At La Europa Academy, science is taught at a rigorous, college preparatory level. In these courses the students gain an understanding of the nature of science as well as a strong background in science content. The students explore many concepts using hands-on activities, laboratory activities, and simulations so that they experience the process of science and gain a better understanding of those concepts. After doing research on various topics, the students relate science to history and society, and present their findings through art projects or Power Point presentations. Science units incorporate creativity through writing, drawing and painting, developing graphics and games.

Art in Science

Biology - Play dough Animal Cell

Chemistry - Egg Tempura

Physics - Mind Map

Biology

Biology is the study of life. In this course the students begin learning about ecology so that they have a concept of how living things interact with each other and their environments. There is a strong emphasis on how energy and nutrients flow through the ecosystem. From there, the students learn about the chemistry of life, detailing what those nutrients become in living things. Cells and cell processes come next so that the students understand how cell chemistry is responsible for the way living things grow and function. They learn that cells are grouped together into tissues, organs, and organ systems so that larger organisms can meet their needs and carry out their life processes. Once the students understand cell biology and the organization of living tissues, they are ready to learn about the principles of heredity and how the genes coded into DNA direct life processes. Finally, the students learn about the diversity of life and biological systems of classification. They come full circle to see how interactions between organisms and their environment influence individual survival, how traits become more frequent or less frequent in a population, and how species change over time.

Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the structure, composition and behavior of matter. Through the study of models, students learn how atoms and molecules are built and react. Students learn about the movers and shakers in the history of chemistry over the past three hundred years including the creation of the modern periodic table. We explore environmental and ethical issues of current events like nuclear power vs. the burning of fossil fuels. Also, students realize that chemistry is very organized, and that there is a reason why substances combine the way they do. Through class discussions, projects, mathematical skill building and laboratory experiences, students learn more about the world around them, and that chemistry is happening all the time.

Physics

Physics is the study of motion, forces, and energy. The course starts with a study of motion and how we measure and record motion. Next we explore how various forces impact motion, including a study of gravity as a force that shapes not only our world but the universe as well. Finally, we explore the types of energy; how energy, force and motion are related; and the concepts of energy conservation and transfer. The students also learn to use math in science as we learn to measure, predict, and describe the patterns and laws that govern matter and energy.

Environmental Science

Environmental science is an applied science course that integrates all fields of science with a focus on the environment and human impacts. At the same time, students explore current policies and practices related to the environment around the world. The goal of environmental science courses is to provide a strong background in scientific principles and practices, as well as social and political perspective, so that students are prepared to analyze environmental issues and use their knowledge to guide their own decision making.