Science

Science in the Twelfth Grade


Our twelfth grade science curriculum pushes beyond what your teen will do in school. In Crime Scene Investigation, students investigate “cases” while learning forensic techniques such as chromatography! In Optical Mysteries, students get the opportunity to study optical science while building optical labs and kaleidoscopes. In our Remote Control Machines Lab, teens build powerful machines that they showcase at the end of the course in a “machine showdown.” We blend authentic, project-based activities with individual attention so that students derive their own conclusions to scientific questions. Professional guidance and captivating activities result in new learning that will spark a love for scientific inquiry and investigation.


Science Option A

Crime Scene Investigation

Assessing fingerprints and chromatography analysis are just two forensic techniques students learn about in this course. While investigating and solving cases, students glean fundamental scientific information while attaining invaluable inquiry skills that they will use long into their academic careers.

Lesson 1–Forensic Techniques

Lesson 2–The Case of the Missing Biology Lab Frogs

Lesson 3–Assessing Fingerprints

Lesson 4–Hair Examination Lab

Lesson 5–Chromatography Chemical Analysis

Science Option B

Optical Mysteries

In this fun course, students discover the secrets of optics by conducting engaging and educational experiments. By the end of this course, teens will be able to answer interesting questions, such as; why the sky is blue during the day and orange at dusk, how optic cables function, and how kaleidoscopes made. Students learn important scientific skills while creating, innovating, and having fun!

Lesson 1–Is the Sky Really Blue?

Lesson 2–The Colors on a Screen

Lesson 3–Optics Cables

Lesson 4–Harnessing the Sun’s Energy

Lesson 5–Kaleidoscopes

Science Option C

Remote Control Machines Lab

In this course, teens build their own motorized vehicles and machines and control them with wireless remote controls. They are introduced to a unique remote that allows them to control three different motors at the same time, moving each machine forward–or–in reverse, with easy to activate touch sensors. Students can combine the three motors to build more complex vehicles as they learn more about constructing remote control vehicles.

Lesson 1–3-Wheeled Car Lab

Lesson 2–Robot Lab

Lesson 3–Tunneling Vehicle Lab

Lesson 4–Drilling Machine Lab

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Technology

Technology in the Twelfth Grade


The academics in the twelfth grade continue preparing students for college, where they will need new technology skills to address increasingly challenging coursework. We’ve designed our Grade 12 Technology curriculum with that as a focus. We teach students computer skills that are highly sought after in college and in the job market. By this time in their academic careers, students have accumulated many digital skills that they use at school and at home. We take what students are already doing and add to it, authentically, by providing them with real-world problems that need solutions. Our courses focus on teaching students fundamental computing skills that they will use long after the course ends!


Technology Option A

Introduction to Computer Programming for Grade 12

Every student should have an opportunity to learn about computing. Children are engaged by computers, laptops, and smartphones. In Introduction to Computer Programming for Grade 12, students go beyond using these devices, and learn how to program these technologies. Programming is simply giving the computer explicit directions on how to complete a task. Students write increasingly complex programs they can play with and share with their classmates and families, while learning how to collaborate with others, hone their problem-solving skills, and persist through challenging problems.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Technology and Computer Programming

Lesson 2

Graph Paper Programming (Unplugged Activity)

Paper Planes (Unplugged Activity)

Maze Sequence

Lesson 3

Artist Sequence

Getting Loopy (Unplugged Activity)

Lesson 4

Maze Loops

Artist Loops

Bee Loops

Lesson 5

Student Showcase

Technology Option B

Introduction to Photoshop

This course is designed to get beginners up and running on Photoshop, the industry standard in digital imaging. Whether students are new or brushing up, this is the course for them. We cover core Photoshop techniques, imaging concepts, and imaging tools. When students complete the program, they will be able to use the program effectively and purposefully.

Lesson 1–Introduction and Mini Tour

Lesson 2–Essentials for Beginners

Lesson 3–First Design

Lesson 4–Social Media Design

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Technology Option C

Makerbot 3D Printing Lab

In this exciting course, students are introduced to 3D printing, using Makerbot professional 3D printers. Students learn how to operate, troubleshoot, and design their own 3D printing projects that they can share with family and friends during our Student Showcase.

