Science, Psychology, Computers


Lego Engineering - Instructor: Mrs. Stacie Frank  - Grades 4-6

Students will use advanced LEGO parts to design and engineer motorized machines.  The course covers gears, levers, wheels, axles, structures, forces and simple machines.  Students will also building machines to challenge other students in competitions.  Hands on learning will be the main focus of the class.

Do to the high volume of students who register for this class, we are offering this class at two different times. 


Advanced Lego Engineering - Instructor: Mrs. Stacie Frank - Grades 6-8

(completion of LEGO Engineering is recommended but not required)

 Students will be promoting their fundamental STEM understanding and exploring design engineering with more advanced machines, mechanisms, structures, and forces by using pumps, tubes, cylinders, valves, air tank, a manometer, and motors. Students will learn about and understand gas-powered systems while investigating the components that comprise the systems, measuring pressure in psi and bar, and exploring kinetic and potential energy.


Fun with Creation Science  - Instructor: Mrs. Leah Adams - Grades 4-6 - 2018-2019

These stand alone science classes are on a four year rotation schedule.  More information will be coming regarding the Fun with Creation Science.

Fun with Creation Science (Gr. 4-6)

Instructor:  Mrs. Adams  (Dragonfly717@msn.com)

Exploring creation is an exciting adventure that will give us a peek into the wonders of our awesome God.  Studying any science helps us learn more about God and appreciate His power and greatness.  In this class, we will search for knowledge and truth about the origin of life on Earth by examining multiple theories and discussing why all but one of these proposed explanations have no valid basis.

We will be working from the text entitled Christian Kids Explore Creation Science, written by Robert W. Ridlon, Jr. and Elizabeth J Ridlon.  The text and a teacher created resource are required and will be available for purchase from the HERO bookstore.

2018=2019 - Fun with Creation Science

2019-2020 - Fun with Physics

2020-2021 - Fun with Chemistry

2021-2022 - Fun with Biology


Answers in Genesis: -  Heat and Energy  -  Instructor: Mrs. Leah Adams - Grades 4-6     2018-2019

This stand alone science classes are on a two year rotation schedule.  More information will be coming regarding Heat and Energy.

Answers in Genesis:  Heat & Energy (Gr. 4-6)

Instructor:  Mrs. Adams  (Dragonfly717@msn.com)

This year we will be learning about the many kinds of energy that power our lives.  From fossil fuels to nuclear power plants, we will discover how God provided for all of our energy needs on planet Earth.

Throughout our study we will learn more about God and His awesome creation.  No study of science would be complete without acknowledging and praising the power and greatness that spoke it into being.

We will be working from the textbook:  God’s Design for the Physical World:  Heat & Energy   (4th  Edition).  This is an Answers in Genesis text written by Debbie and Richard Lawrence.   A teacher supplement/folder is also required.  Both items will be available for purchase from the HERO bookstore.

2018-2019 - Heat and Energy

2019-2020 - Geology

2020-2021 - 

Instructor:  Mrs. Adams(Dragonfly717@msn.com)


Introduction to Equine Studies- Instructor: Mrs. Russ - Grades 3-5

A literature and lap book based approach to everything equine! Join other horse enthusiasts as this year long study includes reading together the classic stories; Misty of Chincoteague semester 1, and Black Beauty semester 2. In-depth discussions will along with the construction of a detailed lap book on horses. Vocabulary, the health & care of equines, and riding techniques will be discussed. Homework during the year includes additional reading/research with a report/class presentation. Puzzles, brain twisters and games will help students retain their horse-powered knowledge! Materials needed: *Workbook and (2) file folders supplied/purchased through HERO, glue, scissors, colored markers/pencils


 Equestrian Science - Instructor: Mrs. Goldade - Grades 6-8

Equine Studies is geared to middle schoolers who already have a basic understanding of horses.  This course delves deeply into horse physiology, anatomy, vet care, health, history, as well as horse events.  This is a hands-on, multi-sensory course. There is weekly homework related to the topic.  Each semester includes both a literature and research component, with a written paper and science display.


