Category Archives: Science

Cognitive Psychology & Neurodiversity  (Cherrise)

In this class we will explore and examine cognitive psychology which is the study of how humans perceive the world and navigate in it (problem solving, attention, decision making, and perception). We will also be talking in depth about neurodiversity, the challenges, strengths, societal structures that influence the lives of neurodivergent individuals.

What Darwin Didn’t Know, The Modern Science of Evolution (Scobie)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

What Darwin Didn't Know: The Modern Science of Evolution

This will be a video lecture course delivered by Scott Solomon, PhD of Rice university, and hosted by Scobie, examining many of the core concepts of evolution, and the staggering evidence that has mounted for this fundamental life theory since its inception, from virtually every branch of science.

The 30-minute video lectures are from one of the highest-rated courses in “The Great Courses” series. We’ll watch them together, live in class, so that we can pause for discussion.

If paying close attention to a lecture for 30 minutes puts you to sleep, this is NOT the science course for you!

We will look at several key questions before each lecture. You’ll take notes when you notice a question being addressed, then attempt to answer the key questions directly after the lecture.

Achieving Credit will consist of:

  • an attendance minimum
  • notes for each lecture, taken in a google classroom document, and submitted
  • one modest outside project, to contribute richness to one of the many topics from the lectures.

Climate Optimism (hannah)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

In this interdisciplinary class, we will learn about the current state of the global climate crisis. This class will be a mix of science, English, current events, and project-based learning. 

My objective is for students to come away from this class with more understanding about climate science; knowledge about movements and solutions happening locally and worldwide; and to gain skills and strategies that can be implemented immediately. And – to embody agency, power, and hope. 

Some examples of the type of work in this class: 

  • Reading, analyzing, discussing current articles from major publications about climate solutions
  • Initiating a “green team” at school who could, for example, create and implement a system for our compost and other waste – get a worm bin??
  • Researching local climate solutions and grassroot movements happening in Seattle 
  • Basic science lessons on how and why climate change is happening 
  • Study local Indigenous Science and consider how we might initiate those systems on small and large scales 
  • Learning from visiting speakers who are currently working in the environmental sector