Introduction

Experimental Biology promotes curiosity and ingenuity, and will provide a foundational understanding of basic biological principles, laboratory techniques, and experiment design. This experience will foster an understanding of the methods of scientific investigation and further develop scientific minds. Through this course students will be expected to plan and perform experiments, write formal laboratory reports, analyze data and account for errors in the lab, and complete a presentation to communicate their results.

Lessons

Here is the class outline:

1. Lesson 1: Characteristics of Life

Students learn how biologists define Life and design their first experiment.

2. Lesson 2: Cells

Students learn about cell structures and continue their experiment.

3. Lesson 3: Genetics

Students learn about how genes are inherited and how genotypes result in phenotypes.

4. Lesson 4: Macroevoltion

Students learn about the principles of natural selection and how they apply to birds.

5. Lesson 5: Biomes

Students learn about the characteristics of various land and water biomes and design a unique species.

6. Lesson 6: Microevolution

Students learn about genetic drift and other ways that alleles can change.

7. Lesson 7: Classification

Students learn how scientists organize organisms based on similarities and evolutionary relationships.

8. Lesson 8: Animal Behavior

Students learn about simple and complex behaviors that occur in the animal kingdom.

9. Lesson 9: Senses

Students learn about human senses and work on their individual experiment.

10. Lesson 10: Science Fair & Final Presentations

Students present science fair posters of their individual experiments.