This class explores the Life Science portion of the Science Olympiad. Students will learn about topics related to microbiology and anatomy, preparing them for the Microbe Mission, Disease Detectives, and Anatomy & Physiology events. The Science Olympiad events promote hands-on experimentation through inquiry and will provide a foundation of basic principles of the scientific process, laboratory techniques, computer simulations, and scientific writing. This experience will foster an understanding of the methods of scientific investigation and further develop scientific minds.


Here is the class outline:

1. Lesson 1: DNA & Cells

Students learn about basic DNA and cell structure.

2. Lesson 2: Microbe Mission

Students learn about pathogens and the diseases they cause.

3. Lesson 3: Epidemiology

Students are introduced to the transmission of infectious diseases.

4. Lesson 4: Food Borne Illnesses

Students focus on diseases transmitted through food and water.

5. Lesson 5: Disease Detectives

Students learn about non-infectious diseases and apply their epidemiology knowledge.

6. Lesson 6: Immune System

Students learn about the immune system and design their first experiment.

7. Lesson 7: Lungs & Heart

Students collect data bout the lungs and heart.

8. Lesson 8: Bones & Muscles

Students collect data about the skeleton and muscles.

9. Lesson 9: Digestion & Excretion

Students learn about the digestive system and complete a dissection.

10. Lesson 10: Skin & Presentations

Students learn about skin and create posters for their final presentations.