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. 
  • 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. Prereq: Consent of the instructor
  • 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 & Spring semesters: 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. 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

    This year long course is 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. Prerequisite: none 
  • Environmental Science - CP

    Year-long. Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary field that involves the physical, biological and chemical domains to explore the interactions between Earth systems, flora, fauna and humans. It studies the environment and provide solutions to environmental problems faced every day since it involves research on air, water, soil, food, and wildlife to help understand system processes. Students will examine the causes, risks, consequences, and potential solutions for both natural and manmade environmental problems through exploring concepts by laboratory activities, environmental case studies, and student projects. Topics like biochemical cycles (like water cycle, nitrogen cycle), types of ecosystems (aquatic, terrestrial), pollution (air, land, water), renewable energy (wind, solar, biofuels), climate change, sustainable development, green economy would be looked at. Prerequisite: CP Biology, CP Chemistry and Algebra 1
  • Physics - AP

    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 and Design 1 - CP

    This spring semester course is a Math & Science. In collaborating 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.
  • Tetrix Engineering - CP

    One semester course is offered in the fall semester.  The FIRST Tech Challenge program is an event associated with the Affiliate Partner at the Milwaukee School of Engineering STEM Outreach Department. Students will build a vehicle arena, rover vehicles, expansion equipment and attachments, and course equipment in accordance with 2020-21 challenges.  Prerequisite: Robotics 1 or 2. 
     

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