Why Take This Course?


Explore the universe using science in STEM 8 B.

How is the Earth different than other planets in the universe? You’ll need both chemistry and earth science to find out! Join us, in this course, for an exploration of the universe using science. Students taking this course will develop the confidence and the basic foundation needed to succeed in higher level chemistry and earth science courses.


  • Physics (preview and practice)
  • Biology (review and preview)
  • Genetics (review and preview)

Course Framework

Learning TargetsGuiding QuestionsProjectsTexts
I can observe the laws of physics in everyday things around me

I can identify the physics at work in amusement park rides
What is Physics? What are key differences between classical and modern physics?Physics and marble collisions

Sports/Music and Newton’s laws of motion
Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, Theodore Gray
I can describe mass and weight and potential and kinetic energyWhat is the law of conservation of energy? Why does it matter?Pendulum project

Roller coaster

simulation exhibit
Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home - But Probably Shouldn't, Theodore Gray
I can describe different types of cells and their functions

I can describe and map gene mutation
What types of cells are there and how do they differ?Cell models

Fun with magnets
Earth, James F. Luhr
I can draw accurate Punnett squares

I can evaluate and debate the application of scientific ethics
What is DNA? What is a gene?Family DNA portraits

Debate on ethics and forms of DNA manipulation
Pate de Fois Gras & Nightfall, Isaac Asimov

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

Bobby MercerJunk Drawer Chemistry
Bobby MercerJunk Drawer Physics


  • Recommended Grade: 8th
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: *Classic: 6 Hours / Honors: 8 Hours
  • Format: Live
  • Credits: 0.5

*Help from parents will be necessary to complete some of these projects. All classes will include supplemental projects and optional readings.

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