The Story of Science – Newton at the Center


    “I have really enjoyed making friends in this class. Because it is a year and a half long [three semesters], it is great to know that I will be reunited with some of my friends in this course. Academically speaking, I love learning about the people who have made great impacts on our lives.” ~Student D.A.


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    Newton statue for The Story of Science - Newton at the Center course at Athena's Advanced Academy
    InstructorDr. Kirsten Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length16 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnMondays, 7:00 - 7:50 AM Pacific - 1/16/23 - 5/20/23

    All of the great inventions — cars, planes, computers, the Internet, etc. — wouldn’t have happened without scientists. Space exploration, deep sea adventures, and Arctic quests are led by scientists. The study of plants, animals, and life-saving medical treatments are all part of science. Without science we wouldn’t have the world today or tomorrow.

    In this course series, Athena’s students will take a trek through history as they time travel back to the birth of science using the Story of Science text as the framework for learning. Students will find out about the movers and shakers of science using primary source analysis, critical thinking, and interactive web tools.

    Through our discussion-based webinars, we will focus on the connections between scientists and how science progressed and changed our world. From ideas to inventions this course will inform, engage and inspire!

    Newton takes us on our journey through the second book in The Story of Science series. We will travel to the time of Copernicus and then examine the accomplishments of Galileo, Kepler, and Descartes. We will explore Newton’s ideas on gravity, motion, colors, calculus, and Earth’s place in the universe. These scientists set the stage for modern physics, astronomy, mathematics, and chemistry.

    (We save space-time, singularities, etc. for Story of Science – Einstein.)

    Note to Parents: 

    • The Story of Science – Einstein Adds a New Dimension will be in a different time slot in the fall and taught by a different instructor.
    • The Story of Science – Aristotle Leads the Way is not a prerequisite for this course.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Read 2-3 chapters in the text.
    • Respond to 1-2 forum prompts — writing at least one five-sentence paragraph for each.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
    • We feature frequent projects and Minecraft™ activities for collaborative or solo expression.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.
    • This class is discussion based. Only students who are ready (or need minimal encouragement to become ready) to use the microphone in an online class should enroll.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read non-fiction at a strong 6th grade level or above.
    • Write a paragraph independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Be prepared for the webinar.
    • Actively participate (via the microphone and chat) in the class discussion.
    • Verbally participate in webinar discussions – this class is discussion based.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials: