Middle School Science
The Science Department at Boston Trinity Academy works to increase students’ scientific knowledge, while also encouraging them to develop the ability to think critically and creatively. Teachers emphasize the skills and habits that enable students to pursue a more complex understanding of the world around them and develop an inquisitive spirit for collecting data and drawing logical inferences. Students study the latest scientific evidence and theory along with the practical applications that allow them to grow in the Christian principles of working for the common good and being good stewards of the natural world.
All Middle School students take a laboratory science at each grade level. Sixth grade students take Integrated Science – Life Science as an introduction to scientific methods and biology. Seventh grade students take Integrated Science – Chemistry and the Environment as an introduction to atomic structure, reactions, and ecosystems. Eighth grade students take Integrated Science – The Physical Universe. All Middle School science courses include extensive use of well-equipped laboratory facilities.
- Science 6: Life Science
- Science 7: Chemistry and Environmental Science
- Science 8: Physics, Earth, and Space Science
Science 6 is an introduction to the methods of scientists, providing an overview of multiple topics related to basic biology, cells, simple organisms, plants, animals, and ecology. Students connect these topics to related concepts of chemistry, physics, and environmental science. Inquiry-based laboratory projects and computer activities are used to help students understand the scientific concepts, while igniting their curiosity.
Science 7 introduces students to the physical and biological forces that govern chemical reactions and the environment. Topics include atomic structure, states of matter, classification of chemical reactions, gas laws, and mixtures. Topics in environmental science include earth science, ecosystem organization, biomes, and human impact on the environment. Students learn to reason scientifically as they further explore methods of observation and inference during engaging laboratory exercises and fieldwork.
Science 8 takes a conceptual approach to physics, and Earth and space science. Topics include forces, fluids, friction, power, sound, the electromagnetic spectrum, planets, and astronomy. Students enhance their understanding of physical laws and theories by making connections with human biology, mechanics, and engineering. Students engage in more advanced laboratory activities such as building self-propelled vehicles, designing musical instruments, and utilizing technology for data acquisition.