Virtual Science University

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1. Laboratory Safety & Volume Measurement »

Objective - The student will demonstrate safe practices during field and laboratory investigations.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Glassware Safety & Volume Measurment
  • Chemical & Biohazards Safety
  • Sharp Instrument Safety
  • Hand, Eye, & Face Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Heat Safety
  • Animal Safety
  • Electrical Safety

....and much more.

2. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse »

Objective - The student will make wise choices in the use and conservation of resources and the disposal or recycling of materials.

Topics Covered Include:

  • The Importance of Recycling
  • Stewardship & Conservation of Resources
  • Recycling Plastics, Glass, Aluminum & Paper
  • Helping Our Environment
  • Global Warming

....and much more

3. Environmental Stewardship & Scientific Analysis »

Objectives

  • The student will make wise choices in the use and conservation of resources and the disposal or recycling of materials.
  • The student will plan and implement investigative procedures including asking questions, formulating testable hypothesis, and selecting equipment and technology
  • The student will collect data and make measurements with precision.
  • The student will organize, analyze, evaluate, make inferences and predict trends from data

Topics Covered Include:

  • The Scientific Method
  • Conservation of Resources
  • Proper Disposal & Recycling of Materials
  • Data Collection & Analysis
  • Precision Management

...and much more.

4. The Periodic Table & Chemical Elements »

Objective - In learning about the different structures of Bimolecular compounds, students will know what elements are, the periodic table, pH Scale, ionic bonds, covalent bonds and polar bonds.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Periodic Table
  • Chemical Elements
  • Formation of Ionic Bonds
  • Formation of Covalent Bonds
  • Polar Covalent Bonds

...and much more!

5. Organic Compounds »

Objective - The student will compare the structures and functions of different types of bimolecules such as carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids

Topics Covered Include:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Lipids
  • Nucleic Acids

...and much more!

6. Cell Structure - Parts of the Cell »

Objective - The student will investigate and identify cellular processes including permeability, transport of molecules, and functions of the cell membranes.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Nucleus
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum
  • Ribosomes
  • Cell Membrane
  • Mitochondria
  • Golgi Apparatus

...and much more!

7. Osmosis & Cell Permeability »

Objective - The student will investigate and identify cellular processes including permeability, transport of molecules, and functions of the cell membranes.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Facilitated Diffusion
  • Active Transport
  • Potassium Pump
  • Endocytosis
  • Exocytosis

...and much more!

8. Animal & Plant Cells »

Objective - The student will compare cells from different parts of plants and animals including roots, stems, leaves, epithelial, muscles, and bones to show specialization of structure and function.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Comparison of Animal & Plant Cells
  • Epithelia & Stem Cells
  • Leaf Structure
  • Skeletal Muscle Structure
  • Striated Muscle Structure
  • Bone & Cartilage

...and much more!

9. Levels of Organization & Structure »

Objective - The student will sequence the levels of organization in multicellular organisms to relate the parts to each other and to the whole.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Animal & Plant Cells
  • Respiration
  • Cardiac Tissue
  • The Heart
  • Circulatory System
  • Photosynthesis

...and much more!

10. Mitosis - Cell Division »

Objective - The student will be able to describe the process of mitosis.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Interphase
  • Prophase
  • Metaphase
  • Anaphase
  • Telephase

...and much more!

11. Meiosis »

Objective - The student will compare the processes of mitosis and meiosis and their significance to sexual and asexual behavior.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Prophase I & II
  • Metaphse I & II
  • Anaphase I & II
  • Telophase I & II

...and much more!

12. Structure of DNA & RNA »

Objective - The student will know the structures and functions of nucleic acids.

Topics Covered Include:

  • The Structure of DNA
  • Nucleotides
  • Alignment of Nitrogen Bases
  • Replication of DNA
  • The Structure of RNA

...and much more!

13. Protein Synthesis »

Objective - The student will explain replication, translation and transcription using models of DNA and RNA.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Replication
  • Translation
  • Transcription

...and much more!

14. Mendelian Genetics »

Objective - The student will compare genetic variations observed in plants (pea pods).

Topics Covered Include:

  • Who was Mendel?
  • Genetic Terms
  • Punnet Square
  • Monohybrid Cross
  • Dihybrid Cross

...and much more!

15. The Energy Relationship Between Plants & Animals 1 »

Objective - The student will compare the energy flow in photosynthesis to the energy flow in cellular respiration.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Energy & Storage of Energy
  • Photosythesis
  • Cellular Respiration
  • Electron Transport System
  • Plant/Animal Codependence

...and much more!

