Phone: 715-345-5413 (Ben Franklin), 715-345-5422 (PJ Jacobs)
Degrees and Certifications:
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I have been teaching science in the Stevens Point School District since 2000.
The courses I teach are:
Seventh grade general science:
Seventh grade science is a year in which all the science disciplines are taught. The year schedule flows through the multiple disciplines. Students will be making observations that lead to investigations using the scientific method throughout the entire year. Students are reacquainted with measuring and recording data using the metric system in which they then apply to the study of Density, Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, Chemistry, Earth science, the quest and study of Energy sources and forms, environmental science, and finally the year culminates with Life science.
The curriculum is taught with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) emphasis so embedded within each unit are real life, relevant, critical thinking problem solving projects in which students can apply their newly learned science concepts and vocabulary. Problems are solved using mathematical equations that help analyze, evaluate, and use evidence to help the students make and support their conclusions from the unit’s investigations. Some of the projects include but are not limited to: marble roll, youtube videos, bioreactors, fast plants, and the energy and environmental solution project.
Ninth grade Principles of Biomedical Science:
In this introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person, While investigating the case, students will examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person's life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems.