FOSS & Project Lead The Way
Full Option Science System (FOSS) is a nationally-renowned science program and is taught in schools around the country, including SCCS. Students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade engage in hands-on learning experiences in which they discover and apply scientific principles and theories. Students spend most instructional time performing experiments, creating models, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions. Through FOSS, students acquire a solid understanding of Minnesota and National Science standards are well prepared for the rigor of our middle school STEM engineering program, Project Lead The Way (PLTW). PLTW is the nation's leading STEM program, and SCCS was the first Catholic school in the state of Minnesota to assume the program PLTW's goal is to empower students to lead their own discovery. The hands-on program boosts classroom engagement and excitement, drives collaboration, and inspires “aha! moments” and deep comprehension. And as students engage in PLTW’s hands-on activities, they see a range of paths and possibilities for high school and beyond.
St. Croix Catholic offers three engineering units to its middle school students:
Energy and the Environment-Grade 6
Students are challenged to think big and toward the future as they explore sustainable solutions to our energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on our lives and the world. They design and model alternative energy sources and evaluate options for reducing energy consumption.
Medical Detectives-Grade 7
Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they collect and analyze medical data to diagnose disease. They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, measure and interpret vital signs, dissect a sheep brain, investigate disease outbreaks, and explore how a breakdown within the human body can lead to dysfunction.
Flight and Space-Grade 8
The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space. During this unit, students delve into the history of flight and space, discover the science behind aeronautics, and explore traveling and living in space. Students are then challenged to use their knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil.
Learn more about Project Lead The Way.