For many, science helps us better understand the phenomena of the natural and physical world. However, science is so much more than merely a way to explain the countless amazing things that often seem to defy explanation. Science can also help us solve any number of real-world problems or issues!

In our newly launched Grade 9 Science (SNC1W), students will develop an understanding of key concepts across topics in the four main disciplines of science: biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and space science. From sustainable ecosystems, climate change, and electricity to the exploration of space and the nature of matter, students will apply their understanding to investigate everyday problems using the scientific processes of research, experimentation, and engineering.

View the full SNC1W course description here.

Let’s check out some of the topics you can expect to cover in SNC1W!

  • Have smartphones become waste disposal? You’ll look at the life cycle of smartphones, highlighting the environmental, social, and economic impacts of manufacturing, shipping, use, and disposal. To address the carbon emissions associated with smartphones, you’ll use the engineering design process to brainstorm solutions that will extend the life of the product. You get the chance to propose new designs for screen protectors, study the chemical properties of the elements used in the product, and investigate ways to extend battery life.
  • Follow the life of two young farmers as they deal with ecological disturbances that affect the growth of their crops. Using indicators of soil heath and water quality to diagnose the problem, you can then propose a practical course of action that will potentially save the farm.
  • Observe and analyse test results to help a young, aspiring scientist modify their solar water heater prototype. You can then use the data to make recommendations for improvements to the design of the prototype. What would you change? What worked? You must use critical thinking skills and a bit of engineering to find a design solution that is both practical and environmentally friendly.
  • Create a prototype of a wind turbine blade and perform industry tests on it to determine whether it will stand up to the stress and wear of use. Write a report to communicate the findings of the testing, making sure to highlight the big picture or main idea and include any recommendations for improving the design of the prototype.
  • Investigate the relationship between the luminosity and brightness of the stars you view in the night sky. Model this relationship using a flashlight, and record data that you can use to reinforce your conclusion.

To support the Ontario Ministry of Education’s de-streaming efforts, careful consideration was given to the design of the SNC1W course. All lessons were created with clear learning targets, opportunities for self-assessment, analogies, embedded concept checks, and discussion boards where students can work through their questions with their teacher. Units have been designed to build upon concepts throughout the lessons, thereby allowing students to grow in confidence as they work through the course assessments. Ample opportunities to practice each skill or demonstrate competency with a learning target are provided before students are evaluated on their work.

Our goal for the SNC1W course is to make studying science enjoyable for students of all academic backgrounds. If you’re ready for a course filled with chances to discover and innovate, be sure to register for the new SNC1W course today!