Science

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As part of a faith-based community, we at Sacred Heart School believe that God is the creator of the natural world, and Science is the human endeavor to discover the underlying organization and beauty of his creation.

StemDebate (2)Students at Sacred Heart gain knowledge of the natural world by using skills learned and assessed in Science; in the areas of Life, Earth, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physical Science, Environmental Science, and S.T.E.M., such as observation, experimentation, interpretation, and application.

This knowledge empowers students to become well informed effective communicators and critical thinkers in society. More importantly students can apply science skills to make moral, and ethical decisions that leads to becoming good stewards of God’s creation.

Life Science – Grade 7

Life Science is an introductory course that enables students to start understanding the living world around them and relating that to God’s creation.

Earth Science – Grade 8

Earth Science is a course that enables students to start understanding the natural world around them and relating that to God’s creation.

Physical Science – Grade 9

Physical Science will introduce students to the major concepts in chemistry and physics.  This will include the structure of matter, the concept of energy, and how these both interact in nature.

Biology – Grade 10

Biology is a course that allows students to explore the structure and function of life at the molecular, cellular, and macrobiological level.  This course will include hands-on laboratory exercises, projects, and activities to assist students in their understanding of biological science.

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Each year, Sacred Heart’s Environmental Science class participates in the River Watch Project. The class collects, monitors and analyzes the chemical make-up of the water in each of the rivers.

Chemistry (elective)

In Chemistry, students will explore matter and its design. It is from this understanding students can explain how matter behaves and interacts in nature.

Physics (elective)

In Physics, an elective for seniors, students will explore the nature and properties of matter and how energy interacts with matter as it pertains to motion and forces (mechanics), as well as other forms of energy such as sound, heat, light, electricity and magnetism.

Environmental Science (elective)

Environmental Science will allow students to explore relationships and interactions of life and the physical part of nature.  This will include how humans and their activities affect these relationships.

STEM (elective)

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STEM students learn to apply solutions to a variety of real world problems. Here the students are constructing bridges based on a limited set of parameters.

The purpose of the STEM program is to ignite, excite, and prepare students to have a better understanding of science. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, these fields are the backbone of modern life. Stem is a hands-on course that enables students to start analyzing how Math and Science are related. This is a 21st century skill that will allow students to think outside the box to solve problems.

Anatomy & Physiology (elective)

Anatomy and Physiology is an advanced study of the human body with topics including anatomical structures, physiological systems, and body functions.  Students will develop an understanding of the normal structure and function of the body, as well as how the body responds to abnormal situations.  The course will include laboratory activities, such as microscopic analyses of tissue specimens and several dissections to accompany the subject matter.