At CSG, the Science Department uses an inquiry approach to learning by using cooperative experiences to engage students in lab activities and experiments. When given a problem, students identify variables and develop procedures. They perform tests, collect, and analyze data, and make charts and graphs to help formulate conclusions. Students experience guided inquiry where they are given a set of objectives, a set of safe websites for them to explore, and a rubric to clarify the expectations beyond the traditional laboratory experience. In advanced courses, students experience true inquiry approach. They are given a problem and resources to utilize to design and conduct experiments to test their hypothesis. As a summative assessment, students present their findings in post-inquiry sessions with peer review.
The Science Department strives to help students:
- Realize that science is fascinating, fun, and rewarding.
- Understand that scientific discovery is an ongoing, ever broadening, self-correcting search for answers, and that any one discovery leads to further questions and experimentation rather than an absolute or ultimate truth.
- Appreciate how the cooperative nature of the current scientific enterprise works and be able to make clear judgments regarding their roles in the today's technological and competitive world.
- Learn the fundamental facts, concepts, laboratory, and reasoning skills that are basic to further formal study in the individual scientific disciplines.
This course develops science processing and research skills learned in earlier levels. Students study a variety of topics in the life and physical sciences with the goal of demonstrating the interconnectedness of all topics. Studies in life sciences include cells structure and function, plant experiments, and the use of microscopes. Students also investigate the properties of matter, receive an introduction to the metric system, investigate weather concepts, and engineer a roller coaster in a unit on forces and motion. This course challenges Form VI students to differentiate between fact and opinion at all levels of scientific discussions.
This course emphasizes science process skills through the study of ecology, astronomy, and geochemistry. In ecology, students conduct a comparative analysis in limnology with data collected from Rocky Fork Creek at Cynthia’s Woods and from Lake Erie at The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. Investigations in cosmology focus on patterns and formation of astronomical bodies, tools of modern astronomy, and laws and theories that govern the universe. Topics in geochemistry provide an opportunity for students to build on their understanding of both the internal and external forces that constantly change the surface of our planet. Students also realize the interconnectedness of geology and chemistry as they conduct experiments on erosion, weathering, and volcanic activity.
This course delves deeper into the physical sciences and further develops student understanding of cell function and genetic principles. Students investigate how and why traits are passed from parents to their offspring. Foundation topics in chemistry are broadened to include atomic structure, trends in the periodic table, chemical bonding, basic chemical reactions, and chemistry-specific lab skills. Introductory topics in physics include forces, motion, energy transfer, and simple machines. Studies strengthen engineering design skills by creating, testing, and evaluating both a bridge constructed of bass wood, and a table size trebuchet.