Lesson 1–Introduction to 3D Printing

Lesson 2–Lab 1–Thingiverse

Lesson 3–Lab 2–PrintShop

Lesson 4–Tinkercad

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Engineering

Engineering in the Twelfth Grade


Our engineering curriculum introduces the basic principles of engineering using hands-on projects and activities that focus on the design process. Students design, build, and test structures while learning the fundamentals of engineering individually and in teams. We stress creativity, innovation, and fun! Activities are designed so that students problem-solve by thinking “outside the box,” by engineering designs that are safe, efficient, and solve authentic engineering dilemmas.


Engineering Option A

Hands-On Engineering Labs

In this project-based course, students bend “unbendable” bars, investigate the physic of roller coasters, and engineer a mountain rescue! Because we believe that everyone can be an engineer, we designed this course for everyone! We provide teens with fun, hands-on, authentic projects that teach them fundamental engineering skills that they will find useful long after this course ends.

Lesson 1–Bend That Bar

Lesson 2–Physics of Roller Coasters

Lesson 3–Engineering a Mountain Rescue Part 1

Lesson 4–Engineering a Mountain Rescue Part 2

Lesson 5–Secrets of Money Printing

Engineering Option B

Engineering Structures

Who doesn’t want to build the tallest tower or design the fastest marble run? In Engineering Structures students build towers, bridges, magnetic buildings, and other fun structures while they learn fundamental engineering skills. Teens are born builders (and wreckers!), we build on those abilities while teaching how to problem-solve, work collaboratively in groups, and most importantly, to think like engineers.

Lesson 1–Bridges Building Lab

Lesson 2–Vehicle Building Lab

Lesson 3–Magnetic Building Lab

Lesson 4–Marble Run Lab

Lesson 5–Roller Coaster Lab

Engineering Option C

Lego Mindstorms Lab

The aim of this course is to inspire and support students in creating innovative engineering projects using LEGO’s. If you’re new to LEGO Mindstorms STEM Labs, this is the perfect place to begin! Students are challenged with real-world engineering missions while learning fundamental engineering concepts and team building skills.

 

Lesson 1–Simple Machines

Lesson 2–Powered Machines

Lesson 3–Lab 1

Lesson 4–Lab 2

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Math

Math in the Twelfth Grade


From math games to digital math, our curriculum blends fun and learning in a technology-rich environment that promotes blended learning and individual attention for guaranteed student success. Students are introduced to online learning opportunities in Digital Math, they get a head start on upcoming mathematical concepts in Math Missions: Grade 12 Edition, and they connect math with other disciplines such as art and history in Math Connections.


Math Option A

Digital Math

In this course, students are introduced to and practice new math skills using computers and tablets. They learn new technical skills while having fun with math. The lessons in this course are colorful, cheerful, vibrant, constantly evolving, and most of all, fun! Students learn new math concepts, how to navigate digital devices, how to work in a team, and how to be safe online.

Lesson 1–Review of Essential Skills

Lesson 2–Introduction to Math Learning Software

Lesson 3–Games, Games, Math, and Games

Lesson 4–Math Websites

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Math Option B

Math Missions: Grade 12 Edition

In Math Missions: Grade 12 Edition, students are introduced to fundamental mathematical concepts that will give them an edge in school. We begin by reviewing essential skills that are necessary for further success in Grade 12. We then add to that skill set by immersing students in engaging learning activities that reinforce confidence in their mathematical abilities.

Lesson 1–Review of Essentials

Lesson 2–Functions

Lesson 3–Finance

Lesson 4–Polynomials

Lesson 5–Differential Equations

Math Option C

Math Connections

In this course, we learn how math lives all around us in almost everything we do. We show students that math is not just about numbers, that it is also connected to many other disciplines. We blend math with other interesting topics such as art and science, so that students recognize the immense ability to create and innovate even within the confines of mathematical rules. The earlier students begin to think like creators and innovators, the earlier they will create and innovate!

Lesson 1–Math and Art

Lesson 2–Math and Science

Lesson 3–Math and History

Lesson 4–Math and ELA

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

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