Global Village science education for middle school over three years is based on both the Colorado Academic Standards for Science and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which adds Engineering Design to Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth [and Space] Systems Science. While Global Village is not a STEM school, we take these areas of study seriously. The focus of science based on NGSS include:
- Physical Science, which includes the following topics: Structure and Properties of Matter, Chemical Reactions, Forces and Motion and Types of interactions; Definitions of Energy, Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer, the Relationship between Energy and Forces, and Energy in Chemical Process and Everyday Life; and Wave Properties, Electromagnetic Radiation, and Information Technologies and Instrumentation.
- Life Science, which includes the following topics: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes; Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Relationships in Ecosystems; Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits; and Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity.
- Earth and Space Systems Science, which includes the following topics: Space Systems, History of Earth, Earth’s Interior Systems, Earth’s Surface Systems, Weather and Climate, and Human Impacts.
- Engineering Design, which includes the following:
- Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
- Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
- Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
- Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.