Ardent Academy's innovative science programs emphasize learning science by "doing" through problem-solving, hands-on exploration, and scientific experimentation. Students will be prepared to participate in any science fair and Science Olympiad.
Young Scientists and Engineers Programs
Young Scientists and Engineers Program aims to train tomorrow’s scientists and engineers today! Kids have a natural interest and curiosity in exploring how things work. The program fosters this interest and curiosity with creativity and a passion for problem-solving. Students engage in questioning, problem solving, collaboration, and hands-on activities to address real life problems while applying the rigor of scientific method and engineering process at an accelerated pace. They become logical thinkers, effective communicators, and scientifically literate.
We introduce a new topic with a lab-based project. The topics are approximately one to two grade levels ahead of the science taught in school. The labs always include hands-on experimentation or building activities.
S203 - Young Scientists and Engineers 3
- GRADES: 2 - 3
- FOCUS: Biology of Life, Robotics Engineering
- TOPICS COVERED: Microscopes, DNA, Cardiovascular, Nervous, and Digestive Systems / Visual Programming, Forces and Speed, Structures, Prototyping
S204 - Young Scientists and Engineers 4
- GRADES: 3 - 4
- FOCUS: Environmental Science, Robotics
- TOPICS COVERED: Light Energy, Water Chemistry, Soil Chemistry, Climate Change, Biomes, Visual Programming, Colors/Sensors, States and Timers, Drawing with Thymio, Prototyping
S205 - Young Scientists and Engineers 5
- GRADES: 4 - 5
- FOCUS: Biology, Chemistry
- TOPICS COVERED: Cells, Osmosis and Diffusion, Photosynthesis, DNA and Body Systems Atoms, Elements, Compounds, Mixtures, Solutions, Chemical Reactions
Science Olympiad Programs
S206 - Middle School Science Olympiad for Grades 5 - 6
This year-round introductory course is designed for students in grades 5-6 interested in learning about middle school science via Science Olympiad events. Science Olympiad, one of the premier science competitions in the nation, provides rigorous, standards-based challenges in fun and stimulating events. This course integrates Science Olympiad competition events with Project-Based Learning, so students can learn the basic concepts underlying competitive events and develop hands-on experimental skills to solidify their scientific knowledge.
The primary methodology used is Project-Based Learning. Hands-on labs are derived from various Science Olympiad events whenever possible. For each project, students start with a scientific question, learn background knowledge, develop hypothesis, conduct experiments, then analyze and present their data via lab reports, group discussions, and presentations. Each course will align with a theme focusing on knowledge acquisition, experimentation, and construction.