US Science

The Science Department’s main objective is to prepare students to be responsible citizens, environmental stewards and decision makers. We seek to produce graduates that hold well-informed and thoughtful opinions. We hope to impart to our students both an understanding of and a sense of wonder about the natural world. The relevance of the dynamic role of science in society is central to a Pace science education. A foundation for further study is obtained through the teaching of problem solving, experimental design and conceptual understanding.

Teaching physics as a first course exposes students to the common concepts that govern all physical systems and prepares students for the study of chemistry and biology. Honors-level courses in these areas offer extra depth of study and independent work in specific areas. In addition, the elective and Advanced Placement programs provide students avenues for enrichment in specific areas.

Advanced Robotics

Using robots we will cover the fundamentals of problem solving, program design, algorithms and programming using a high-level language. A robot is an embedded system of software and hardware. Programming and building robots applies science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts. This course is built around the fundamental understanding of the systems that make up robots and the development of workplace competencies. The cornerstone of the class involves solving engineering design problems. The teacher will be placed in the role of a facilitator/mentor, the student in the role of project manager/problem solver. Students in the class will represent Pace at the FTC robotics competition.

Analytical Chemistry Honors

Analytical Chemistry provides an introduction to major chemical principles with emphasis on problem solving techniques and laboratory skills. Topics include atomic structure, chemical reactions, kinetic theory, chemical bonding, reaction rates, equilibrium and acid-base theory.

Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy & Physiology is an elective course which focuses on studying the structure and function of the human body. The course is taught using a case study method, which allows students to use an investigative approach to learning. Students are exposed to "real-life" situations and asked to apply their learning as they analyze the causes and effects of various human conditions.

AP Biology

AP Biology is a college-level course centered around the eight unifying themes in biology: science as a process; evolution; energy transfer; continuity and change; the relationship of structure to function; regulation; the interdependence of living things in nature; and science, technology and society. A rigorous laboratory component is included in the course.

AP Chemistry

AP Chemistry provides a rigorous treatment of college-level chemistry with a focus on the theoretical aspects of chemistry. Topics such as the structure of matter, kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibriums, chemical kinetics and the basic concepts of thermodynamics are presented in considerable depth. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and extensive laboratory work.

AP Environmental Science

AP Environmental Science is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester introductory college course in environmental science. The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world and to analyze both natural and human-induced environmental problems. The course focuses on the science behind environmental problems and issues using a hands-on approach.

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. This course will cover Newtonian mechanics (motion, forces, rotational motion), work, energy, power, waves, sound, and electric circuits. The course will be 25% inquiry-based laboratory work as well as class projects. This will allow for the student to develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. The student will be required to ask questions, make observations and predictions, design their own experiment, analyze data, and construct arguments with their peers. The shorter number of topics that are required will allow the class to explore each topic in depth. Not only will the student be able to understand the physics equations, but also how to read and write in a scientific manner.

AP Physics C

AP Physics is an in-depth study of mechanics. The course stresses problem solving using calculus along with advanced laboratory work. Students learn strategies to solve complex problems and how physical concepts are applied to modern technology. Calculus is a co-requisite for this course. This course is the equivalent of one semester of introductory college physics and prepares students to take the mechanics sections of the AP Physics C exam.

AP Psychology

AP Psychology is a course consisting of a great deal of factual and theoretical knowledge. While this knowledge is appropriate and important, the goal for the course is to inspire students to look at each topic critically and apply it to real-word situations and social issues. The hope is to give students a good basis for further study in psychology and ideally inspire students to “think” like psychologists. The overall goal of the course is to examine the “big picture” which translates into looking at each unit and how it fits in with the major tenants of the course: the history of psychology and the various approaches and domains of the subject; research methodology; biological bases of behavior; sensation and perception; states of consciousness; learning; cognition; motivation and emotion; developmental psychology; personality; testing and individual differences; abnormal behavior; treatment of abnormal behavior; and social psychology.

Computational Chemistry

Computational Chemistry uses an integrated approach to make chemical systems more relevant to students' lives. Students investigate the science behind everyday products such as antacids, airbags and glow sticks, while covering traditional topics. Students will hone collaborative skills through inquiry-based laboratory experiments and hands-on activities.

Conceptual Physics

Conceptual Physics introduces students to scientific theory while polishing algebraic skills. Through engineering design, deductive reasoning and in-depth scientific thought, students gain an understanding of and appreciation for the physics of everyday experiences. The course seeks to bring students to a common perspective through the study of a wide variety of physical systems, such as thermodynamics, waves, electricity/magnetism and motion. Students develop an understanding of science as a collaborative and transient process through laboratory and group assignments.

Environmental Biology

Environmental Biology provides an understanding of the relationships of living things to each other and to the environment. This course focuses on an ecological perspective to teaching biology. Through class and laboratory activities, students will learn about topics such as cell anatomy and physiology, genetics, evolutionary principles, diversity of life and ecology.

Intro to Robotics

This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of the LEGO EV3 platform as it teaches science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students will learn how to use feedback from sensors, applied mathematics and measurement to program their robot to navigate in its environment. Students will have the opportunity to complete multiple challenges involving guided research, problem solving, working in teams, and design documentation by means of an Engineer's Notebook. Students interested in participating on the Pace Academy RoboKnights team should sign up for this course. For more information about the FIRST Tech Challenge please visit www.usfirst.org.

Mathematical Physics Honors

Mathematical Physics exposes students to the major concepts that govern the physical world while using their mathematical skills as a tool for exploration. The course seeks to bring students to a common perspective through the study of a wide variety of physical systems such as thermodynamics, waves, electricity/magnetism and motion. Logic, structural design and complex application of concepts will be prominent throughout this course. Students will see science as an interactive process that requires teamwork and specialized skills as they build a solid foundation in investigative techniques.

Molecular & Genetic Biology Honors

Molecular & Genetic Biology provides an understanding of the relationships of living things to each other and to the environment. This course uses a molecular and physiological approach to teaching systems and processes. Through class and laboratory activities, students will learn about topics such as cell anatomy and physiology, genetics, evolutionary principles, diversity of life and ecology.

Sustainability

In this elective course, students research standard construction and how it affects natural ecosystems with the goal of understanding what steps can be taken to reduce effects on the environment. The course looks at the design process from an environmental point of view including the six fundamental principles as defined by the National Institute of Building Sciences: site selection; energy use; water consumption; materials and products; indoor air quality; and operation and maintenance practices. As a team, students design a small structure and actively participate in the construction process.

Faculty & Staff

Science Department

Mr. Kevin Ballard

Mr. Kevin Ballard

US Science Teacher
Mrs. Sara Eden

Mrs. Sara Eden

US Counselor, US Science Teacher, US Peer Leadership Advisor, US Transitions Advisor
Mr. Ben Ewing

Mr. Ben Ewing

Dean Class of 2022, US Science Teacher
Dr. Kaylan Haizlip

Dr. Kaylan Haizlip

US Science Teacher
Mrs. Brianna Korb

Mrs. Brianna Korb

US Science Teacher
Dr. John Pearson

Dr. John Pearson

US Science Chairperson, US Science Teacher
Ms. Tyler Shuman

Ms. Tyler Shuman

Long-term Substitute US Science Teacher
Mr. Matthew Smentek

Mr. Matthew Smentek

US Science Teacher
Mrs. Allison Tarvin

Mrs. Allison Tarvin

US Science Teacher
Ms. Amelia Tuttle

Ms. Amelia Tuttle

US Counselor, US Science Teacher, US Transitions Advisor
Dr. Melody Walter

Dr. Melody Walter

US Science Teacher

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