Southwestern Middle School Science
6th Grade: During 6th grade we study Earth science. We cover a large area of topics ranging from a little chemistry to minerals and rocks. Along the way we discuss volcanoes, earthquakes, weather and pollution, ending the year exploring astronomy.
7th Grade: During 7th grade we will primarily focus on Biology (the study of life). From cells to genetics to plants and diseases, if it has to do with life it is a possible area of study.
8th Grade: 8th grade students will get to experience a science class that is very different from those they have had before. During 8th grade students start a program called Project Lead The Way (PLTW). PLTW offers students a very hands on student driven learning approach. We cover topics like engineering and design, human anatomy and medical fields, flight and space etc. We are also working on implementing a robotics portion. While challenging, many students also find this curriculum rewarding and more interesting.