Posts about Sciences

April 7, 2017

Spotlight on Science Competitions

 

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Students have been hard at work at some local science competitions over the last month!

2017 Synopsys Championship

10 of the 20 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students who showed at the Synopsis Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship have made it to the prestigious Winners List, and have the pleasure of attending the invitation only 2017 Synopsys Championship Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 9th! We can't wait to find out how our students do, stay tuned for updates.

Please take a look here to see the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students who will be recieving awards this Sunday.

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April 13, 2016

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Student Named as 2015 Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalist

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.

Jay_Bhateja_SV_Broadcom-1.jpgWhen 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. 

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February 19, 2015

Beyond the Microscope: Bringing the Sciences to Life Through Labs & Experiments (Part 2 of 3)

In this new three-part series, we take a look inside Science Lab classes at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley to see how teachers are creatively demonstrating lessons about blood spatter, DNA isolation, Newton’s Laws and…elephant toothpaste!

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley’s curriculum for grades 8-12 (Upper Grades) is widely acknowledged as one of the most academically advanced programs in the world. Taught by our coveted Subject Expert Teachers, our Upper Grade curriculum challenges students to the highest international standards. Students are held accountable for mastering the material – including our rigorous science program which begins in grade 5 and extends through Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. 

So, how do we do it?
As discussed in part one of our Beyond the Microscope series, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students begin their science journey in grade 5 with Introduction to Science by building a strong foundation of applied learning, critical thinking and philosophy. By grade 8, students are cultivating and refining their analytic science skills, preparing them for the challenging Honors and AP road ahead. Labs are a critical element of mastering science, especially in the Upper Grades, as it brings the curriculum to life and is integral to the success of students’ comprehension and subject mastery.

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In this installment of Beyond the Microscope we check in with Dr. Anuradha Murthy, an Upper Grade biology Subject Expert Teacher and scientist who takes great pleasure in guiding students through their science journey.AnuradhaMurthy-391808-edited

Dr. Murthy’s labs are evolutionarily structured to slowly build upon her students’ experimental and analytic skills as they progress through Upper School. She concentrates on two types of labs: Modeling and Experimental to bring these topics to life:

Modeling
  • Model Ionic and Covalent Bonds
    Students use popcorn seeds, mustard seeds, and M &Ms to create 2D models of a Sodium ion and a Chloride ion - demonstrating an ionic bond between them, and polar covalent bonds between two Hydrogen atoms and an Oxygen atom to make a water molecule. This lab helped reinforce concepts on how bonds form to make compounds.

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