Our students take three hours of Chemistry per week from 6th grade through 8th grade, in addition to Physics and Biology. As high schoolers, they can choose to continue their exploration of this fascinating science in either Honors Chemistry or AP Chemistry.
Leading our future chemists is Subject Expert Teacher and founding faculty member, Dr. Blaine Hartman! You can read her faculty biography here.
Tell us a little about the exploration camps you led as part of BASIS Independent Summer.
I taught two hands-on science camps (grades 1-4 and 5-8) where we conducted labs in biology, chemistry, and engineering. My main goal was for the kids to get excited about science and to have fun.
We did a cool lab with Mentos and soda that demonstrated physical change and showed how gas collisions increase under higher pressure.
Another activity we did involved learning about the element nitrogen and how liquid nitrogen is made. We then used the liquid nitrogen to freeze flowers, ping pong balls, and slime and to make home made ice cream.
We also worked on group-based projects such as building towers and creating hot air balloons.
BASIS Independent Schools students and teachers know no limit when it comes to accomplishments. We're incredibly proud of the following story from our Silicon Valley campus that beautifully illustrates something we strive towards as a school: strong, true partnertship between teachers and students:
We have had no shortage of student achievement this year at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. We beam with Bobcat pride each time we learn about the wide variety of our students' accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, in academic competitions as well as in sports and dance.
When Jaydev B. in grade 8 (Jay for short) was named as a finalist in the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS competition this fall for his project "Sweet Drought: Effects of Dry Farming on Sugar Concentrations in Pisum sativum," we realized that this is not only an incredible recognition of Jay as a student, but a wonderful illustration of some of our most fundamental goals as a school: student and teacher collaboration and the pursuit of excellence.
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! McLean is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.