The science program at LRTA aims to prepare students to be scientists in the real world. These rising, middle school scientists observe, try to solve real-world problems by collecting relevant data and knowledge, and share the scientifically-sound solutions with others. Using curricula developed under the direction of the Office of Science for both standard science classes and G/T science classes, teachers in all grade levels provide a hands on/minds on lessons for students.
The science curricula include real-world problems and challenges for all students to solve using the skills and processes of science. Each grade level investigates many types of sciences each year, including Earth/Space Science, Life Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science.
The G/T science program offers the eighth grade G/T science students the opportunity to obtain one high school science credit before entering high school. This class of students completes the high school “Environmental Science” course during their studies in eighth grade. To gain the high school credit, the student completes all course requirements, takes the high school final exam for Environmental Science, and attains a passing grade for the class.
Grade 8 science students also complete the MSA Science Assessment in the spring of each school year. The assessment is completed online over two days during extended science classes. The assessment reviews the sciences learned over the course of the students’ middle school experience.
As stated, the goal of the science program at LRTA is to prepare students to use science in the real-world experiences they will have. To that end, the goals of the program have been established by the Maryland State Curriculum and Baltimore County Public Schools. These goals include the following:
Goal 1.0: SKILLS AND PROCESSES OF SCIENCE- Students will demonstrate ways of thinking inherent in the practice of science.
GOAL 2: EARTH/SPACE SCIENCE- Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the chemical and physical interactions (i.e., natural forces and cycles, transfer of energy) of the environment, Earth, and the universe that occur over time.
GOAL 3.0 LIFE SCIENCE- Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the dynamic nature of living things, their interactions, and the results from the interactions that occur over time.
GOAL 4.0 CHEMISTRY- Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the composition, structure, and interactions of matter in order to support the predictability of structure and energy transformations.
GOAL 5.0 PHYSICS- Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of matter and energy and the energy transformations that occur.
GOAL 6.0 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE- Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of environmental factors (living and non-living) and analyze their impact from a local to a global perspective.
For more information regarding the different science programs in middle schools, please contact Mr. Peregoy at LRTA or the BCPS Office of Science.