Rachel Gustafson, LL - Science
December 2019 - January 2020
Science 24 and 20-4 classes built crash test egg cars to test speed and momentum calculations.
The Science 14 students wrapped up the biology unit in early November, where they examined different ways the human body maintains internal balance. The students are now learning about energy flow, cycles of matter, and population change in the ecosystems unit.
The Science 10 classes finished up their Biology unit where they experimented with cell permeability in potatoes, eggs, Jell-O, and gummy bears.
The Biology 20 students finished their ecology unit with a trip to the zoo! This hands-on learning opportunity reviewed key concepts related to adaptations and evolution. Students also had the opportunity to check out several of the animal exhibits, including the lions, pandas, and penguins.
Physics 20 is exploring Uniform Circular Motion and how it applies to car travel, rollercoasters and satellites.
The Chemistry 20 students are working in the lab diluting solutions, and they performing the flame test to determine ion content in various solutions.
In Science 20 students have started the Physics unit where we will learn about changes in motion and how scientists use this information to design safety technology.
In Biology 30 students have just started the Molecular Genetics unit where students will learn all about replicating DNA and making proteins - the building blocks of our body!
The Chemistry 30s are exploring equilibrium by using Le Chatelier’s Principle to predict how stress affects chemical states and they recently did a very simple lab involving electroplating zinc onto a piece of copper.
The Science 30 students had a field trip to the Telus Spark Science Centre and spent the day learning about science in the world around them.
Physics 30 students learned how to calculate the speed of light by melting chocolate bars in the microwave.
Students are encouraged to attend tutorials for extra help when necessary. Teachers are available throughout the week to provide one-on-one assistance to their students. The Science Tutorial Schedule is below.
|Gustafson||Everyday||3:15 - 4:30 PM||345|
|Tench||Mon & Wed||3:15 - 4:00 PM||328|
|Skjenna||Mon & Wed
Tues & Thurs
|3:30-4:00 PM |
|King||Mon - Thurs||11:30 - 12:10 PM||308|
|Stolee||Tues & Thurs||Lunch||329|
|Young||Mon – Thurs||3:30 - 5:00 PM||330|
|Ngam||Mon - Fri||8:00 - 8:30 AM||342|
|Kooner||Mon - Thurs||3:15 - 4:30 PM||324|
|Huncha||Mon & Wed||3:15 - 4:15 PM||328|
With another school year underway, our science classes have been busy. Our Grade 10 program includes both Science 10 and Science 14. Students are working towards outcomes based on their competencies demonstrated in junior high as well as being encouraged to challenge themselves every day. High school can be a big adjustment for some students, so
our Science department is checking in with our students regularly to make sure they are finding the right place and finding success on their outcomes.
Our Grade 10 team consists of four teachers working collaboratively to make sure that all of our students are finding success in the grade 10 level and adjusting to high school successfully with the help of our High School Success teacher, Mr. Ranieri.
Our Chemistry 20 classes are working on their bonding units. Learning about bonding between molecules and the shapes and structures that they form and contribute to their interactions with other molecules.
The Chemistry AP class learned how to make standardized solutions and dilute a copper (II) sulfate solution.
The Biology 20 classes are done their Photosynthesis/Cellular Respiration units and are working on the Ecology/Evolution units. Students are learning about the flow of energy and the cycling of matter in the biosphere unit. They are creating posters that detail how both living and non-living factors affect balance in an ecosystem.
The Physics 20 classes are learning about Kinematics/Dynamics and starting to draw free body diagrams.
The Chemistry 30 students have been in the lab numerous times this semester. Learning about the efficiencies of Hess’ Law by building their own calorimeters.
The Biology 30 students have completed two dissections so far, one on a sheep’s brain and the other on a cow’s eyeball to learn about the nervous system and the senses.
Science 30 did the heart dissection and luckily, nobody fainted even after the blood spilled on the floor!
Teachers are available for tutorials at various times throughout each day. Students are encouraged to seek extra help from their teachers if they miss any classes or days of school.
Tutorial schedules are posted around the Science wing and in every teacher’s classroom. The test center is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:00pm for any students who miss a test and need to make it up. Remember, all absences must be excused through the attendance line.