Rainbow Science, Two Year Curriculum

Part I - Instructor: Ms. Erica Woytcke  - Grades 7-9

Course Description: Rainbow Science is a two-year curriculum covering Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Applied Sciences (Earth, Atmospheric, Structural, Hydraulic, etc.).  The textbook The Rainbow is a two year book.  The first half of the text (physics and chemistry) is covered during Rainbow Science Part I and the second half of the book is covered during Rainbow Science Part II.  It is priced at ($100- (two years) but is often times available at a used price on the internet.  The text has wonderful, colored pictures that help students understand the concepts.  It is written well for a student to understand and it often tries to be humorous.  Students will do labs together in class and have an assignment weekly from the textbook.  Students will complete an average of two sections of reading and questions per week with a take home quiz every other week.  Students need to purchase a lab manual and a textbook (available through HERO).  Students will also need copies of quizzes and tests (available at HER0)  We will complete weekly labs in class together.  Rainbow Science Part 1 (the first half of the text) can be considered a credit of physical science on a high school transcript.  Rainbow Science Part 2 (the second half of the book) is considered an Intro to Biology Class.  There is a lab fee per semester to cover the materials.  This fee will be added to your invoice.

Supplies needed for this course:   Bring these materials to class each Monday

  • Textbook – The Rainbow by Durell C. Dobbins, Ph.D.

  • Lab Book (one lab book for Year 1 and one for Year 2)

  • Student tests and quizzes (available at HERO)

  • Three ring binder with loose paper or a notebook with folder dedicated just to this class

  • Pencils and erasers


Rainbow Science, Two Year Curriculum

Part II - Instructor: Ms. Erica Woytcke - Grades 7-9

Course Description: Rainbow Science is a two-year curriculum covering Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Applied Sciences (Earth, Atmospheric, Structural, Hydraulic, etc.).  The textbook The Rainbow is a two year book.  The first half of the text (physics and chemistry) is covered during Rainbow Science Part I and the second half of the book is covered during Rainbow Science Part II.  It is priced at ($100- (two years) but is often times available at a used price on the internet.  The text has wonderful, colored pictures that help students understand the concepts.  It is written well for a student to understand and it often tries to be humorous.  Students will do labs together in class and have an assignment weekly from the textbook.  Students will complete an average of two sections of reading and questions per week with a take home quiz every other week.  Students need to purchase a lab manual and a textbook (available through HERO).  Students will also need copies of quizzes and tests (available at HER0)  We will complete weekly labs in class together.  Rainbow Science Part 1 (the first half of the text) can be considered a credit of physical science on a high school transcript.  Rainbow Science Part 2 (the second half of the book) is considered an Intro to Biology Class.  There is a lab book and a teacher binder that will need to be purchased at HERO.

Supplies needed for this course:   Bring these materials to class each Monday

  • Textbook – The Rainbow by Durell C. Dobbins, Ph.D.

  • Lab Book (one lab book for Year 1 and one for Year 2)

  • Student tests and quizzes (available at HERO)

  • Three ring binder with loose paper or a notebook with folder dedicated just to this class

  • Pencils and erasers


Apologia General Science - Instructor: Mrs. Hoehl - Grades 7-8

Apologia General Science, grades 7-8

Instructor: Wanda Hoehl

This year long survey course introduces the student to basic concepts in science. The course includes both in class and at home labs, and a week’s worth of homework is assigned in each class. The student should plan to spend at least an hour a day in study. Basic math skills are sufficient for this class. Class time emphasis is on reviewing concepts, labs, demonstrations, and questions. Topics covered: a brief history of science, scientific inquiry, analyzing and interpreting experiments, earth history, and life studies, including an emphasis on the human body.

A bound composition book for recording experiments is required.

Textbook: Exploring Creation with General Science, by Dr. Jay Wile, second edition, published by Apologia Educational Ministries; available through HERO or through AEM


Apologia, Physical Science - Instructor: Mrs. Donell  Frank - Grade 8-9

Apologia, "Exploring Creation with Physical Science," is our textbook.  This is the SECOND edition text. This is a course that covers atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics.  There are many hands on experiments that the students will do in class.  Students will be assigned reading and research to do at home. Textbooks will be available for purchase at the HERO open house.

Physical Science A and Physical Science B are the same class.  This course is offered twice on Mondays to accommodate the large number of students and their schedule.  Please register for one of the class times.  


Apologia, Biology - Instructor: Ms. Erica Woytcke  - Grade 9-10

Textbook: Apologia Educational Ministries, “Exploring Creation with Biology,” second edition

This biology course introduces the student to the methods and concepts of general biology.  It focuses on the scientific method, the five kingdom classification system, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems.  A week’s worth of homework is assigned in each class, and the student should plan to spend at least an hour a day in study. 
A bound composition book for recording experiments is required. 

NOTE:  The Class is offered at two different times on Mondays.

Textbooks will be available for purchase at the HERO book store. 


