Lone Pine Science Curriculum
The Lone Pine Science Curriculum allows for students to explore their areas of interest while obtaining a well-rounded science education.
Students have core science lessons from Bernard Nebel's excellent Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding series, then have choice to explore topics of interest at a deep level through Science Olympiad and the Science & Engineering Fair.
Science Olympiad runs for most of the school year, with a Saturday tournament in January, March, and April (3 total). For Science Olympiad, students complete in each event in pairs or groups of 3. Each event meets at least once/week to practice with teacher/adult guidance. Students choose approximately 4 events from a menu similar to the following (last year's menu, which the national committee will update this summer):
LIFE, PERSONAL & SOCIAL SCIENCE
EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE
PHYSICAL SCIENCE & CHEMISTRY
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
INQUIRY & NATURE OF SCIENCE
For the Long's Peak Science and Engineering Fair, students will complete an in-depth project, usually individually, with teacher support in one chosen category. The Science & Engineering Fair is held in February; students choose a topic in August and complete the project in early January. A state fair is held in April (and an international fair is held during the summer) for any students whose projects qualify.