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

Our Young Scientists and Engineers Program aims to train tomorrow’s scientists and engineers today! Children have a natural interest and curiosity in exploring how things work. Being able to develop a scientific way of thinking allows students to process thoughts logically, develop observational skills, and learn to continuously explore this curiosity.

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.

Within our year-long program, each session covers a focus within concepts of biology, chemistry, physics, programming, and engineering. We introduce a new topic weekly with a lecture followed by a lab-based project. The topics are approximately one to two grade levels ahead of the science taught in school. The labs always involve hands-on experimentation or building activities.

Who:

  • For students who want to learn science more in-depth and ahead of their school curriculum
  • For students who enjoy learning through both instruction and practical application

S203 - Young Scientists and Engineers 3

  • GRADES: 2 - 3
  • FOCUS:
    • Fall Session: Fundamentals of Science, Physics & Engineering
    • Winter Session: Biology, Visual Programming
    • Spring Session: Earth Science, Chemistry

S204 - Young Scientists and Engineers 4 

  • GRADES: 3 - 4
  • FOCUS:
    • Fall Session: Biology, Chemistry
    • Winter Session: Environmental Science, Visual Programming
    • Spring Session: Physics, Forensics

S205 - Young Scientists and Engineers 5

  • GRADES: 4 - 5
  • FOCUS:
    • Fall Session: Environmental Science, Forensics
    • Winter Session: Chemistry, Biology
    • Spring Session: Physics, Engineering

 

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.

Within our year-long program, each session covers a focus within concepts of biology, chemistry, physics, programming, and engineering.We introduce a new topic weekly with a lecture followed by a lab-based project with the primary methodology being 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.

Who:

  • For students interested in Science Olympiad competition, this program offers in-depth preparation for the several Division B events in biology, chemistry, and physics
  • For students interested in entering science fairs, this program enables students to complete a science fair project in the categories of Medical Biology, Human Biology & Health, Mammalian Biology, and Medical Biotechnology.
  • For students interested in pursuing advanced studies in any of the sciences, the program provides an intermediate introduction to biology, chemistry, and physics that is approximately one or two grade levels ahead.

Course Focus:

  • Fall Session: Biology
  • Winter Session: Chemistry
  • Spring Session: Physics & Engineering