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Middle School Science

Middle School science classes at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School meet in a well-equipped laboratory/classroom. Emphasis on the scientific method and laboratory safety is completed in investigative groups of two to four. Students are led through the Pre-AP process using experiments from Rice University training.  In addition to providing a strong academic background, critical thinking skills are stressed. Activities, experiments, and field trips are designed to reinforce the concepts presented in core content.

The seventh-grade science curriculum begins with the study of the cell theory, functions of the organelles, transporting of materials in and out of the cell, mitosis, and ends with photosynthesis and respiration.  Human body systems are the next topic of study.  Students learn how each of the systems works separately and how they interact together. Genetics offers several opportunities to study how traits are inherited from one generation to the next.  A study of ecology reminds students of how biotic and abiotic factors interact in the environment, the availability of resources, predatory interactions, and symbiotic relationships.  They are reminded of their lower school studies of biomes.  Studying the distribution of natural resources and human impacts on the environment allows students to take care of our Earth and helps students understand these topics globally.  The next broad topics studied are waves and electromagnetic radiation.  Students explore the properties and the interaction with matter and each other.  They learn how electromagnetic waves are particularly relevant to them and the technologies we use daily.  Lastly, students study electric and magnetic forces, leading to the design and operation of electromagnets, motors, and generators.

The eighth-grade students are encouraged to become more independent learners. Cooperative learning skills are enhanced through group work. The eighth-grade science curriculum begins with the basic properties of atoms, the development of the atomic theory, and the periodic table.  They examine how elements can create compounds and review the properties of acids and bases.  This leads to understanding mixtures, solutions, physical and chemical properties, and changes, along with the conservation of mass.  Students learn about motion, various forces that cause motion, and related concepts such as speed, velocity, acceleration, Newton’s three laws of motion, and friction and gravitational forces within everyday life.  A study of the geologic time scale is done.  The next topic of study is how energy flows throughout Earth’s atmosphere and oceans.  Students explore how the sun and moon affect Earth.  They study how objects, including the Earth, sun, and moon, move through space.  Students will also see how the motion and position of the Earth, the sun, and the moon affect each other.  They examine the evidence and models that support scientists’ understanding of the universe.

The EDS Science Fair is an annual event. Students develop hypotheses and design experiments that are scientifically sound. Technical writing is used in reporting research.Students present their projects to the judges to help develop their presentation skills.  Middle School grades participate in either the Science Fair or Social Studies Fair.  EDS regularly participates in both the regional and state competitions.