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Introduction

Aims of Science in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

The aims of all MYP subjects state what a teacher may expect to teach and what a student may expect to experience and learn. These aims suggest how the student may be changed by the learning experience.
 
The aims of MYP sciences are to encourage and enable students to:
  • understand and appreciate science and its implications
  • consider science as a human endeavor with benefits and limitations
  • cultivate analytical, inquiring and flexible minds that pose questions, solve problems, construct explanations and judge arguments
  • develop skills to design and perform investigations, evaluate evidence and reach conclusions
  • build an awareness of the need to effectively collaborate and communicate
  • apply language skills and knowledge in a variety of real-life contexts
  • develop sensitivity toward the living and non-living environments
  • reflect on learning experiences and make informed choices
  • are able to interpret charts and analyze data
  • are able to apply mathematical principles in a scientific setting
  • are able to measure length, mass, volume (metric understanding)
  • demonstrate ability to work independently and cooperatively in a laboratory setting
  • complete regularly assigned homework and class work

Courses

Integrated Sciences 7

In the Integrated Sciences 7 classes, students will explore topics using the scientific method and scientific equipment in a laboratory setting, which includes studies of ecology, physical science, and chemistry. Students will develop the following skills and attitudes to be successful in this course: reading ability, vocabulary acquisition, writing laboratory reports, applying mathematics to examine data and organizational skills to follow directions and complete assignments. Students will also continue to learn how to work with scientific equipment independently and cooperatively in a laboratory setting.

Integrated Sciences 8

In Integrated Sciences 8 classes, students will explore Earth science, physical science, genetics, evolution, and scientific measurement. Students will continue to develop their reading ability and will learn how to write more advanced laboratory reports. Students are expected to apply mathematical operations and to examine scientific data. Students should be able to apply what they have learned to real world situations.