Principles of science is an integrated course focused on foundational skills and content for various scientific fields. The course will explore life science; earth; and space science as well as physical science. Students explore principles related to introductory life science; earth and space science; and physical science in an accelerated/in-depth way. These concepts and skills are intended to be taught in an integrated way through the use of phenomena and real-world applications in order to understand the connections and interrelatedness of the scientific disciplines.
Students will spend approximately 1-2 hours per week completing laboratory/hands-on experiments.
Labs for this course will include (but are not limited to):
For Life Science Standards
HS.L1U1.20 -†Ask questions and/or make predictions based on observations and evidence to demonstrate how cellular organization; structure; and function allows organisms to maintain homeostasis.
HS.L1U1.22 - Construct an explanation for how cellular division (mitosis) is the process by which organisms grow and maintain complex; interconnected systems.†
HS.L1U3.23 -†Obtain; evaluate; and communicate the ethical; social; economic and/or political implications of the detection and treatment of abnormal cell function.
HS.L3U1.25 -†Obtain; evaluate; and communicate information about the causes and implications of DNA mutation.
HS.L3U1.24 -†Construct an explanation of how the process of sexual reproduction contributes to genetic variation
HS. L3U3.26 -†Engage in argument from evidence regarding the ethical; social; economic; and/or political implications of a current genetic technology.†
- Microscopy and modeling of various cells
- Observation and experimentation of homeostasis in different organisms (potatoes; eggs; celery; etc.)
- Observation and experimentation of photosynthesis and its reaction rate†
- Microscopy and modeling of mitosis
- Modeling of organism growth and life-cycle from unicellular to full organism complexity
- Microscopy and modeling of abnormal cell function (specific emphasis on the histology of cancer cells)
- Microscopy and modeling of DNA mutations
- Study and research of the various mechanisms to contribute to abnormal cell growth and common DNA mutations
- Study and modeling of Mendel's data†
- Modeling of mitotic mechanisms for genetic variation (to be discussed at the organism and population level)
- Study and research on genetic technologies and their ethical; economic; social; and political implications.†
- Virtual Labs for Skill Supplementation (various cell microscopy; use of genetic technology; observation of mutations; etc.)
For Physical Science Standards
HS.P3U1.6 - Collect; analyze and interpret data regarding the change in motion of an object or system in one dimension; to construct an explanation using Newton?s laws.†
HS.P3U2.7 -†Use mathematics and computational thinking to explain how Newton?s laws are used in engineering and technologies to create products to serve human ends.†
HS.P2U1.5 -†Construct an explanation for a field's strength and influence on an object (electric; gravitational; magnetic).
HS.P4U1.10 -†Construct an explanation about the relationships among the frequency; wavelength; and speed of waves traveling in various media; and their applications to modern technology.†
- Modeling and experimentation of inertia (bodies in motion and at rest)
- Modeling and experimentation of velocity; momentum; force; mass; and acceleration†
- Modeling and experimentation of thrust; lift; and aerodynamics†
- Incorporation of the previous modeling of Newton's laws to apply them to engineering and technologies to solve current problems
- Modeling and experimentation of electricity; gravity; and magnets (applying mathematical models to associated phenomena)
- Modeling and experimentation of waves and technology that incorporates waves
- Virtual Labs for Skill Supplementation (Newton's laws; technology using waves and fields; etc.)
For Earth Science Standards
HS.E2U1.17 -†Construct an explanation of the origin; expansion; and scale of the universe based on astronomical evidence.
HS.E2U1.16 -†Construct an explanation of how gravitational forces impact the evolution of planetary motion; structure; surfaces; atmospheres; moons; and rings.†
- Modeling of gravitational forces on a macroscopic scale (applying gravitational force to astronomical objects; motion; and scales)
School countryUnited States
School / district Address1481 N. Eliseo Felix Jr. Way
School zip code85323
Requested competency codeLab Science
Approved competency code
- Integrated science