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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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Along with VEX Robotics teams that compete against other schools, Laker Schools offers VEX Robotics classes in junior high. Students use VEX robotics kits to build and program robots to perform specific functions. 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. Once they each Advanced Ag, students can select what projects they want to work on, with guidance from agriscience teaching staff. 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.
Laker Schools offers a large variety of science opportunities starting in junior high. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders enjoy many hands-on learning activities in their science classes. Sixth and seventh graders also take coding, computer science, engineering and robotics classes that teach fundamental skills to help prepare them for higher-level classes. Eighth graders who qualify can take the Academy Class, which creatively combines science and English. The Academy Class offers many unique hands-on experiences that allow students to learn beyond the textbook.
In high school, Laker students have even more awesome science opportunities with classes such as biology, chemistry, physical science, human body, anatomy, engineering and design, forensic science, physics, lab science, computer science/coding and more. A college-level science lab allows students to conduct a variety of experiments that bring scientific concepts to life. The Innovation Center, a spacious STEM-focused learning lab finished in 2019, offers enrichment in science, technology, engineering and math, with classes such as Mechatronics, AMPed, Geometry in Construction and more. With all of these state-of-the-art learning opportunities, the sky is the limit with what students can achieve.