Grand Traverse Academy 2018-19 Secondary School Course Catalog 9 surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples. Pre-Algebra (Grade 8) Instructional time will focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. Science & Engineering 7th Grade Science This course will introduce, reinforce and enhance students’ scientific process skills, critical thinking, and content knowledge within the chemical, physical and life sciences. Specifically, the class will include units on basic scientific skills, energy, forces, general chemistry, cells, and body systems. A variety of learning styles will be incorporated, and instruction will include classroom discussion, interactive lectures, hands-on activities, projects, and scientific labs. 8th Grade Science This science course will help students understand the world around them. We will go outdoors to study the weather, which will lead into analyzing satellite data and images to explore climate change and glacier formations. Students will do further study of Earth science in the fields of fossil records and geological processes, including earthquakes and tectonic plate movement. Students will use skills from their PLTW courses to solve ecological engineering problems. Through gamification, we will explore the diversity and fragility of the Earth’s ecosystems. Finally, students will apply scientific observational skills to analyze the health of the local watershed that the school is a part of. Automation & Robotics (Grade 7 – One Semester) Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects, such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms. Introduction to Computer Science (Grade 7 – One Semester) This unit will allow students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. They will design and develop a physical computing device, interactive art installation or wearable, and plan and develop code for microcontrollers that bring their physical designs to life. Physical computing projects will promote student awareness of interactive systems, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and broaden their understanding of abstract computer science concepts through meaningful and authentic applications. Medical Detectives (Grade 8 – One Semester) Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health. Flight & Space (Grade 8 – One Semester) The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space. During this unit, students delve into the history of flight and space, discover the science behind aeronautics, and explore traveling and living in space. Students are then challenged to use their knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil. Physical Education Physical Education This course provides students with the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that promote lifelong physical fitness. The curriculum consists of motor skills development, sportive play, health education, and a wide range of physical fitness exercise.