Science

Science in the Ninth Grade


Students build wind turbines and solar robots in Introduction to Electricity and Electronics, solve a case in the forensics lab in Survey of Biology, and make invisible ink in Chemical Reactions. 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

Introduction to Electricity and Electronics

In this course, students investigate energy and how it powers electronics by building snap circuits, turbines, solar robots and other “highly-charged particle” projects. Introduction to Electricity and Electronics gives students an advantage in school and in life by teaching them fundamental science concepts that they will use long after they’ve finished the course.

Lesson 1–Electrical Engineering Lab

Lesson 2–Snap Circuits Lab

Lesson 3–Wind Turbine Lab

Lesson 4–Solar Robot Lab

Lesson 5–Circuits Light Show Lab

Science Option B

Survey of Biology

In Survey of Biology, students conduct bacteria labs, DNA experiments, and forensic investigations while learning fundamental scientific concepts. This course delves into modern scientific techniques that attempt to solve real-world problems, thereby illustrating that what students are learning today may help to solve significant world problems tomorrow. This course gives students an advantage in school and in life by teaching fundamental science concepts that they will use long after they’ve finished the course.

Lesson 1–Bacteria Experiment Lab

Lesson 2–DNA Lan

Lesson 3–Forensic Science Lab:  The Missy Hammond Case

Lesson 4–Anatomy of the Brain Science Lab

Lesson 5–Strawberry Hydro-Dome Lab

Science Option C

Chemical Reactions

This isn’t your normal, everyday chemistry class, it’s an amped up version that keeps students not only learning but having fun! Students learn the fundamental concepts behind chemical reactions while performing some pretty cool experiments. Chemical Reactions will give your teen an advantage in school because chemistry is considered a central science that connects other sciences to each other. It provides learners the opportunity to make important connections between what they are learning in school and how they can apply that learning in their everyday lives.

Lesson 1–Invisible Ink Lab

Lesson 2–Electrochemical Lab

Lesson 3–Candy Chemistry Lab

Lesson 4–Glow Sticks and the Chemistry of Luminescence

Lesson 5–Super Summer Snow??? Lab

Technology

Technology in the Ninth Grade


The academics in ninth grade begin preparing students for college, where they will need new technology skills to address increasingly more difficult coursework. We’ve designed our Grade 9 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 9

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 9, 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

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

Technology Option C

Introduction to Web Design

In this course, students learn how to create their very own websites. Teens get the skills, tools, and technologies that allow them to learn at their own pace while building a well-designed website. There are no prerequisites for this course, just a sincere desire to work hard to learn some pretty invaluable web design skills!

Lesson 1–Create a Web Page

Lesson 2–Web Design Software

Lesson 3–Write an HTML Web Page

Lesson 4–Style Your Site

Lesson 5–CSS Code

Engineering

Engineering in the Ninth 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 ninth 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

Math in the Ninth 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 9 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 9

In Math Missions: Grade 9 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 9. 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–Algebra

Lesson 3–Linear Relations

Lesson 4–Geometry

Lesson 5–Measurement

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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