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. 
  • 3D Modeling and the Innovation Process - CP

    Spring semester: Students learn modelling software to develop 3D projects without the need for excessive coding or complexity. A self-paced approach enables students to apply design principles in 3D space for industry or amusement. Student final project will be included in a virtual reality gallery exhibition. Prerequisite: none.
  • Anatomy and Physiology - College Prep

    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.
  • Biology - College Prep

    The course will stressi the unity of life and common functions of all organisms. It will cover cellular biology, organismal biology (both plant and animal), and population biology. Laboratory work is an integral part of the class. Honors credit can be earned later in the year.
  • Chemistry - Advanced Placement

    A college-level course studying atomic theory, chemical bonding, periodicity, stoichiometry, gas laws, electrochemistry, states and properties of matter, kinetics & chemical equilibrium. Heavy emphasis on quizzes/exams. Prerequisite: Algebra 1, CP Chemistry, and CP Physics, plus teacher recommendation.
  • Chemistry - College Prep

    Learn 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. Honors credit can be earned later in the year.
  • Cinematography & Edit 1 - CP

    Fall semester: Credit earned in science and fine art. Beginners will learn the basic techniques of camera use, editing software, storyboarding, and project delivery.  Projects are refined through trial and error and learning to shoot great video first.  Activities include studio shooting, interviews, live events, short format, documentary, etc. Selected projects will be included in the Film Festival at the end of the school year. Prerequisite: none
  • Cinematography & Edit 2 - CP

    Spring semester. Credit earned in science and fine art. Go beyond the basics of filming and learn different camera Go beyond the basics of filming and learn different camera techniques, special effects and graphic treatments. Students expand their work quality using proper visual and audio capture techniques paramount to develop individual style and aesthetics. Selected projects will be included in the Film Festival at the end of the school year. Prerequisite: none
  • Civil Eng and Arch 1 - College Prep

    Fall semester. Students learn important aspects of building, site design and development. They apply math science and standard engineering practices. Design residental & commercial projects using modeling either with physical models or 3D architecture design software.
  • Civil Eng and Arch 2 - College Prep

    Spring semester. The civil engineering and architecture course is structured to promote inventiveness, creativity and problem solving through a variety of engineering and design projects. The advancing study of construction includes 3D design using SketchUp and other applications to plan, develop and optimize projects. Designs will be developed in projects that include woodworking skills that promote engineering process and collaboration. Prerequisites: knowledge of woodworking and architectural drafting techniques.
  • Computer Science - College Prep

    Credit for math and science are earned in this year-long course. Computer science concepts are presented through Java basic coding and operations. Computer use and applied sciences are reviewed through multimedia and projects. The second semester includes Python and game coding. Students build mobile apps and develop game projects. Open to all grade levels. Prerequisite: Algebra 1.
  • Creative Engineering and Materials Design - CP

    Fall semester: Students become inventors through product design.  Innovation starts with practical challenges encouraging students to develop unique solutions.  Students learn to tool different materials including woodworking, metal craft, laser cutting, CNC, and plastic molding. As students acquire proficiency, projects become more complex requiring step-wise planning and attention to detail to develop an appreciation for craftsmanship.  Prerequisite: none.
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry - College Prep

    Organic Chemistry is the study of life and all the chemical reactions related to life. An introduction to Organic Chemistry will expose students to nomenclature of organic compounds using the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) system, predict some of the properties and reactions of compounds based on their molecular structure, reaction mechanisms like how viruses behave and how to prevent it, stereochemistry, biochemistry, and understand the importance of these concepts and their application to all sciences and life in general. Majority of the reactions occurring in living matter is related to Organic Chemistry, hence it is impossible to understand the biochemical processes in living matter without knowing organic chemistry. This course is designed to provide a fundamental overview of organic chemistry to students interested in pursuing a career in the sciences.  Upon successful completion of this class, students will understand the relationship between structure and function of molecules, the major classes of reactions, reaction energetics and mechanisms, synthesis of organic compounds, and how to determine structure via various spectroscopic techniques. The Laboratory section is both qualitative and quantitative with emphasis on thinking, writing, measurement, identification, and analytic skills. It is advisable that only students intending to have a career in chemistry, nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, medical technology, chemical engineering, petroleum science, environmental science, renewable energies, climate change, science laboratory work or related sciences should take this class.  Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and Chemistry CP
  • Physics - Advanced Placement

    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. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor
  • Physics - College Prep

    Learn the 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. Honors credit can be earned later in the year.
  • Physics - Honors

    This is a class that gives honors credit for the study of Physics.
  • Robotics 2 – Tetrix and Drone Technologies CP

    Spring semester: Students learn the mechanics, programming, and electronics of ROV (remotely operated vehicles) technologies. Students build their robots and the arenas for racing, battling and trick performances of ROVs. Drone technologies and training use flight simulator software and actual drone piloting. Prerequisite: Robotics 1 or evidence of experience.
  • Robotics and Design 1 - CP

    Fall semester: Credit earned in math & science. The study of the Java programming language is the backdrop used to learn hardware and software.  Students will delve into computer concepts, logic and syntax. The second semester will include Python programming and computer game development. Students build their own apps and games to utilize their coding knowledge of classes, variables, conditional statements, inheritance, abstraction, etc. Open to all grade levels. Prerequisite: none.
  • STEAM in Animation CP

    Spring semester: Credit earned in science and fine art. Don't miss this class! From motion graphics to Adobe CC Animate, students create content in media arts using drawing, photography, character development, storytelling, and animation for motion production. Want to be a UTuber or streaming guru? Create a buzz, be a great animator and standout through motion messages. Prerequisite: none.
     
  • Web Design and Digital Imagery - CP

    Fall semester:
    Credit earned in science and fine art. Develop your awesome website from the ground up. The basics of web development is provided through the review of HTML5, CSS, and packaged applications. Learn mobile layout design and messaging to create web content. Out-of-the-box web tools and CMS including: Adobe, Wix, Wordpress, and Squarespace. No previous coding knowledge required. Prerequisite: none.
     

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