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Category: Science

Science, PK3 - SK

In PK3-SK, science is incorporated into the Units of Inquiry. When applicable, our science expert, Dr. Frassinelli, visits the EC classes and participates in experiments with them in their classrooms. Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Science, Grade 1 - Grade 4

Students in grades 1-4 connect their classroom science learning through units of inquiry and apply their knowledge when they go to the LS science lab 2 times in a 7 day rotation. Our experienced science teacher, Dr. Frassinelli, guides students through a science teaching model that includes hands-on science labs and partner work. It truly becomes one of our LS students’ highlights of their day. Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Integrated Science, Grade 5

The fifth-grade year is an introduction to the big three areas of science covered throughout the Middle Years Programme, which are Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. This year, students will gain an overall perspective on scientific inquiry, along with the processes of experimentation and measurement. Students will need to collaborate, ponder, question, examine closely and be prepared to try multiple avenues in order to grasp the concepts we shall face throughout the course of... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Earth Science, Grade 6

Sixth-grade students will be learning Earth and Space Science. As a part of the course, students will be using multiple sources, but their primary textbook is the McGraw-Hill Earth and Space IScience Online Textbook (2017). The Earth and Space Curricula includes three major sections: Geology, Weather and Climate, and Space. Throughout the year, students will actively engage in these three topics in conjunction with the MYP Year 1 science curriculum. While exploring geology, students will have... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Life Science, Grade 7

In seventh grade Life Science, the students explore three disciplinary core ideas 1) From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes 2) Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, and 4) Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. They will study topics such as characteristics of living things, classification, cell transport, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, human body systems, and genetics. Throughout each unit, the students participate in a variety of hands-on activities and la... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Physical Science, Grade 8

This course is a preparatory science course for Upper School physics and chemistry. The students will be reintroduced to scientific inquiry, including the scientific method, hypothesis writing, and experimental design. There will be an emphasis on critical thinking of experimental design and the peer-review process. Throughout the course, students will gain hands-on experience in scientific measurement, the use of laboratory equipment, basic science related math, and how to be safe in a schoo... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Biology SL, Grade 9

Biology SL: The Biology SL curriculum is designed as an entry-level course that gives students an opportunity to develop a working knowledge of biological concepts. It is designed to prepare them for college-level courses in biological sciences. Topics include cell structure and function, the chemistry of life, cellular division, and genetics. Students will be challenged to use critical thinking skills to solve problems presented in a laboratory setting. The course emphasizes uniformity as we... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Biology HL, Grade 9

While covering essentially the same core materials taught in Biology SL, the Biology HL goes into greater depth. Cellular processes are examined in detail, with additional time spent on chemical pathways of key processes, applied genetic studies and immunology. As in Biology SL, students will be challenged to use critical thinking skills to solve problems presented in a laboratory setting. The course emphasizes uniformity as well as diversity among organisms. It also provides exposure to the ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Chemistry HL, Grade 10

This course is designed for the student who might be interested in pursuing a science major in college and/or a career in the sciences. The course content is similar to Pre-Diploma Chemistry SL, except that this course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of fundamentals and the course content is covered at an accelerated pace. Computer technology is integrated into some of the units of the curriculum. Analytical thought is developed through the application of problem-solving skil... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Chemistry Studies, Grade 10

Prerequisite: Biology SL, Biology HL (with approval) This course is designed to prepare the student for college chemistry by providing the student with a fundamental understanding of the composition and structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. Content from this survey course includes atomic structure, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, thermodynamics, organic chemistry and acid-base. Analytical thought is developed through the application of problem-solving skills to che... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Physics SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry HL, Chemistry Studies (11th and 12th), Chemistry SL (11th & 12th) Physics SL provides a broad overview of introductory level physics topics that include: one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion (or projectile motion) with motion graphs, classical mechanics and analysis using Newton’s laws, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, work and power, simple harmonic motion, electricity, simple circuits, magnetism, optics, special relativity and b... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Physics HL

Prerequsite: Chemistry HL Physics HL provides an in-depth overview of introductory level physics topics that include: one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion (or projectile motion) with motion graphs, classical mechanics and analysis using Newton’s laws, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, work and power, simple harmonic motion, electricity, simple circuits, magnetism, optics, engineering principles and modern physics topics including both special and general relativit... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Chemistry SL

