Grades 8 and 9

For students entering 8th or 9th grade; Students may take one, two or three classes.

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The Right Stuff: From the Earth to the Moon

Class 1801 (Evan Moore)

Join us as we delve into the science behind space travel with activities about propulsion, launch angles, and very basic methods of rocketry needed to leave Earth’s atmosphere. We'll learn about the Apollo missions and what they accomplished, then devise our own mission to the Moon. We’ll also discuss how political tension between the United States and the Soviet Union led to the Cold War, and launched a Space Race, and how that space exploration played a part in the two countries' complex relationship. We’ll wrap up the week with the question “Where do we go from here?” Get ready to go boldly go where no one has gone before!

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Truth or Consequences

Class 1802 (Mary Jane Sterling)

Trying to win an argument? You can create your own statistics, but you have to use math to do it honestly. Trying to win that game? You can take chances, but you have to use math to get the best results. In this class, you’ll learn about various topics that are covered in a high school statistics course, including probability, randomness, experimental design, and standard deviation. You’ll see how you can use probability to increase your chances of winning at games. An understanding of algebra is helpful but not necessary you just have to like numbers!

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice

Class 1803 (Dr. Juan Rios Vega)

Social justice in education demands equity for all students. Student diversity includes the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, religious and spiritual beliefs, class, age, color, sexual orientation, disability, immigrant status, and national origin. We’ll combine writing and technology to explore these topics. As a class, we’ll reflect on social issues through critical dialogues, writing skills, and digital storytelling to increase our empathy and responsibility as global citizens.