-long offered to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who wish to learn introductory psychology at the collegiate level in preparation for the AP Psychology exam. The course will cover the sub-disciplines of psychology (neuroscience, cognition, socialization, development, psychopathology, and consciousness) using the history and research methods of behavioral science as a framework for understanding.

Manufacturing & Design – Fall Semester

The students will learn about and experiment with different materials and chemical make-ups. They will address such questions as; what material will best suit our need, flexible material or stiff material, is erosion an issue for our design? After gaining proper knowledge and uses of materials and elements, the students will create and test their designs.

Graphic Design – Spring Semester

Beginning in a 2D format the students will design appealing, artistic, and technical advertisements to catch interest in the topic. Then, taking the theme in 2D idea, they will create a functional piece of 3D art that can inspire the same interest; but in a hands-on, pick it up, it a tangible mentality. The ultimate challenge is to turn a 2D object into an object that creates more of an impact, a true representation.

Students in the Wayland Academy physics lab