SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

Welcome to Science and Technology

Laurier Macdonald High School Science Department opens students’ eyes to the many marvellous properties of the physical and natural world. By fostering a concrete understanding of the many ways science affects our everyday lives, we empower students to become critical thinkers.

We are dedicated to providing our students with a multitude of opportunities to practice problem solving and engage in critical thinking. Through laboratories and hands-on activities we spark each student’s curiosity and interest. An innovative and collaborative teaching environment enables departmental goals to be met in every classroom.

Secondary 3 Science Courses

Science and Technology 3

The Secondary 3 Science and Technology course’s main focus is human biology, with some concepts of chemistry, physics, geology and technology. Students learn the safe and proper use and care of lab equipment, woodworking tools and machinery. Students explore the design cycle (investigation, design, planning, creation and evaluation).

They design and build cars made up of recycled material, which is powered by the release of air in a balloon. They also design and build a marble maze using woodworking tools and machinery.

Other examples of laboratories include an in-class study of the different nutrients found in food followed by a hands-on experience of testing food for different nutrients. Students also learn the principles behind the blood types and then see it in action in a simulated blood lab.

Secondary 4 Science Courses

Science and Technology 4

Secondary 4 Science and Technology is a course in which all secondary 4 students must pass to obtain a high school diploma. This main focus of this course is the environment The course involves hands-on, inquiry-based learning to develop problem solving, to emphasize the application of science knowledge, and to teach communication using scientific and technological language.

In this course, students will become familiar with standard laboratory practices and be encouraged to apply theoretical concepts in a practical way through lab work. All students present a science fair project and the winners advance to the Montreal Regional Science and Technology fair.

Students explore the design cycle (investigation, design, planning, creation and evaluation). Some examples of projects are building a snowman using the mechanism taught in class to move the snowmen hat 5 cm. Students design and build a soccer net using their woodworking skills. The students must also incorporate their knowledge of electricity to make sure the light turns on when a goal is scored.

Environmental Science and Technology

This is a course for secondary 4 students who wish to take the Physics and Chemistry science options in Secondary 5. Students must take this class along with the secondary 4 science and technology.

This course covers the basic topics in greater detail and will include additional topics to help prepare students for advanced science students in Secondary 5. Some additional topics focus on the impact of science on the environment, and may include areas such as issues of energy, residual materials and food production to name a few.

In this course, students will become familiar with standard laboratory practices and be encouraged to apply theoretical concepts in a practical way through lab work. In addition, students understand that science is a process as well as a body of knowledge. Students explore the design cycle (investigation, design, planning, creation and evaluation).

Secondary 5 Science Courses

General Science

This course is designed for students who are interested in science but do want to take science in CEGEP. Students will focus on ways science affects our everyday lives.

Chemistry

This is a course is for those wishing to enter CEGEP in the Pure and Applied or Health Science Programs. Students study chemical phenomena, gases and their applications, energy in chemical reactions, rate of chemical reactions and equilibrium in chemical reactions.

The inter-relationship of science, technology and society is stressed throughout the program.

The secondary 4 prerequisites are Scientific Math and Environment Science.

 

Physics

This course is designed for those wishing to enter CEGEP in the Pure and Applied or Health Science Programs.

Students study Optics: the behaviour of light, including reflection, refraction, lenses, mirrors & images, optical devices, experimental research, mechanics, and motion and forces.

Students also design and build solar cookers and model airplanes. The interrelationship between Science, technology and society is stressed throughout the program.

The secondary 4 prerequisites are Scientific Math and Environment Science.