Global warming. Stem cells. Nuclear and alternative energy.
The most important challenges of our day demand scientific understanding. Yet less than 30 percent of Americans qualify as scientifically literate.
We believe that every Dearborn graduate needs to know how to think like a scientist. Scientific literacy is a requirement for large sectors of the Massachusetts workforce because technology, engineering, healthcare and life sciences dominate so much of the state economy. Scientific literacy also helps people be smarter consumers when it comes to the products and services they buy. It helps them make better decisions as citizens voting for those who would shape public policy on the environment, healthcare and scientific research. And the ability to think scientifically along with some knowledge of biology can help everyone make better healthcare choices for themselves and their families.
In short, you could say that science can save you money, save your life—and save the world!
What You'll Learn
Science classes are held 4 times a week for 45-minutes. Frequently students participate in labs that provide the opportunity for hands-on learning and field work. Most sciences classes have homework assignments twice a week. Ninth and tenth graders study life sciences, juniors focus on earth science, and seniors study physics.
BiologyIn Dearborn's biology classes we study everything from the smallest genes to vast habitats. You'll learn about DNA, create models of cells and take a close look at real animal specimens to understand their physiology. Annelid worms, transfer RNA, chicken bones, human physiology, Golgi apparatus, photosynthesis—you'll know all about these when you're done. The two year biology curriculum rotates through Plant and Animal Sciences, Anatomy and population dynamics. Expect debates on important topics such as stem cells and genetically modified foods
Do you know your igneous rocks from your metamorphic ones? Geology is part of our Earth Science program, along with topics such as meteorology, land use, and alternative energy sources. Earth science will get you thinking about issues like global warming and Cape Wind. Students develop different methods of inquiry through rock identification labs, controlled field study outdoors, and Internet research. Students learn the physical and environmental connections to the world around them, develop areas of expertise, and share their discoveries through oral and visual presentations.
PhysicsPhysics focuses on forces, motion, and energy. As you can imagine, it's hard to do this sitting down, so students spend a lot of time out of their seats exploring Newton’s Law of motion in labs and projects. With each activity, our goal is to make the formulas students are learning come to life through observation measurement, and analysis. Everyone has their "eureka" moment when the abstract ideas in a text book suddenly collide with real object in the real world.
We hope that if you come to Dearborn, you'll be open to asking good questions and then really figuring out the answers. Studying science can be exciting and rewarding, if you find a way to let yourself have fun and are willing to experiment.
One thing for certain is that you will get a chance to work some interesting projects. Like a hovercraft...
For Dearborn Academy course descriptions, please download the course catalog.