Biology of Horticulture - Instructor: Mrs. Wanda Hoehl - Grades 9-12

Sometimes you just need to be around plants! They require so little - a bit of soil, a few simple chemicals, and sunshine! But there is a science to how they grow, and this class lays the “ground” work for culturing them! Learn plant classification, function, structure, and physiology, media, soils, nutrients, and fertilization, and how growth is regulated and pests controlled. This course encompasses the practical biology and chemistry of growing plants, as well as a hands on laboratory component. Though horticulture also includes greenhouse management, landscaping, and floral designs, these cannot be covered in a one semester course, and may be offered in the next school year.

Prerequisite: one year of high school biology is recommended


SCI1531 Foundations of Biology, PSEO through Crown College, 4 credits

SCI1531 Foundations of Biology, PSEO through Crown College, 4 credits

Course Assistant: Wanda Hoehl

This course is designed to give insight, appreciation, and understanding of the plant and animal world. Major concepts covered include cellular biology, biochemistry, photosynthesis and respiration, genetics, and embryology. Includes lab requirement. Students must have access to a computer with Windows Vista 7/8 or Mac OSX to complete the coursework. This course fulfills a lab science elective or general elective for students in undergraduate programs. Registration for class is through Crown College.

Textbook: Inquiry Into Life, by Mader, S. S., and Windelspecht, M., 14th edition (2014), New York, NY: McGraw Hill, ISBN 978-0073525525; check Crown Virtual Bookstore


Marine Biology - Instructor:  Charles Crymble  - Grades 10-12     

Learn about the amazing organisms that make their homes in the ocean, and the complex interactions that these creatures have with one another and even land-dwelling creatures.  Upon completion of this course you will see that the oceans play a vital role for all life on earth!


Apologia Chemistry - Instructor: Mrs. Hoehl -  Grades 10 - 12

Discovering Design Through Chemistry, grades 10-12

Instructor: Wanda Hoehl

This two hour year long course is good preparation for first semester college level chemistry. The labs coordinate with the class and investigate practical application of class concepts. Concepts covered in the first semester: measurement and units, laws of matter, atoms and elements, modern view of atoms, covalent compounds and molecular geometry, physical and chemical change, and stoichiometry. Second semester: solutions chemistry, gases, acids and bases, reduction and oxidation, energy transfer, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium.

A calculator and a bound composition book for recording experiments are required.

Prerequisite: At least one year of high school algebra is required, and the student must be able to apply basic algebraic functions.

Textbook: Discovering Design with Chemistry, by Dr. Jay Wile, first edition (2015), published by Berean Builders, Muncie, IN, www.bereanbuilders.com, ISBN 978-0-9962784-6-1; also available through HERO; note that we are not using Apologia


Ecology Science  101 –Through the Christian Perspective  Grades 10-12 - Instructor: Mr. Tischler

Students will learn how humans interact with the environment, and how that environment reacts to us.  Studies will include; historical ecology, water cycles, carbon cycles, weather, renewable energy, pollution and geology.  Participation in outdoor labs for the collection of leaves and plants is required.  Dress to go outside.  There is a heavy emphasis on identifying Minnesota's wildlife.   Students will learn how to identify; fish, mammals, bird and waterfowl common in our state. 

There is a teacher workbook which includes course materials that can be purchased at the HERO bookstore for  $10 per semester.


Forensic Science - Instructor:  Charles Crymble - Grades 5-7 and 8-12

Discover the world of forensic science as we work through the different skills and expertise needed to reconstruct evidence-based events.  Some of the skills learned include evidence collection, evidence analysis, the scientific method, and argument construction.

Students will be required to purchase a textbook for this class.  This textbook can be purchased at HERO.


Apologia Physics - Instructor: Mr. Chuck Crymble- Grades 11-12 - 2018-2019  Mondays 2:30

This is a college preparatory course in the fundamental science of physics.  Physics is explores how everything in the universe works.  Scientific Laws dealing with motion, energy, gravity, optics, electricity and magnetism will be explored in depth through reading, problem solving, and experimentation.  Students should be very comfortable with Algebra and the basic trigonometric functions: sine, cosine, and tangent.   This course is brisk and rigorous.  Successful students must devote 45 min to one hour of every weekday to study and must keep up with reading and assignments.  


