This course fosters students’ natural curiosity through a series of developmentally appropriate hands-on activities that allow them to practice laboratory skills and gain an understanding of key concepts about energy. Students make observations, record data, and write formal reports including spreadsheets and graphs. During the fall study of meteorology students research topics of their choosing, prepare presentations, and share their findings with the class. They investigate energy transformation and conservation by building generators powered by the wind, integrating engineering design and core science concepts. This same integration occurs again during our investigation of astronomy when the students build robots and program them through our computers, and design and build rockets based on aerodynamic principles and Newton’s laws of motion. 

essential questions

What is energy? (when viewed at the atomic scale)

What processes produce the energy we use? 

What process makes things slow down and  stop (lose energy)?

How does energy get from one object to another?

How do products and processes interact in technological systems?

Why are technologies created?
How are tools improved?

How does the Sun cause weather?

How does thermal energy move around, heating and cooling objects and places? 

What factors control Earth's weather and climate?

How do human activities alter Earth's climate?

Great Links


New York Times Science Times

Scientific American