Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required
Prerequisites: Completion of grade 5 math
Course Format: Individually paced
Course Length: Typically 3 months
Recommended School Credit: One-half academic year
Course Code: LIF
CTY Online Programs’ middle school science series includes individually paced Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science courses. Students who are interested in scientific inquiry, problem solving, and critical thinking are engaged through a vibrant online environment with graphics, animations, video, real-time feedback, activities, projects, and tests. Students apply knowledge and reinforce concepts learned in the lessons with “real world” interactive applications that build critical thinking and reinforce skills. The content in the middle school science series correlates to state and national curriculum standards and draws on software provided by Edmentum.
The first three units of the course deal with the study of all types of living organisms, such as microorganisms, plants, animals, and humans. The field focuses on their organization and life processes. It begins with the basic unit of life—the cell. Students discover how cells build up tissues, organs, and systems. In addition, they study the growth and development processes of different organisms and see how genes are responsible for the traits of organisms. They also explore natural selection and artificial selection and their effects on the genetic traits of organisms. In the last three units of the course, students learn how life evolved on Earth. They analyze fossil data to determine the evidence it provides about evolution; they study ecosystems, the flow of energy in an ecosystem, and the various relationships in an ecosystem. In addition, students discover the interdependence that is present in all ecosystems.
Unit 1: Cells
Unit 2: The Life Cycle
Unit 3: Genes
Unit 4: Evolution
Unit 5: Energy Flow in Ecosystems
Unit 6: The Interdependence of Ecosystems
There are no required materials for this course.
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course requires that the student use a web browser with the Adobe Flash plugin. Note that many tablets and handhelds (particularly the iPad) do not support Flash and cannot view the lessons.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.
This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.
While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.
"Fabulous course! The content is informative and appropriately challenging for this age level, well-organized and interesting. I think my daughter liked the experiments the best. I anticipate that she will also take the Biology and Chemistry courses in the future. Thank you!"
"The instructor was extremely positive and attentive. We especially loved her interactive 'question of the week' which challenged my son to do his own scientific research and inspired discussions about how science is applied to real life at our dinner table. Excellent course."
"The instructor is truly outstanding. She had a tremendously positive impact on my son. In addition to helping him build a richer understanding of the course material, she helped him to further develop self-confidence and determination."