Philosophy of Science: Instructor: Mrs. Wanda Hoehl  - Grades 10-12 

Interesting and challenging questions can be found at the interface of science and religion, and sometimes it seems as if science and Christianity are enemies. Even among themselves Christians disagree about what the findings of science mean for faith. Written in a pre-scientific time for an ancient culture, the Bible does not speak directly to all the issues that scientific findings raise, and many questions do not have easy “black and white” answers. This one semester course explores the following relationships between contemporary science and the Christian faith:

Part 1: Science, faith, and the universe - how we know what we know, our underlying presuppositions, development of modern science in Christian Europe, different kinds of truth, scientists’ view of the big bang, limits of science, “God of the gaps,” the multiverse, ways of relating science and faith

Part 2: Creation, evolution, and interpreting Genesis - young earth creationism, intelligent design, progressive creationism, evolutionary creation, literary genres in the Bible and interpretation, different ways Christians interpret Genesis 1, randomness in science, theory of convergence, the problem of physical evil, how human death fits into evolutionary and biblical accounts

Part 3: Evaluating competing hypotheses, and moral choice - Does God exist?, a finite universe, fine tuning, beginnings, what makes you you, what makes you human, emergence in human identity, seeing humans as whole persons, what makes humans different from animals, biblical principles for making decisions, ethical issues, objective moral choice

It is not expected that everyone will agree with everything in this curriculum, and the class takes neither a debate nor a “defend the faith” approach to the philosophical issues – it is not an apologetics class. The emphasis is on developing critical thinking skills to support the student’s own convictions, and respecting (though not necessarily agreeing with) different conclusions. Homework assignments provide the opportunity for the student to think through the material and support conclusions in a rational manner.


Aristotelian Rhetoric - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grade 7-12

Rhetoric is the art and science of discourse, an art that aims to improve the capability of writers or speaker that attempt to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in a specific situation. As a subject of formal study and a productive civic practice, rhetoric has played a central role in the Western tradition. Its best known definition comes from Aristotle, who considers it a counterpart of both logic and politics, and calls it "the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion."

The Rhetoric textbook will be The Power of Persuation by Peter D. Roise. The class will be reading 1 chapter each week and completing Exercises at the end of each chapter. The textbook is based on Rhetorica by Aristotle, and Rhetorica Ad Herennium by Cicero.


Introduction to Psychology and Mental Health - Instructor: Mrs. Hannah Fansler Grades 9-12

“The Brain is wider than the Sky” ~Emily Dickinson~(1830-1886) 

This is a 2-semester course which explores the basics of Psychology: the science of behavior and mental processes. Various perspectives of Psychology will be examined to help reveal the larger picture of what, why, and how humans think and behave in the ways they do. Students will be participating in engaging discussions and experiments throughout the academic year which will prepare them to assess popular Psychological theories from some of the most famous Psychologists in history, filtered through a Christian worldview. Grading will be based on the following criteria:

50% - Attendance and Participation

25% - Weekly Homework Assignments

25% - Experiments, Activities, and Projects

 

Textbooks: (Purchased through the HERO Bookstore)

1.)  Exploring Psychology, 8th Edition, by David G. Myers

ISBN: 978-1-42923825-0

2.)  Study Guide to Accompany Exploring Psychology, 8th Edition, by Richard O. Straub, ISBN-13:978-1-4292-3199-2 or ISBN-10:1-4292-3199-8


INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY- CLEP - Instructor - Mrs. Wong - Grades 10-12

 CLASS DESCRIPTION:

 Sociology is the study of society.  This course covers basic facts and concepts of the society, as well as general theoretical approaches used by sociologists. Various off-site homework observations are required.  This is a one semester course.

Students have two choices when taking this class.  The first is to take this class for a high school Sociology class.  The second is for the purpose of passing the CLEP test for Sociology.  Upon passing the CLEP exam at the end of the semester, the student will receive 3 college credits. 

The CLEP exam is administered at a different location and is the responsibility of the parent to find transportation to the test. Those students desiring to take the exam need to use additional CLEP study materials for the exam (practice exams, etc.)

TEXTBOOKS:

Brinkkerhoff, David B. Essentials of Sociology 8th Edi. Australia; Wadsworth, 2010. # 9780495812951

CLEP Introductory Sociology 2nd Edi.  NJ; REA, 2012.  # 9780738610917

Introductory Sociology Study Guide              Available in the HERO Bookstore

 GRADING:

 Daily homework assignments, quizzes, and exams.

 Grading scale

A+       98-100             A         93-97               A-        90-92

B+       87-89               B         83-86               B-        80-82

C+       77-79               C         73-76               C-        70-72

D+       67-69               D         63-66               D-        60-62

F          Below 60

Mrs. Wong                  763-269-6142              d_wongman@juno.com


NOTE  - The computer lab has 24" flat screen monitors and they are all running the Windows 10  operating system.  The Home and Student version of Microsoft Office 2015  is also installed on each computer.


Fun with Computers - Instructor:  Mrs. R. Wahlberg - Grades K-2

Primary students will learn computer skills including, click, grab, drop, cut, paste, and color. A variety of educational games will be available through online sites such as Club Penguin, PBS Kids, and National Geographic. Parents will need to create names and passwords for the various online games. Students will be introduced to correct fingering on the keyboard.

