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
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 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.
Introduction to Technology and Computer Programming
Graph Paper Programming (Unplugged Activity)
Paper Planes (Unplugged Activity)
Getting Loopy (Unplugged Activity)
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 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 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
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 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
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 3–Linear Relations
Math Option C
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