Science in the Eighth Grade

Students conduct fun electrical and chemical experiments in Electricity, Waves, and Information Transfer, design fascinating experiments in Earth and Space Systems  that range from investigating our planetary system to studying catastrophic events, and learn about biodiversity and the interdependence of organisms in Development and Reproduction of Organisms. 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

Electricity, Waves, and Information Transfer

Students design and test real-world technologies, which are excellent contexts for investigating electricity, information transfer, and wave characteristics.  We investigate why electric circuits make excellent models for studying the role of electricity in an animal’s ability to sense and respond to the environment.


Lesson 1–Introduction to the Physical Sciences

Lesson 2–Interactions

Lesson 3–Chemical Reactions

Lesson 4–Electricity and Magnetism

Lesson 5–Earth’s Magnetic Field

Science Option B

Earth and Space Science

In this course, students get an overview of our solar system and the broader universe. They conduct experiments that help them to understand our Sun-Earth-Moon system, explore the planets, learn how climate and weather affect space systems, and investigate major catastrophic events and propose solutions to help prepare for or prevent such events.

Lesson 1–Space Systems Exploration

Lesson 2–Exploring Planetary Systems

Lesson 3–Sun-Earth-Moon System

Lesson 4–Weather and Climate

Lesson 5–Catastrophic Events

Science Option C

Development and Reproduction of Organisms

In this course, students learn about life cycles and processes while studying Wisconsin Fast Plants and Cabbage White Butterflies. They extend this learning to other organisms and make connections between the life cycles of plants and those of animals. This course makes learning about life science simple, interesting, and fun.

Lesson 1–Introduction to the Life Sciences

Lesson 2–Molecular Biology and Genetics

Lesson 3–Ecology

Lesson 4–Animals

Lesson 5–Human Biology


Technology in the Eighth Grade

By the time students get to eighth grade, they have accumulated many digital skills that they use personally and academically. We’ve designed this curriculum with that in mind. 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 will give them a competitive advantage in college and the job market later in life!

Technology Option A

Introduction to Computer Programming for Grade 8

Every student should have an opportunity to learn about computing. Teens are engaged by computers, laptops, and smartphones. In Introduction to Computer Programming for Grade 8, 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

Computer Labs

In Computer Labs, students get the opportunity to create fun digital projects while learning fundamental computing skills. Children create digital photo albums, conduct Star Wars research, and travel all over the world (online, of course) individually or in teams. We focus on building computing and team-building skills that students carry with them throughout their lives.

Lesson 1–Digital Ecosystem Photo Album

Lesson 2–Star Wars Research Lab

Lesson 3–Arts Lab

Lesson 4–Travel Lab

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Technology Option C

Makerbot 3D Printing Labs

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 in the Eighth 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 build action-reaction rockets, blow-and-go parachutes and other fun and engaging eighth grade engineering feats. 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–Action-Reaction Rocket Lab

Lesson 2–Amusement Park Rides: The Ups and Downs in Design

Lesson 3–Art in Engineering

Lesson 4–Blow-and-Go Parachute Lab

Lesson 5–Squishy Circuits

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 in the Eighth 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 8 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–Internet Safety Lab

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 8 Edition

In Math Missions: Grade 8 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 8. 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 Essential Skills

Lesson 2–Geometry

Lesson 3–One Variable Equations

Lesson 4–Linear Equations and Functions

Lesson 5–Data and Modeling

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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