North Carolina Science 8 A/B

NC Science 8 is a two semester course that covers the evolution of the atomic model, classification of substances into elements, compounds, or mixture, and effects of chemical reactions. Students will learn about the structure of the hydrosphere, the uneven distribution of natural resources, and the steps being undertaken to combat climate change.  Students will examine the flow of energy in ecosystems, relationships between organisms in different ecosystems, and the effects of human activities on the ocean. This course also delves into the classification of organisms based on their characteristics, and explains the role of food in the growth and development of organisms. Students will learn how genetic diversity helps in the survival and adaptation of an organism in a given environment. Students will learn about diseases and their prevention. Students will also learn how biotechnology can be used to affect living organisms. Online discussions, course activities, and unit activities require students to develop and apply critical thinking skills.