Course Description This course concentrates on the fundamentals of science, as well as each of the three fields of science (Physical, Life, and Earth). We study the scientific method, scientific writing, metrics, and data analysis. Students complete a research project on a science question of their choice to introduce the class to each of the fields of science. Physical science focuses on matter and energy, looking specifically at kinetic and potential energy, energy transfer, and changes in states of matter. Life science focuses on ecosystems, looking specifically at producers, consumers, and decomposers, interactions and relationships of organisms, biotic/abiotic factors, and environmental impacts of organisms. Students will be involved in the rearing of trout in the classroom as a real-world application of the ecology standards. Earth science will focus on the composition, properties, and changes of the Earth, looking specifically at rocks, soil, magnetic field of the Earth, plate tectonics, fossils and geologic time. Real-world examples are used throughout the course to supplement the MI standards.