Mad Science

Welcome to the Bear Valley Science page!

We're just getting started, so check back with us from time to time to see what's new. We'll keep updating the page as BV students and their science teachers making news.

Bear Valley Middle School participated in the recent Regional Science Olympiad. You can read about it in the North County Times here.

If you want to get a taste of the days activities, view this movie.

What do we study?

6th Grade - Introduction to the Earth Sciences

The sixth grade science course provides students with an understanding of the general concepts of earth science.  Students study the structure and composition of the earth including the earth’s atmosphere, oceans, surface waters, landmasses and interior.  Students investigate the dynamics of the earth’s changing surface and the role that energy plays in earth systems.  Students learn how the earth’s ecological systems support life through environmental relationships and natural cycles.  Students develop an understanding of ecological resources and wildlife conservation.  Students relate the flow of matter and energy within an ecosystem. Through “hands-on” investigation, students learn to conduct scientific investigations, think scientifically, and use scientific tools and technologies.  Students learn to communicate scientific information and processes, and understand how developments in science and technology affect society and the environment.  The depth and breadth of concepts are determined by course length.

7th Grade - Introduction to the Life Sciences

Now is an exciting time for the study of life sciences. Knowledge of biological systems is expanding rapidly, and the development of new technologies has led to major advances in medicine, agriculture, and environmental management. A foundation in modern biological sciences, with an emphasis on molecular biology, is essential for students who will become public school science teachers, college and university science professors and researchers, and specialists in technological fields.

Another definitive reason for a focus on life science in grade seven is the students own biological and behavioral transition into early adolescence. Young adolescents make decisions that may have an enormous influence on their lives. The study of life science provides a knowledge base on which adolescents can make well-informed and wise decisions about their health and behavior. The relevance of the curriculum to students lives helps students to maintain an interest in science and to expand their knowledge of the natural sciences.

8th Grade - Introduction to Middle School Physical Sciences

Students in grade eight study topics in physical sciences, such as motion, forces, and the structure of matter, by using a quantitative, mathematically based approach similar to the procedures they will use in high school. Earth, the solar system, chemical reactions, the chemistry of biological processes, the periodic table, and density and buoyancy are additional topics that will be treated with increased mathematical rigor, again in anticipation of high school courses. Students should begin to grasp four concepts that help to unify physical sciences: force and energy; the law of conservation; atoms, molecules, and the atomic theory; and kinetic theory. Those concepts serve as important organizers that will be required as students continue to learn science. Although much of the science called for in the standards is considered classical" physics and chemistry, it should provide a powerful basis for understanding modern science and serve students as well as adults.
The San Diego Supercomputer Center, at the University of California, San Diego, presents an exciting new workshop for middle school students in grades 6 - 8 as part of our focus on beginning computer programming. UCSD Middle School Computer Science Workshop Introduction to Computer Programming: Let’s Learn MIT’s SCRATCH! Click here for all the details!