The Flow of Matter and Energy Through the Biosphere

STEM | Science Required
Grade: 8

This course examines the transfer of matter and energy through ecosystems, both in the field and in the laboratory. Students explore the ecological structure and composition of a nearby forest and pond ecosystem and delve into the complex dynamics of the biotic and abiotic world, including food webs, nutrient cycles, and species interactions. The physical earth section explores rocks and minerals, the processes that shape the planet, and the geologic history of the earth. Students examine the physical aspects of energy and matter transfer, and the topics of magnetism, electricity, and the nature of light. Finally, students will study botany, focusing on plant parts and their functions.


Len Whitaker
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