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8th Grade Science

Design Labs

Sports Science P.E.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are the new California state science standards. The entire Vista Unified School District is part of a group of "early implementers" of these new standards. "What differentiates the CA NGSS from previously adopted California science standards is the way the CA NGSS weave together the three dimensions (scientific and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts) of the Framework across the NGSS scientific disciplines (physical science, life science, and earth and space science), with engineering, technology, and practical applications of science." (NGSS Implementation Plan) At VIDA, all of our science classes are implementing these new standards to provide our students with the best possible science education.

Grain Creations

Watch your ideas become a reality as you learn about design & modeling and the basics of woodworking. This experience combines two design labs into one where students will split time with two teachers who will focus on using design principles to develop a computer generated model, and also learn basic woodworking skills. From planning, to sawing, to final details, this hands-on design lab will keep you motivated as you see progress towards your end product and ensure that you have skills that will last the rest of your life.


CSI Medical Detectives: Level 1

In this Design Lab, students play the role of real-life medical detectives. They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health. This class includes dissections of the cow eyeball and the sheep brain.

*Project Lead the Way Course


Design and Modeling

In this class, you will use the VIDA / Engineering Design Thinking Process to solve problems and understand how innovation and creativity is all around you! Using Autodesk® design software and your imagination, you will create virtual 2D and 3D images of your designs and produce a portfolio to showcase your innovative solutions.

*Project Lead the Way Course


Become an expert on the sports you love through breathing, living, and understanding the fascinating mathematics and science behind them. While playing sports such as football, basketball, and baseball, students will learn physics, biomechanics, geometry, and statistics from a unique vantage point making for a win-win for everyone.



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