Highlighting the SCIENCE in STEM

By: Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
The Science Department is a vital part of our STEM program at St. Joseph’s Academy. The goal of the Science Department’s curriculum is to encourage our students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) from freshman through senior year. Students at SJA consistently use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, probe ware, and data and graphing analysis software in conjunction with their laptops to investigate principles and develop their knowledge and mastery of science. Inquiry-based labs and direct manipulation of biological specimens are also used as STEM learning endeavors.

Science Statistics for the Class of 2019

Total Number of Science Credits
95% will graduate with more than the 3 credits required
86% will graduate with 4 or more science credits
27% will graduate with 5 or more science credits
8% will graduate with more than 5 science credits

Number of Honors Science Credits
86% will graduate with 1 or more honors science credits
58% will graduate with 2 or more honors science credits
38% will graduate with 3 or more honors science credits
23% will graduate with 4 or more honors science credits

Number of AP/ACC/ACP College Level Science Credits
83 % will graduate with 1 or more AP/ACC/ACP College level science credits
22 % will graduate with 2 AP/ACC/ACP College Level science credits
 
Science courses are the most often taken elective courses at SJA. The vast majority of our students graduate with more than the required 3 credits, with many taking 5 or 6 credits in science. There are currently 4 college level science courses offered and 83% of the current senior class will have completed one of these AP/ACC or ACP science courses.
 
Science Course Sequence (three credits are required for graduation)

Freshman
SC 505 Biology or SC 510 Honors Biology

Sophomore
SC 505 Biology or SC 510 Honors Biology or SC 520 Chemistry or SC 530 Honors Chemistry

Electives:
SC 568 Engineering Methods
SC 570 Independent Research

Junior
SC 520 Chemistry or SC 530 Honors Chemistry or SC 534 Physics or
SC 535 Honors Physics

Electives:
SC 545 Human Anatomy
SC 546 Zoology
SC 547 Genetics
SC 549 Geology
SC 563 Marine Science
565 ACC/Forensic
SC 568 Engineering Methods
SC 571 Indep. Research
SC/TBD AP/ACP Chemistry (Planned for 2019-2020)
 
Senior Electives
SC 534 Physics
SC 535 Honors Physics
SC 540 AP/ACC Physics
SC 545 Human Anatomy
SC 546 Zoology
SC 547 Genetics
SC 549 Geology
SC 550 ACP Anatomy and Physiology
SC 563 Marine Science
SC 565 ACC Forensic Science
SC 566 Engineering Design Applications
SC 567 AP/ACP Biology
SC 568 Engineering Methods
SC 572 Indep. Research
SC/TBD AP/ACP Chemistry (Planned for 2019-2020)

Three units of lab science are required for graduation. Beginning with the Class of 2022, these required units will be met by taking Biology in the freshman year, Chemistry in the sophomore year and Physics in the junior year. The majority of our students graduate with 4 or more science credits with some students earning 5.5 or 6 credits in science by doubling up during junior and senior year.

Science Course Highlights
Please see the photos and information at the right for updates on our science courses.
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    • SC 505 Biology and SC 510 Honors Biology students have been learning about how biologists carry out their work. In the photo to the right, they are setting up and recording data on the effect of household chemicals on the growth of bacteria.

    • The Biology students have also been learning about the characteristics of living things. Here students are studying the variety of living things and deciding what makes something alive.

    • SC 530 Honors Chemistry students have been learning about the composition, properties and reactions of the different types of matter which exist in our world. Here they are observing a chemical reaction between Aluminum metal and Copper Chloride in solution.

    • SC 520 Chemistry students have been learning about the different states in which matter can exist. Mrs. Stephanie Carpenter did a demonstration to encourage critical thinking by her students by showing them how air displaces water.

    • SC 534 Physics students have been studying the laws of motion using the Sphero robotic balls.

    • AP Biology students have been learning about the important work that is carried out by scientists. Dr. Ruth Kaggwa, from the Danforth Plant Sciences Center, introduced the AP Biology students to the Mutant Millets Project (in which they will be participating) which studies the drought resistance of different varieties of millet, a crop plant.

    • AP Biology students have also been learning to work like scientists. They are shown here designing, building and implementing experiments to see if pill bug behavior is directed (taxis) or movement more by chance (kinesis). They are also using Chi Square analysis to determine if the results are statistically significant.

St. Joseph’s Academy is a private, Catholic high school for girls in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our mission is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.

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