6th gr with scopes
NOVA teaches students how to best leverage scientific methods for in-depth study of biology, physics, and environmental sciences. Students are introduced to scientific processes and integrating scientific literature with the analysis of test data to 

cultivate actionable findings.  Furthermore NOVA’s science faculty works with students to develop skills to best communicate findings.

Like NOVA’s Mathematics program, the Science experience spotlights the role of science in modern global society, leading students to understand the value of principles relating to the development of solutions to real-world problems. Using an inquiry-based methodolgy, students develop an understanding of complex scientific processes. With lab-based experimentation, team analysis and other investigational tools students explore case studies that reflect contemporary science issues. The case study approach provides an authentic venue for integrating science with the complexity of culture, ethics and the social sciences.




6th grade students focus on Earth and Space Science as the vehicle to learn lab skills and scientific methodology. Taught by Lara Tukarski, topics introduce students to the Earth science utilizing the regional environment as case studies. Local scientific debates, such as “should Capitol Lake be returned to an estuary?” are examined from all sides using scientific testing as a basis for solution analysis.


7th and 8th grade students work in teams with David Campbell to study Biology one year and Physical Science the alternate year. Students in these classes work at a high level of science inquiry, developing sufficient scientific understanding, background knowledge and laboratory skills to address solutions for current issues involving environmental, business and political ramifications, such as  “what is Ebola and how can it be addressed?” and “should trans fats be banned? What other fats could be used in place of trans fats that would have similar properties of shelf life, texture, etc.?”




After building replicas of the Ebola virus, Mr. Campbell and his
students discuss possibilities for containing the epidemic in Africa.