Curriculum Overview

Science    [sahyuh ns]
(noun) 1.  Systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation. 2. Learning how things work and why. This is science, too. 3. Using fun to learn.  This is how you “do” science.


St. James Cathedral School


Trimester Availability: 6th (ALL), 7th & 8th (3rd Only)
Teacher: Mrs. Laura Schendel

SYLLABUS: Students will participate in multiple hands on lessons created by Project Learning Tree which will develop awareness for the importance of environmental protection and the impact humans have on their local environment.

We will go out and create our own map of the area to determine the best location for a picture post. Students will assemble the materials for the post and help with the installation. You will create the signs and QR codes to be attached to the post. There will be an on-going need to monitor the photos that are taken at this location.

As part of our development of understanding the ecology of freshwater lakes, we will collect water quality data and make detailed counts of species diversity at the lake. After researching the impact of urban parks, we will set a goal about what type of change we will monitor.

Students will learn what Citizen Science is by participating in a beetle watching project. You will learn to use a compass and relate that to GPS technology. This project has long-term educational value as students become part of a long-term look at the environment at Lake Eola. It also exposes them to field techniques and STEM careers.


Trimester Availability: 6th (ALL), 7th & 8th (3rd Only)
Teacher: OSC Certified Instructor

SYLLABUS: The Orlando Science Center has been a community resource for over 55 years and understands the important role a science center can play in keeping children engaged in STEM areas. Each week, the Orlando Science Center (OSC) will be on campus to present and facilitate exciting and fun hands-on classes covering a wide variety of topics.

Below are a few of the classes coming to you:

Forensics: become a crime scene investigator–match ink samples with chromatography, identify mystery unknowns by their physical and chemical properties, learn blood-typing techniques, and create sketches of a suspect using facial composite computer software.

Chemistry: students will separate substances from mixtures, investigate the identity of unknown chemical compounds, and combine chemicals to cause colors to change, temperatures to rise and fall, and solutions to foam and fizz.

Biology: get up close with living things in BioLab to discover chemical changes that occur within plants during photosynthesis and cellular respiration