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The best way to learn about science is to actually do it. From the time they enter DK until they walk out the green doors as high school grads, Laker students are awarded with countless hands on science projects. Students become scientists as they conduct experiments, develop and test hypotheses, problem solve and work as teams. Many Laker science endeavors tie in math, engineering and technology. Lakers has world-class education down to a science!
In Spring 2013, a group of Laker Junior High student scientists were told their health-focused science experiment was chosen to go into space to the International Space Station. Their microgravity experiment was chosen out of thousands of experiments submitted for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). See more about this exciting achievement by clicking on this link VIEW VIDEO HERE
For seniors who excel in science and want to pursue it as a career, Laker High School offers a one-of-a-kind scholarship opportunity – The Hueschen Scholarship. Recipients of this prestigious scholarship receive four years at Michigan State University in a science program, with tuition, room and board paid for. No other school offers this tremendous award. Click HERE for a brochure about this awesome scholarship.
Science Olympiad is an extracurricular educational program with a mission to inspire the next generation of scientists, health professionals and engineers. Students have the opportunity to explore topics that often they would not experience in their normal school day. For some activities, the experience is very “hands-on”, as students create designs, solve problems and learn the importance of teamwork. Most Science Olympiad activities culminate in a tournament, which adds the excitement of competition.
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.
The Laker Robotics team works smart each year to create a robot that will perform specific tasks at competition, which takes place in the spring. Robotics combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. High school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources and an intense six-week time limit, the Laker Robotics team is challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Robotics championship.
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Lakers has two Underwater Remote-Operated Vehicle (ROV) teams – one at the elementary and one at the junior high. The elementary team is led by Mark Estelle and Sara Smith, and the junior high team is led by Don Manchester. Each year, each of these teams builds a robot from scratch – a robot that can perform specific underwater tasks in a given amount of time. The Square One Education Network sets the rules and regulations and decides what the tasks will be. At competition, the teams compete in the following categories: vehicle performance, engineering and craftsmanship, design innovation, ambassadorship and presentation categories.
At the Square One Underwater ROV statewide competition in 2016, the Laker Elementary team received second place in ambassadorship, which is for the work they did in getting younger kids excited about robotics. They also nabbed first place for presentation, which means they had the best PowerPoint presentation. Lastly, they received the Square One Nation Award, which is the top award! This is given to the best overall team. The Laker Junior High team took first place in presentation in the advanced technologies division.
In the 2016-17 school year, Lakers debuted its first VEX Robotics teams at the junior high and high school. At the high school level, there were two teams – a female team and a male team. Each team took a robotics kit and built and programmed robots to perform specific functions for competition. VEX Robotics encourages creative problem solving in a STEM environment. The kits allow for multiple options for building the robots. Students gain a true sense of accomplishment when they see their finished robot performing the tasks it’s programmed to do. It’s like scoring the winning touchdown.
Starting in eighth grade, Laker students can take agriculture science classes, which includes participation in the FFA. Ag education is about more than “cows, plows and sows” – it’s much more. Learning about ag science develops an appreciation for natural resources, the environment, nutrition, food production, and how agriculture fits into society. Students learn to see the “big picture” in agriculture and how important it is to everyone’s life, not just producers. Ag science also helps students more thoroughly understand other types of sciences. In the Thumb area, where agriculture surrounds the small towns and benefits each community in many ways, agriculture science is extremely important.
Anatomy is an honors class at Laker High School, and it allows students to really dig in to the structure of animals and plants. Dissection of animal hearts and fetal pigs are just some of the hands-on projects this course offers, and these projects make anatomy concepts come to life. This class has even inspired some students to pursue a science field in college. This is a challenging yet rewarding class for students who enjoy learning more about the science surrounding them every day.
Forensic science is the application of science for solving crimes where students develop tests to identify unknown powder substances or learn how to detect blood types. This intriguing course is rich in exploration and lab investigation which applies many disciplines of scientific study such as biology/anatomy, chemistry, and physics to solving crimes.
Laker’s high-tech science lab allows students to experience working in a college-level facility while still in high school. Students can perform more experiments than ever before and be safer while experimenting. With a high tech lab, science has been taken to a whole new level with a wider variety of projects and a desire by teachers to “explore science to the fullest” in hands on experiments with their students. New technology also allows students and teachers to present from anywhere in the room and everyone can see and hear what is happening. Learn more about the Laker science labs by DOWNLOADING PDF.
What is STEM Class? Well, it’s a class unique to Laker High School, and it includes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math lessons that tie concepts to real-world projects. Students do a variety of hands-on projects that sharpen their problem-solving and teamwork skills, which are key to succeeding in any career field. In 2017-18, students in STEM class built 3-D printers from scratch. They used these printers to create projects, so they know their printers worked. This is college-level science being conquered by Laker High School students.
Whether experimenting with copper and nitric acid, or creating Christmas ornaments using galvanized iron, hydrochloric acid and copper nitrate solution, chemistry students at Laker High School have the ability to perform experiments not usually available before college. The science lab features eight stations that offer plenty of space for groups to work on experiments while modern safety equipment makes it possible for a wider variety of materials to be used in experiments.
Students in the biology class and the college biology class (offered as an honors class) do many interesting experiments that allow them to explore the many qualities of organisms that surround us every day. Students measure amounts of protein, lipids and carbohydrates in various foods, study various plant cells underneath a microscope, measure and analyze various forms of energy, take water samples and study them over time and much more. When past students come back to visit, they have been in awe of what our science classes offer and ask if they can take college classes here during the summer.
Physical science is one of the first high school science classes that Laker High School students take. The course combines various fields of science, such as environmental science, chemistry and geology. Students learn about a variety of scientific laws and theories as they complete hands-on projects, allowing them to explore the world around them to understand non-living systems. The course is a great way for students to get their feet wet in the wide world of science.
At Laker High School, physics is much more than theories in a textbook. Physics comes to life through experiments in the college-level lab, where students work as teams to discover the nature and properties of matter and energy. Students use problem-solving skills to complete their engineering projects. The technology, the science behind flight, bridge engineering, cell phone science and more. The class culminates with students working as teams to create a Rube Goldberg project, using various forms of energy and motion. Project-based learning is an essential component of this action-packed class.