Supplies:  Earphones to plug into the computer tower. There is no textbook required.

Class participation:  Student will demonstrate participation by following directions and staying on task.

Class attendance:  Student will demonstrate attendance by being on time and ready to follow directions.


Fundamentals of Computer Applications  - Instructor:  Mrs. R. Wahlberg - Grades  3-6

Computer novices and experienced techies are all welcome! In this course we will focus on proficiency in typing skills as well as a basic understanding of various Microsoft Office tools.  Students will learn to use formatting tools and insert objects into their documents. The course will cover internet safety, searching, and research skills.  Students are expected to practice their typing at least one hour each week.  

Supplies needed for this course:  Earphones to plug into the computer tower.

There is no textbook required.

Grading Information: Students will be given a percentage grade based on attendance, class participation, effort and completion of projects.

Guidelines for Success:

Class participation:  Student will demonstrate participation by practicing typing skills at home, completing the practice log, and staying on task while working on class projects.

Class attendance:  Student will demonstrate attendance by being on time for class and by having materials ready.

Practice:  Student is expected to practice keyboarding at least one hour each week at home.  This is to be written down on a practice record handed out in class and signed by a parent.  This is considered homework and must be completed.


MTAS Photo - Photography - Computer Editing : Instructor:  Mrs. Schock Grade 7-12

We will dig in to digital photography.  Learning how to use light and other aspects of your environment to capture great moments and memories.  We will spend a little time on basic knowledge of photography, but students should be comfortable with a camera (not just a phone) before the class.  We will also be spending time on how to use a camera phone.  One of the best parts of photography is editing your pictures.  We will be touching on different free Apps and computer programs that you can use.  Students do not need a Digital SLR camera, but if you have one to use, it would be helpful.  Please provide some sort of Digital camera and 8G USB memory stick or higher and be ready to share your pictures digitally on a consistent basis in class.   Be prepared to develop photos for your final semester project.  This will be the only time that there will be a cost for this class.  


Creative Digital Media - Advertising/Photoshop/Blogging - Instructor: Mrs. Schock - Grade 7-12

Students will investigate the Internet by exploring a variety of destinations including search engines, research sites, e-media, e-games as well as email and Internet safety. They will then become web designers and construct a web page that includes links to other sites. Throughout the process, students will pay particular attention to the ease of navigation, overall appearance, and quality of the content. Students will learn about blogs and set up their own blogging profile. They will write their own blog, and learn to comment in an encouraging way as they respond to other’s posts. We will also dig into Graphic Design using different platforms.  We will learn how to use Photoshop. As a part of our Advertising curriculum, we will partner with local businesses and use the knowledge we have learned to help them promote and launch their business.  If we have time, we will also touch on video editing.  


Introduction to Google Docs and Microsoft Office - Instructor: Mrs. Stacie Frank -Grade 7-12

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this class is to have fun while learning and applying new skills in Google Apps and Microsoft Office. REQUIREMENTS: There are no textbooks, supplies nor additional fees for this class. Students should come to the first class with a login to their (free) Google account. https://accounts.google.com/signup

FIRST SEMESTER: Students will work on a semester-long project to launch a business using Google Apps. SKILLS LEARNED: Students will build technology skills with project based activities using Google Apps (Google, Google Docs, Google Drawings, Google Forms, Google Sheets and Google Slides). TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATIONS: The first semester-long project will include technology integrations with Business Studies, Language Arts, Math and Visual Arts. 

SECOND SEMESTER: Students will work on a semester-long project to promote a business using Microsoft Office 2016. SKILLS LEARNED: Students will build technology skills (Database, Desktop Publishing, Internet, Presentation, Spreadsheet and Word Processing) with project based activities using Microsoft Office 2016 (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word). TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATIONS: The second semester-long project will include technology integrations with Business Studies, Language Arts, Math and Science.

Feel free to contact me with any questions! staciefrank@gmail.com 651-231-0082 text/call


Raspberry Pi Gaming program and Computer Building - Instructor: Mr. Chuck Crymble - Grades 7-12

The Raspberry Pi is a small, affordable computer that you will use to design and develop fun and practical devices while learning programming and computer hardware.  You will learn how to set up the Raspberry Pi environment, get a Linux operating system running, and write, execute, and debug code on the Raspberry Pi.  You will also construct your own hardware that you will control through software you write for the Raspberry Pi.


Business Technology and UX Web Design - Instructor: Mr. Chuck Crymble - Grades 8-12

Class description is coming.