Honor Biology is devoted to cover high school biology course and prepare students for
Advanced Placement Biology. Through a combination of online lectures and virtual laboratory experiences, each student is expected to develop a solid foundation in the core concepts of biology, develop an appreciation of the investigative nature of laboratory experimentation, and hopefully experience the joy and excitement of contemporary biology. Students are expected to develop an understanding of certain core concepts of biology including evolution, cell structure and physiology, information flow, metabolism, cellular reproduction, and Mendelian genetics.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will draw diagrams of how the basic units of matter called atoms interact to produce the myriad of complex macromolecules that imbue living systems with the many and varying properties that constitute the living state.
2. Students will be able to differentiate between living and non-living objects.
3. Students will utilize the scientific method by conducting specific laboratory exercises and develop critical thinking in seeking answers to their research question.
4. Students will explain how plant cells capture energy from the sun and other light sources and transform the same into chemical energy. They will also explain how that light energy
transformed to chemical energy is utilized by virtually all eukaryotic organisms to produce the “energy coin” of life, ATP.
5. Students will describe the “central dogma” of biology. They will explain the mechanisms of DNA replication, RNA synthesis, protein synthesis, cell division, and basic Mendelian inheritance.
Major themes include:
- Atom and molecule+ Build an atom game
- Chemical component of the cell+ cell animation
- Microscope and cells + microscope virtual lab
- Cellular transport –Osmosis/ Diffusion
- Energy- Photosynthesis
- Energy- Cellular Respiration
- Mendelian Genetics
- DNA replication
- Natural selection
- Evolution +Deep tree activity
Current course offerings by STEM Academy
Advanced Physics 1, 2, M & EM
SAT I and II
Physics Competitions Training (F=ma, Physics Bowl)
Math Competitions AMC 10, 12 AIME