This is a year-long course whose topics include points and lines, logic, angles, properties of polygons, congruence, perimeter, area, volume, coordinate geometry, similarity, right triangle trig, parallel lines, and circles. Algebra 1 skills are incorporated throughout the course so that those skills will be strengthened and retained.
Dates: June 1 - 26, July 6 - 17
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1
This one-semester course is the continuation of Pre-Calculus with Algebra. It covers the complete study of trigonometric functions and identities, along with applications of these topics (complex numbers, polar coordinates, etc.).
Dates: June 15- 26
Time: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Pre-Requisite: Pre-Calculus with Algebra EP
This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn the procedures and principles of forensic science and criminal investigation. Students will play the role of a crime scene investigator, learning the importance of collecting and processing multiple avenues of evidence during a course-long investigation. The course will cover a large range of techniques in forensic analysis, including DNA Typing, Questioned Document Examination, Forensic Entomology, Bite Mark Analysis, Blood Spatter Analysis, Hair and Fiber Analysis, and more. Forensic science incorporates skills in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and criminal justice. It introduces law enforcement topics such as criminal investigations, fingerprint development, firearms identification, and questioned document examination. Students will show their understanding of the knowledge and skills learned by composing investigative reports and concluding the investigation.
Dates: June 1 – 26
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Prerequisite: Biology EP or HP
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of biotechnology. Included in this course is a basic overview of current trends and careers in biotechnology. Additionally, emphasis on basic laboratory skills along with the business, regulatory, and ethical aspects of biotechnology is included. In the course, students learn fundamental skills such as lab design, lab safety, how to write and keep up a lab notebook (required by anyone who does research in an NIH-funded institution), and writing and presentation skills. The knowledge and skills gained in this course will provide students with a broad understanding of biotechnology and its impact on society and with a set of foundation skills for entry into the career pathway. Topics covered in this course are: the Biotech industry, Microbiology and Cell Culture, DNA Structure and Analysis, bacterial transformation and plasmid purification, PCR, protein structure and analysis, and immunological applications.
Dates: June 1- 26
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Prerequisite: Biology EP or HP and Chemistry EP or HP
Designed for the academic student, this course provides for the study of the properties and the behavior of matter. Emphasis is placed on laboratory work, chemical problem solving and units on descriptive, organic, inorganic, and nuclear chemistry as well as environmental chemistry.
Dates: June 1 – 19, July 6 – 24
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., depending on lab schedule
Prerequisite: Biology CP or Department Head approval.
Microbiology is the study of single celled organisms and simple multi-celled organisms. This course is designed for the serious high school science student interested in gaining more lab techniques and a deeper understanding of cell processes. Course work includes, but is not limited to, wet labs, computer simulated labs, team projects, independent learning activities, teacher directed instruction, and research. During this course the student will cover an introduction to the biology of microorganisms, including phylogeny and diversity, growth, metabolism, and genetics. A main objective is to gain appreciation and understanding of diversity and dominance of microorganisms. The course also considers the role of microorganisms in human’s lives, from ways in which they have shaped our environment to direct microbe-human interactions. The laboratory introduces basic techniques of pure culture work, enrichments and isolation, and experimentation with microorganisms.
Dates: June 8 – 26
Time: MWF 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., T/TH 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pre-Requisite: Biology and Chemistry
This course presents basic geologic concepts through the lens of our national parks and monuments. Students will be exposed to national park geology through plate tectonics, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, and other geological phenomena that result from processes that occur within or on the surface of the Earth. We will see how processes occurring at plate boundaries and hotspots result in the dramatic landscapes seen in national parks. We will also introduce other geologic concepts such as rock types, geologic time, and historical geology using examples from the national parks. These tools allow us to understand why landscapes and rocks in a given park are similar to those in some parks yet differ from those in others; and to appreciate why the preservation of geologic features within national parks helps us understand natural science and how it relates to society and the environment.
Dates: June 8-12 on campus, June 13-20 Washington State and Oregon
Time: (June 8-12) 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuition: $3,800 (includes airfare and room and board in Washington)
This course will be taught by Chery Gibson (former member of the Woodward Academy Faculty and Science Department Chair) and Mark Wainwright (author and naturalist from Costa Rica). For 11 days (June 15th – 25th), students will travel throughout Costa Rica exploring and learning about some of the richest ecosystems on earth, some of the fascinating Costa Rican history and culture that surrounds them, and often, the connection between the two. The ecosystems to be explored include lowland Caribbean rainforest, highland cloudforest, coastal Pacific rainforest, mangroves, and even caves. In addition, we will also look at how people use the surrounding areas, with visits to a pineapple plantation, an organic farm, and a reforestation project. And along the way, we will take every opportunity to "taste" Costa Rica - its food literally, but also Costa Rica's scenery, its everyday life, its music and dance, its ocean.
Dates: June 15 - 25
Tuition: $3,800 (includes airfare, room and board in Costa Rica)
Prerequisite: Biology EP or HP and Chemistry EP or HP