This course is a survey of four major categories of science:
Do you ever wonder how did the universe began? How do scientists propose its beginning, how do other historical models compare to what we understand today? And what do models have to do with any of it? Join us as we get hands on, creating models, understanding models, and reading about models in relation to space, history and many difference aspects of science all while learning about different objects in space and their relation and effects on Earth.
Do you wonder why things in nature are the way they are? Do you wonder why some plants or animals can live in hot, humid areas of the world and some live in cool, dry areas? Genetics are the foundation for the diversity of all living things and in this course, you'll set off on a virtual Student Exchange Program to Brazil to find out more! You’ll learn from the locals how the topic of genetics impacts gardens, farms and the Amazon Rainforest. You’ll also learn about students’ various local concerns and how they’re getting involved to take action! After touring the country, marvelling at the rich diversity, you’ll "travel" home to research and create an action plan of your own!
Energy surrounds us, everywhere! It’s in the lifting of a book, the turning of a dial, or the spinning of a wheel. It’s in the motion of walking down the street or the dropping of a ball. In this module we dive deep into the relationship between different types of energy, namely potential energy and kinetic energy, and inquire as to how energy is present in some of the most common things around us! Together we will build a book that outlines how energy is conserved in ordinary objects, like the piece of paper or screen you are looking at now!
Flux, motion, movement, alteration, transformation. All these words apply to matter. Matter is dynamic and can undergo dramatic changes! Carbon dioxide and water undergo a chemical change to produce wood, leaves, fruit and much more, and nitrogen and hydrogen can be reacted industrially to produce the fertilizer needed to feed billions of people! Is chemical change random? How can we make sense of it and use chemical change to our advantage? We’ll be looking at this question from the perspective of modern atomic theory, chemical kinetics, and thermodynamics. Atoms are in a sort of dance, able to switch their partners to form new molecules, which can switch atoms with other molecules to make other new molecules! In this module, you’ll learn about different types of chemical reactions you experience every day, including brushing your teeth and nuclear fusion (believe it or not), and lay a solid foundation for chemistry literacy in a reactive world.
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