Introduction

This course is designed for students in grades 3-4 that completed Young Scientists and Engineers 4 in Winter 2018. The 10-week long session introduces topics in forensics and physics. The topics for each lesson are approximately one to two grade levels ahead of the science taught in school. Classes are structured as a half an hour of lecture and one and a half hours of lab. The lab for each class always involves hands-on experimentation or building activities.

Young Scientists and Engineers 4 Syllabus

Course Overview

This course is designed for students in grades 3-4 that completed Young Scientists and Engineers 4 in Winter 2019. The 10-week long session introduces topics in forensics and physics. The topics for each lesson are approximately one to two grade levels ahead of the science taught in school. Classes are structured as a half an hour of lecture and one and a half hours of lab. The lab for each class always involves hands-on experimentation or building activities.

 

Course Materials

  • A notebook or notebook paper
  • Pencil
  • An open mind ready to learn science!

 

Resources

  • Ardent Academy E-Learning website

 

Course Schedule

The topic for each week will be disclosed about one day before class on the Ardent Academy E-Learning website. The specific topics of every class will not be announced at the beginning of the session, as this is Ardent Academy’s policy.

Spring 2019 Schedule:

Week Sun
1 3/3/19
2 3/10/19
3 3/17/19
4 3/24/19
5 3/31/19
BREAK 4/7/19
6 4/14/19
7 4/21/19
8 4/28/19
9 5/5/19
10 5/12/19

 

Homework Policy

Homework is estimated to take about thirty minutes to one hour to complete for each week. Homework is expected to be turned in at the beginning of class or online, depending on the assignment. There is no penalty for late assignments, but it is recommended that students stay on top of the homework, since it will continuously accumulate. Please note that this class is project based, and the homework will mainly be centered around the project. The projects will be due the classes of Week 5 and Week 10 of the session. On these days of class, each student will present their project to the front of the class and parents are invited to attend the presentations.

 

Grading Policy

Parents and students are responsible for checking their grades online on the E-Learning website. Grades will be visible one week after it has been turned in, and will be returned to the student in class. If there are any issues regarding how an assignment has been graded, parents and students can talk to the instructor, Ms. Jenny, during office hours.

 

Session Topics

Week

Topic

1

Magnetism

2

Waves

3

Light

4

Sound

5

Instruments Projects and Presentations

6

Fingerprinting & Handwriting Analysis

7

Collecting Evidence

8

Impressions

9

Prints

10

Forensics Projects

 

Office Hours

Students may attend office hours if the homework was particularly difficult or if there were discrepancies during the lecture. Students will work with the instructor, Ms. Jenny. Office hours is also a time where students can make up the lab if they were absent the previous week. Parents and students can also meet with the instructor to discuss student’s performance in the class.

 

Class Announcements

The instructor will be primarily using the E-Learning website to communicate with individual students and the entire class. The instructor will contact the class through announcements on E-Learning, which will alert the email on the E-Learning account. Therefore, please frequently check your email and E-Learning for updates about the class. An individual message on E-Learning will alert the email account as a message, instead of an announcement.

 

Absent Policy

It is important that the parent or student contact the instructor before a student’s absence as early as possible. The student will be exempt from the lab worksheet, but they may complete a shorter version of the lab during office hours. This is not mandatory, but recommended. Once it is confirmed that the student will attend office hours, the instructor will send the PowerPoint slides, and the student should read over them to prepare for the lab. Any questions about the lecture material can be directed to the instructor or TA during office hours. Homework should still be completed.

 

Additional Information

Any questions or concerns about the overview of the class should be directed to instructor’s email: jenny.lee@ardentacademy.com