15. The Energy Relationship Between Plants & Animals 2 »

Objective - The student will compare the energy flow in photosynthesis to the energy flow in cellular respiration.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Energy & Storage of Energy
  • Photsynthesis
  • Cellular Respiration
  • Electron Transport System
  • Plant/Animal Codependence

...and much more!

16. Classifying Living Organisms »

Objective - The student will analyze relationships among organisms and develop a model of hierarchical classification system based on similarities and differences using taxonomic nomenclature.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Development of and Understanding the Classification System
  • Naming of Organisms
  • Binomial Nomenclature
  • Definition of a Species

...and much more!

17. Monerans, Protists, Plants & Animals »

Objective - The student will identify characteristics of kingdoms including Monerans (Eubacteria & Archaebacteria), Protists, Fungi, Plants and Animals.

Topics Covered Include:

  • The Six Kingdoms of Life (Eubacteria,, Archaebacteria, Protists, Fungi, Plants and Animals
  • The Three Domains of Life (Bacteria, Archae, Eukara)

18. The Relationship of Viruses & Bacteria to Disease »

Objectives

  • The student will compare the structures and functions of viruses to cells and describe the role of viruses in causing diseases and conditions such as acquired immune deficiency syndrome,, common colds, smallpox, influenza and warts.
  • The student will identify and describe the mold of bacteria in maintaining health such as in digestion and in causing disease such as streptococcus infections and diphtheria.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Structure of a Virus
  • Viral Reproduction
  • Diseases Caused by Viruses and Bacteria
  • Bacteria vs. Eukaryotes
  • Types of Bacteria

19. Protists - Protozoa »

Objective - The student will identify characteristics of the Kingdom Protista.

Topics Covered Include:

  • What are Protists?
  • Ciliophora
  • Sarcodina
  • Sporozoa
  • Mastigophora

...and much more!

20. Flowering Plants »

Objective - The student will analyze and identify characteristics of plant systems and subsystems.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Benefits of Flowering Plants
  • The Parts of the Flower
  • Definition of an Angiosperm
  • Reproduction and Pollination

...and much more!

21. The Nervous & Skeletal Systems »

Objectives

  • The student will interpret the function of systems in organisms (humans) including the nervous and skeletal systems.
  • The student will compare the interrelationships of nervous and skeletal systems to each other and to the body as a whole.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Indentify Bones of the Skeleton
  • The Axial Skeleton
  • The Appendicular Skeleton
  • Nervous System Terminology
  • Neurons Structure & Function
  • Neurons Sending Messages

22. The Circulatory & Respiratory Systems »

Objectives

  • The student will interpret the function of systems in organisms (humans) including the circulatory and respiratory systems.
  • The student will compare the interrelationships of circulatory and respiratory systems to each other and to the body as a whole.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Function of Circulation
  • Phases of Circulation
  • Relationship Between the Circulatory & Respiratoty Systems
  • Function of Respiration
  • The Heart & Lungs

...and much more!

23. The Digestive & Excretory Systems »

Objectives

  • The student will interpret the function of systems in organisms (humans) including the digestive and excretory systems.
  • The student will compare the interrelationships of digestive and excretory systems to each other and to the body as a whole.

Topics Covered Include:

  • The Digestive Process
  • Production of Digestive Juices
  • Function and Structure of the Digestive and Excretoty Systems
  • Absorption of Nutrients
  • Hormone Regulation

...and much more!

24. The Reproductive & Endocrine Systems »

Objectives

  • The student will interpret the function of systems in organisms (humans) including the reproductive and endocrine systems.
  • The student will compare the interrelationships of reproductive and endocrine systems to each other and to the body as a whole.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Sexual Reproduction
  • Human Development
  • Hormones
  • Function of the Endocrine System
  • Endocrine Signaling
  • Types/Functions of Glands

...and much more!

25. The Muscular & Integumentary Systems »

Objectives

  • The student will interpret the function of systems in organisms (humans) including the muscular and integumentary systems.
  • The student will compare the interrelationships of muscular and integumentary systems to each other and to the body as a whole.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Identify Muscles of the Body
  • Types of Muscular Tissue
  • Skeletal Muscles
  • Functions/Structure of the Skin
  • Cell Types
  • Epidermal Appendages

...and much more!

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