Developing Scientifically Literate Citizens
Science at Culver Academies extends far beyond basic academic requirements. The program is designed to enhance problem-solving skills, provide practice in the scientific inquiry process and help students apply their learning to global issues.
- All students must complete six terms of science, including at least one course in physics, chemistry and biology.
- Students can earn honors in the core courses of physics, chemistry and biology, and may take Advanced Placement courses in physics, chemistry, biology and environmental science.
- Science classes take place in the state-of-the-art facilities at Roberts Hall of Science.
Research Your Way to Honors in Science
You choose your own path to Honors in Science with a self-directed research project over the course of two terms.
Using cutting edge facilities in an 1800 square foot research laboratory, students execute a self-designed research project that increases his/her appreciation for the relationship of science, technology, and society in their specific area of interest.
Projects use a “research group” model based on the overarching goal of turning cellulosic biomass into ethanol fuel.
Projects that qualify will be submitted for local, state, national, and international competitions.
STUDENT RESEARCH FACILITIES
Roberts Hall of Science will be home for Honors students for two terms. A dedicated 1800 square foot research laboratory and workshop provides access to advanced chemistry equipment, seismograph, and computer controlled telescope with CCD camera.
Students also have access to a variety of cutting-edge equipment, including Vernier and PASCO computer-interfaced measuring tools, centrifuges, incubators, sterilizers, fume hoods, high precision balances, and a growth chamber.
ENDOWMENT SUPPORT FOR TEAMS
As part of the Science Research Honors course, The Brian M. Barefoot Endowed Program for Entrepreneurial Studies will support teams of students pursuing more modern, long-term investigations, including solar cells, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and fuel cells. Their experiences will be similar to those of researchers in universities, professional laboratories, and high-tech startup companies.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Each student should have completed or be in the process of completing the three core science courses (Physics, Chemistry, Biology).
Waiver of this requirement will be on a student-by-student basis.