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Science Teachers Making Waves . . .
Science Teachers Making Waves . . .
Laurie Beauvais
Saturday, December 15, 2018

As part of our commitment to JASON Learning, on December 11th, our science teachers participated in professional development focused on the World of Waves and Living Well.  During these sessions, our teachers are students again, participating in the same activities they would utilize in their classrooms.

The World of Waves curriculum builds a deep, working understanding of the physics of waves and their importance in our world.  Students explore how sound, light and other electromagnetic waves are involved in engaging real-world phenomena, like surfing in the ocean, animal communication, and mobile networks.  

Through immersive, hands-on learning experiences, students are introduced to the basics of waves.  Students will calculate the amount of energy in waves, compare different types of waves, analyze videos of waves in slow motion, build models to explore waves, explore how waves change in different mediums, and explore how waves can carry information through wave modulation.  

Students will also explore the nature of sound and its applications in their world.  Students will model the transmission of sound through a variety of media, analyze music and engineer a musical instrument to specifications, study the voices of humans and other animals, complete investigations of hearing and sound reception by instrumentation, learn how sound is transmitted, on land and below the sea, and how these signals can be used in research and communication.

Waves Video 1

Waves Video 2

Slow Motion Waves

The Living Well curriculum focuses on human biology from the building blocks of life to healthy communities.  Living Well explores the wonders of biology—from the molecular building blocks of life, to cells, organs and organ systems, to the human body as an interconnected whole, and even the behavior of populations—through the prism of human health and disease. On this journey, students will meet and emulate engaging STEM career role models working in a range of relevant, impactful healthcare jobs, and they will deeply consider the opportunities and challenges that advances in biology present for themselves and their communities.  Along the way, they will build their scientific literacy and practice essential STEM skills. The foundational lessons of this curriculum will introduce the core building blocks of life: Proteins (Tools of Life), DNA (Code of Life), and Cells (Units of Life).

Our science teachers are committed to developing units of study which incorporate JASON Learning.  We are focused on continually improving and enhancing our students’ science experiences.