Science Department

High quality science instruction is for ALL students.

MCPS Science engages all students through phenomenon-based, 3-Dimensional learning and provides opportunities for students to connect their learning to real world problems. Our instructional goal is to prepare students for lifelong learning by developing skills necessary for success in college and career as outlined by the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices.

Vision:

All students achieve full scientific literacy through standards referenced, problem/project based instruction that develops critical thinkers who apply scientific and engineering practices to authentic problems in a globally competitive society.

Mission:

We will support community partnerships, provide schools with curricular instructional support and professional learning that model science and engineering practices, incorporate literacy and math, engage students and make connections to real world phenomena.

 

Curriculum

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Elementary Curriculum

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Middle School Curriculum

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High School Curriculum

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STEM Opportunities for Students

Building Awareness of High Demand STEM Careers

Learning Undefeated's Emerging Leaders program was created in 2021 to connect young women with biotech, cyber, and other in-demand STEM content and inspire them towards high-demand careers.  Through this rigorous, hybrid learning experience, students meet STEM professionals from a diverse set of backgrounds, learn advanced techniques using professional laboratory equipment, build career readiness and networking skills, and develop friendships that will support their journey in STEM.

*For Female Students between Ages 14-22:

This program is for high school and college women, who are interested in learning more about biotechnology careers.  Learning Undefeated is currently enrolling for the Cohort Two, Emerging Leaders in Biotech + Cyber beginning on November 2, 2021.  Click on the link below to learn more information

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Featured Scientist:

Lonnie Johnson

Inventor/Nuclear Engineer

Lonnie Johnson is an inventor and nuclear engineer that many students didn't realize they already knew...well his most famous invention at least! Not long after being born on October 6, 1949, Mr. Johnson showed an inkling towards a life in STEM, often times at the expense of his family's possessions. As a child, the future inventor began taking apart and reverse engineering various items in his house to learn their ins and outs and used old parts to create his very first inventions. Mr. Johnson created his own go-kart using a lawn mower and won his first inventing award when he created a compressed-air powered robot while still in high school! Mr. Johnson attended Tuskegee University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering. From there, he moved on to a career in the air force, working in jet propulsion projects such as the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Mars Observer project, and the Saturn missile project...all very important accomplishments. But what is he most known for you ask? Well the Super Soaker water gun! Yes, this brilliant inventor and engineer is the source of many a child's summertime fun! To learn more about this amazing man, please click the link below!

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Monthly Challenge Activity

Nothing embodies Fall more than the beautiful explosion of color seen on many of the trees that surround us.  As temperatures drop and the amount of daylight decreases daily, trees no longer produce enough sugar to sustain their leaves and slowly the chlorophyll (the substance that makes the leaves green) breaks down and what is left behind are the various fall pigments that make our trees look so beautiful.  Unfortunately, this only lasts so long as cooler, dryer temperatures cause the trees to shed their leaves before winter begins.  The amount of time the trees stay colorful often depends on how much moisture and how quickly the temperatures change, making predicting when they will change color and when they eventual fall a bit difficult!  To learn more, visit the NOAA: SciJinks page!

In the short window we have left with our very colorful trees, we challenge you to try a very exciting lab: A Myriad of Colors: Fall Leaf Chromatography!  If you have the materials, you can do this right at home, but before you do...especially you elementary schoolers...make sure you have an adult present to help you with all of the steps and take safety precautions like wearing Goggles and being sure to handle hot water with care.  Safety tips have been outlined for you in bold yellow on the lab sheet!  Send any pictures of your products to James_Brameyer@mcpsmd.org.

Science News for Students

Founded in 2003, Science News for Students is a free, award-winning online publication published by the Society for Science dedicated to providing age-appropriate science news to learners, parents and educators.

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Science Spotlights: Summer Camp Addition!