This course is designed to prepare the student for college chemistry by providing the student with a fundamental understanding of the composition and structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. Content from this survey course includes atomic structure, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, thermodynamics, organic chemistry, and acid-base. Analytical thought is developed through the application of problem-solving skills to chemical computation and the use of the scientific metho... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Anatomy and Physiology

Prerequisite: Chemistry Studies, Chemistry SL Anatomy and Physiology course investigates the structure and function of the human body, the biological structure of living organisms and their components. Students in Anatomy and Physiology course can expect a general overview of the systems and structure of the human body, including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine and reproductive systems. Students will also learn about exercise physiology, hea... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry Studies, Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL This course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition and looks at them in the context of sports, exercise and health. Students will cover a range of core and option topics and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. This will provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Environmental Science and Societies SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry Studies, Chemistry SL Environmental Science and Societies is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies and gives students the opportunities to assess the scientific, ethical, and political impacts of numerous environmental topics. The eight major areas focused on in the course include: Foundations of environmental systems, Ecosystems and ecology, Biodiversity and conservation, Water and aquatic food ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Chemistry SL

Chemistry Standard Level (SL) is a course of study that will mirror a first year principle of chemistry course at the college level. Topics that will be covered include basic scientific reasoning and experimental procedures, atomic structure and chemical bonding, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium, acid/base reactions, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. SL and HL cover a common core syllabus, a common internal assessment (IA) sch... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Biology SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL, Physics SL, Physics HL, Further Biology The purpose of this course is to instill in each student an appreciation for and understanding of the global interdependence of all living things; and the exquisite and intricate ecological balance of life on this planet in all its biodiversity. To this end, students will be engaged in laboratory activities covering cellular components and the varied processes which maintain life. Students will also study anato... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Physics SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL, DP Physics SL, Further Biology DP Standard Level (SL) Physics is a course study that includes Newtonian Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, Circular motion, Energy and the environment, and Atomic and Nuclear Physics. In addition, students are required to complete additional work related to either Engineering physics, Astrophysics, Digital imaging or Relativity. An additional 40 hours of laboratory time will be required, over... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Computer Science HL

Prerequisite: Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL, Physics SL, Physics HL, Further Biology DP Computer Science HL will give students an understanding of the fundamental concepts of computational thinking as well as knowledge of how computers and other digital devices operate. Students will need to think procedurally, logically, concurrently, abstractly, recursively and think ahead. They will utilize an experimental and inquiry-based approach to problem-solving, developing algorithms and expressing th... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Chemistry HL

Prerequisite: Chemistry HL, Physics SL, Physics HL, Further Biology Chemistry Higher Level (HL) is a course of study that will mirror a first-year principle of chemistry course at the college level. Topics that will be covered include basic scientific reasoning and experimental procedures, atomic structure and chemical bonding, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium, acid/base reactions, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. SL and HL ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Physics HL

DP Higher Level (HL) Physics is a course study that covers all the topics listed in DP SL Physics but to a deeper level. Topics include Newtonian Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, Circular Motion, Energy, and Atomic and Nuclear Physics. In addition, DP Physics HL covers topics covering Engineering Physics and Relativity, both special and general. This course includes a minimum of 60 hours of laboratory work required over the course of the two years. A project in th... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Biology HL

The purpose of this course is to instill in each student an appreciation for and understanding of the global interdependence of all living things; and the exquisite and intricate ecological balance of life on this planet in all its biodiversity. To this end, students will be engaged in laboratory activities covering cellular components and the varied processes which maintain life. Students will also study anatomy and physiology, learning how we function and maintain physical health. In additi... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Environmental Systems and Societies HL

Environmental Systems and Societies is an interdisciplinary course which focuses on the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies and gives students the opportunities to assess the scientific, ethical, and political impacts of numerous environmental topics. The eight major areas focused on in the course include: Foundations of environmental systems, Ecosystems and ecology, Biodiversity and conservation, Water and aquatic food production systems and societies, Soil systems... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Design Technology SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry Studies, Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL, Physics SL, Physics HL, Further Biology IB Design Technology is a multi-disciplinary course that draws on areas of knowledge that includes science, business, and art. Students will learn and delve into a complete design research and strategy, culminating in the creation of a product. Students will have the option to further develop their product into a company offering that will be created in other classes at Lausanne. They will le... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16