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PRE-AP Biology Summer HW Packet
"The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living."
- Henri Poincaré.
Students are naturally curious. Our Waller High School Science Team feeds that curiosity and provides students with valuable concepts, life skills, and career options. Our Science programs give students a greater appreciation for the world, a healthy dose of skepticism, strong problem-solving skills, and research know-how. So whether your student's post-high school plans include going to college, attending a trade school, enlisting in the military, or entering the workforce, our programs can help him or her succeed by providing truly useful life skills.
The Waller High School Core Science Teams consist of Biology, Integrated Physics and Chemistry, Chemistry, and Physics. Our Fourth year Science course selections are Advanced Placement Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Aquatics and Research and Design. Our Science Teams strive to help our students succeed by designing lessons that include engagement and elaboration. These types of activities require students to explore and learn about the world around them and how it works, they gain a better understanding of, and appreciation for, nature and the interdependence of living things and their environments. Secondly, the science courses train students to think like scientists. Students in science classes are encouraged to “question things” and or “consider a new approach” which grow independent thinking skills that will develop into savvy and wise consumers, voters, and citizens who can make their own informed decisions.
Waller High School Science also promotes strong communication skills and teaches about conflict management and collaboration. Whether by working on independent science projects that require written or oral reports, or through group experiments that involve discussion and debate, cooperation and consensus, students must employ effective communication skills when reporting on their research. In the long run, these communication abilities can foster creativity and translate into effective personal relations and business presentation skills, because students learn about dealing with conflicting viewpoints, and that there are times to collaborate and times to work independently.
All of our Science Programs teach strong research skills. Our science students learn about coming up with hypotheses, collecting data, testing assumptions, reading about prior research, looking for patterns, communicating their findings to colleagues, writing articles, making presentations, and conducting further testing. These skills are crucial for later success in school and in the work world. The Waller High School Science Team knows that a better education in science for your student can also mean better things for society by helping students develop into more responsible citizens who help to build a strong economy, contribute to a healthier environment, and bring about a brighter future for everyone.